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Sets Humans Apart

God ImageUnderstanding and wisdom come from the "Holy Spirit's breath" in a person, rather than any effort of his or her own. In Job 32.8 we read, "But it is the spirit in a person, the breath of the Almighty, that gives them understanding." Note that "the spirit" may be simply translated as "Spirit" in this passage. In this way, God wants humans to be like himself and to understand, to have knowledge. In the Genesis 1.26 we read why we are given understanding, "Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." The phrase "wild animals" may be translated as "the earth." Understanding and wisdom sets humans apart from other animals and are qualities needed both for survival and development.✞

God Breathed

SunWe are created by the Holy Spirit's breath. In Genesis 2.7 we read, "Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being." Note that the Hebrew for "man" (adam) sounds like and may be related to the Hebrew for ground ("adamah"); it is also the name Adam. Once the Spirit's breath is given to human beings, they are given authority over the creation on earth. Genesis 1.28 says "God blessed them and said to them, 'Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.'" This was the divine seal of approval on humanity.✞

Sustain Life

One of the particular functions of the Holy Spirit is to sustain life. He is responsible for "finishing off" what the Creator had set in place. The Spirit's breath is also responsible for the continuance of the cycle of nature and the seasons of the year as they come and go. The Holy Spirit brings understanding to humans and therefore gives them authority.✞

"Holy Spirit's Breath"
by Ron Meacock

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