Spirit of the Living God
5/7 – And the Spirit of God . . . (Genesis 1:2; 2:7; Job 33:4)
Introduction — Here the biblical writers affirm the Spirit of God who creates and speaks and gives life. God the Spirit is present in creation. God the Spirit is close to His creation. He breathes life into His humans. The Spirit gives life. The Spirit brings new life. He brings those who are dead in sin to life. The Spirit is life. Do we see the value of life? Do we cherish the gift of life? Do we thank God for each breath? Do we see our worth before God? Do we see the worth of every person before God? Do we fathom the grace of new life from God? Do we see the majesty of God? Do we fathom the power of God? Do we stand in awe of God? Do we view our need for God? Do we repent of our pride before God? Do we bow in worship before God the Spirit? Do we listen to God the Spirit? Do we grasp the work of God the Spirit? Do we know God the Spirit?
To know God is to know God the Spirit. And the Spirit of God creates and speaks and gives life. He is life. Do we see the value of life? Do we cherish the gift of life? Do we see our need for Him? Do we stand in awe of Him?
And the Spirit of God is life!
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.
Comment: Here the writer of Genesis introduces the reader to the sweeping narrative of God’s creation. From the start, we see the majesty of God. We see the power of God. We see the wonder of God. We see the creativity of God. We see the order of God. We see the matchlessness of God. We see the glory of God. We see that God is life—active, full, involved, and intimate. The Spirit of God is moving, brooding over the face of the waters. He is close to His creation. The Spirit of God is sovereign over His creation. The Spirit of God is well aware of every facet of His creation. He is near. And He is life. Question: Do you see the wonder of life? Do you marvel at the Spirit of God who is life? Do you stand in awe of Him? Do you have hope in Him?
Verse: Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ~ Romans 15:13 Application: Remember that the Spirit of God is life. He is mighty. He is powerful. He is active. He is close to us. He is sovereign over us. The Spirit of God is awesome.
And the Spirit of God gives life!
7 Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
Comment: Here the writer of Genesis tells how God formed man from the dust of the ground. God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. God is life. The Spirit of God gives life. That Yahweh Elohim formed man with the care of a potter who shapes a precious clay vase and that He breathed into man like a camper who fervently fans life into a fledgling fire shows the power and precious nature of our life, of all life. Indeed, life is good. Life is glorious. Life is vibrant. Life is amazing. Life is breathtaking. Life is serious. Life is vital. Life is beautiful. Life is fantastic. Life is valuable. Life is relationships (Let us make man in Our image ~ Gen. 1:26). Life is a gift from God. Question: Do you see the worth of all people before God? Do you thank God for the gift of life? Do you value life? Do you consider the wonder of life? Do you see God as the author of life?
Verse: He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things. ~ Acts 17: 25 Application: Remember that the Spirit of God gives life. He is the author of all life. All life is a gift from God. Speak up for life. Cherish life. Honor life. Be grateful for life.
And the Spirit of God gives me life!
4 The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
Comment: Here the writer of Job gives insight into the words of Elihu. This young man reminds Job that he, too, is a person made in the image of God. Elihu says, “The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” His statement is personal. His statement is powerful. Elihu relates the grace, beauty, wonder, mystery, and joy of life given from the Almighty. Elihu knows who he is. He knows that he is a person alive by the grace of God. He knows that he is a person of worth before God. Elihu knows that God knows and cares for him. Elihu sees the movement of God upon Him. He sees the hand of God upon him. Elihu sees the life of God within him. He knows God’s grace. Question: Do you see your worth before God? Do you see the hand of God upon you? Do you see God’s grace at work within you? Do you see your need for God? Do you stand in awe of God? Verse: For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. ~ Ephesians 2:10 Application: Remember that the Spirit of God gives you life. He called you to new life. He made you alive, even when you were dead in your sins. Thank Him. Praise Him. Follow Him.
