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Sets Humans Apart

God ImageUnderstanding and wisdom came 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. God wanted humans to be like himself and to understand and to have knowledge. In the Genesis 1.26 we read why we were 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." Humans were intended to rule over all creation. Understanding and wisdom set humans apart from other animals and were qualities needed for survival, control and development.✞

God Breathed

SunWe were 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." Once the Spirit's breath was given to human beings, they acquired authority over the creation on earth. Genesis 1.28 said "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. One of the particular functions of the Holy Spirit was to sustain life. He was responsible for "finishing off" what the Creator had set in place. The Holy Spirit's breath was also responsible for the continuance of the cycle of nature and the seasons of the year as they came and went. The Holy Spirit brought understanding to humans and therefore gave them authority.✞

"Holy Spirit's Breath"
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by Ron Meacock

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