Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Holy Spirit in Creation

Scripture reminds us that the Holy Spirit is the Eternal Spirit (Heb. 9:14), meaning that before creation He always was. The book of Genesis opens with “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” Only God can create! Job 26:13 informs us “By His Spirit He adorned the heavens.” In one of the creatoral Psalms, the Psalmist declares, “You send forth Your Spirit, they are created and You renew the face of the earth” (Ps. 104:30). Another interesting statement is mentioned by the prophet Isaiah 40:7, “The grass withers, the flower fades, because the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely the people are grass.” Again he says, “Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, measured heaven with a span and calculated the dust of the earth in a measure? Weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance? Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, or as His counselor has taught Him (Is. 40:12-14)? 

The Bible also accredits the Holy Spirit with creating human life. In the Hebrew the word for breath (ruah) and the word for spirit is often the same. In Genesis 2:7 we read, “God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living being.” Job 33:4 adds, “The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” We also read in Psalm 33:6, “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.” The word breath in these verses is the same word for “Spirit.”

In all these verse we have looked at we have seen the order of creation, the design of creation, the life of creation, the preservation of creation and that creation is designed for God’s glory as we see in Psalm 19:1, “The heaven declared the glory of God…” 

We usually think of creation as being something that is traced back to God the Father. But in looking all of these Scriptures we have seen the Holy Spirits involvement in creation is clear. The New Testament reveals ascribes the creative work to the Lord Jesus (Jn. 1:3, Col. 1:16-17). But how good to see that each person of the God is involved in creation, this would take us back to Genesis 1:1 where we read “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” The word for the Creator God is “Elohim.” This term is in the plural. The Bible opens with a verse reminded us that the work of creation was the work of the Triune God; God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit and the rest of Scripture supports this teaching!

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