Word Study for Genesis 1:2: 2:7; Job 33:4
1:1 beginning (reshiyth—beginning; chief; starting point; what comes first)
1:1 created (bara—shape; carve out; make; do)
1:2 formless (tohu—wilderness; wasteland; emptiness; desert; nothing; confusion)
1:2 void (bohu—emptiness; waste)
1:2 Spirit (ruach—breeze; breath; wind; sense; mind)
1:2 God (elohim—God; deity)
1:2 moving (rachaph—hover; shake; tremble; flutter; to brood over)
1:2 surface (paneh—face; front; turned towards; visible side)
2:7 LORD (yhwh—Yahweh; I AM)
2:7 formed (yatsar—to form; fashion; create; shape; the potter; forge; ordain; destin)
2:7 man (adam—man; human; mankind)
2:7 ground (adamah—earth; soil; land)
2:7 breathed (napah—to fan; to set aflame; to blow; breathe)
2:7 life (hay—alive; living; vigorous; flourish; joy of life; lifespan)
2:7 being (nephesh—soul; living being; life; neck; breath)
33:4 Spirit (ruach—breeze; breath; wind; sense; mind)
33:4 made (asah—do; make; accomplish; manufacture; labor; cause; prepare)
33:4 breath (neshamah—movement of air; breath; life; spirit; nostrils; face)
33:4 Almighty (sadday—Shaddai; most powerful; the Almighty)
Application for Genesis 1:2: 2:7; Job 33:4
Let’s bow in wonder before God, the creator.
Let’s see the majesty of God.
Let’s listen to the voice of God.
Let’s marvel at the handiwork of God.
Let’s give God our attention.
Let’s give God our thanks.
Let’s give God our praise.
Let’s give God our hearts.
Gospel Connections for Genesis 1:2: 2:7; Job 33:4
God—the Father, Son, and Spirit—created the universe. God gives life. God is life. Into the darkness and chaos of our lives God shines brightly. He speaks order. He speaks light. God the Spirit was actively involved in creation. He is active still. The breath of the Almighty gives life. By God’s grace, every person has life. All people bear the image of God, but not all people know God. They need to be born again. By God’s grace, every person who receives Christ has new life. God the Spirit brings people who are spiritually dead to life. He takes out the heart of stone, and gives them a heart of flesh. The Spirit gives life. God the Spirit is life.
Thoughts and Quotes for Genesis 1:2: 2:7; Job 33:4
In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on. ~ Robert Frost
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~ Anne Frank
May you live every day of your life. ~ Jonathan Swift
There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it. ~ Gustave Flaubert
The soul is like an uninhabited world that comes to life only when God lays His head against us. ~ Thomas Aquinas
The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one's 'own,' or 'real' life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one's real life—the life God is sending one day by day. ~ C.S. Lewis
Thoughts and Quotes about the Holy Spirit
From the Baptist Faith and Message 2000
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. Through illumination He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He calls men to the Saviour, and effects regeneration. At the moment of regeneration He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is the guarantee that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.
God begins the process of perfecting us from the moment we are converted from unbelief to faith in Christ. The Holy Spirit regenerates us. He give us a new heart with a new set of holy desires (Ezek. 36:26). He transforms our stubborn wills. He opens our hearts to embrace the truth rather than reject it. He enables us to believe rather than doubt. He gives us a hunger for righteousness an a desire for Him. And thus the new birth transforms the inner person. From that point on, everything that occurs in our lives - good or bad - God uses to move us toward being like Christ (Rom. 8:28-30). ~ John MacArthur, Jr.
Only the Holy Spirit can open our eyes. Only He can convict us of the depth of our sin, and only He can convince us of the truth of the Gospel. ~ Billy Graham
O my soul, is not this enough? Dost thou need more strength than the omnipotence of the United Trinity? Dost thou want more wisdom than exists in the Father, more love than displays itself in the Son, or more power than is manifest in the influences of the Spirit? ~ Charles H. Spurgeon
Nothing but a miracle of grace can lead to the saving of any sinner. Oh, my reader, be not deceived on this vital matter; to mortify the lusts of the flesh, to be crucified unto the world, to overcome the Devil, to die daily unto sin and live unto righteousness, to be meek and lowly in heart, trustful and obedient, pious and patient, faithful and uncompromising, loving and gentle; in a word, to be a Christian, to be Christ-like, is a task far, far beyond the poor resources of fallen human nature. ~ Arthur W. Pink
For if we see that the sun, in sending forth its rays upon the earth, to generate, cherish, and invigorate its offspring, in a manner transfuses its substance into it, why should the radiance of the Spirit be less in conveying to us the communion of his flesh and blood? Wherefore the Scripture, when it speaks of our participation with Christ, refers its whole efficacy to the Spirit. Instead of many, one passage will suffice. Paul, in the Epistle to the Romans (Rom. 8:9-11), shows that the only way in which Christ dwells in us is by his Spirit. By this, however, he does not take away that communion of flesh and blood of which we now speak, but shows that it is owing to the Spirit alone that we possess Christ wholly, and have him abiding in us. ~ John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion
To be Spirit-filled is to be Christ-centered. ~ John MacArthur, Strange Fire