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Outgoing Creative Energy

Creation AnimalsAt the origins of the World, the Holy Spirit was "hovering" over the forming Creation. We read in Genesis 1.2, "Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters." Frank Derek Kidner (1913-2008) was a British Old Testament scholar, best known for writing commentaries. He summarized the work of the Holy Spirit on creation in Genesis this way, "In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit is a term for God's outgoing creative energy and sustaining."

Creation Jesus

Creation FirstbornGod's Son, Jesus, was himself also present with the Holy Spirit and the Heavenly Father at the initial formation of all matter. This point in time has commonly come to be known as "the big bang." Scientists have postulated that this all took place in a fraction of a second though I find it hard to perceive moons, planets, and suns being flung across the universe almost instantaneously. It defies logic but there again God is not bound by logic nor the physical laws we have discovered and set our clocks by. Genesis 1.1 explained creation as six "days of creation." We should note here that the word for "Days" may be translated as "eons." An "Eon" is defined in geology as "a major division of geological time, subdivided into eras." Saint Paul wrote in Colossians 1.15-16, "The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him." Jesus had a vital role in the Creation itself.

Creator Spirit

Dr Charles MalikThe Genesis narratives describe the greatest possible power of the creator Spirit and Jesus. They appear together at the origins of all matter in the Universe.The presence of Jesus at the Creation and his partnership with the creative Spirit, are events of the greatest possible magnitude in human history. History is divided by Jesus Christ into "Anno Domini" (AD) meaning "in the year of the Lord" and refers specifically to the birth of Jesus Christ. BC means "before Christ." These terms were used to indicate or label years in the Julian and Gregorian calendars from 525 AD counting the years from the date of the birth of Jesus. In the words of Charles Malik of Lebanon, (1906-1987) who was an academic, diplomat and philosopher, "Jesus Christ is the hinge of history, the origin of Christianity." Saint John in 1 John 1.1 explained the coming of Jesus, "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched - this we proclaim concerning the Word of life." Note that John described Jesus as "from the beginning" and of course this links up to Genesis 1.1 "In the beginning, God."

Holy Jesus

AtlasBruce Larson (1925-2008) who ministered at the Crystal Cathedral in California, in his book "Believe and Belong" described two statues on Fifth Avenue in New York. He viewed them as an illustration of the Holy Spirit's work with Jesus in the Creation. At the entrance to the RCA Building which renamed the "GE Building," stands a muscular Atlas straining to hold up the world on his shoulders. On the opposite side of Fifth Avenue in St Patrick's Cathedral is a statue of the little boy Jesus, at perhaps 8 or 9 years old, who with no effort is holding the world in one hand. The second person of the Trinity, Jesus, is more than our Savior, he holds up the earth in his hand and by his word.

Life-Giving Spirit

Spirit ImageThe life-giving Spirit breathes the breath of human creation into the World and the Universe. He brings it into being from nothing and gives it ongoing life! At the beginnings of the Creation, the life-giving Spirit filled a human being created by God. In Job 33.4, we read, "The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life." A human being was created by the hand of God from dust in Genesis 2.7 and the dust was lifeless until the Almighty breathed into it. "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." We noted here that the Hebrew for "man" was "Adam" and this sounded like and may be related to the Hebrew for "ground" which is "adamah." It is also the name of the first human being called appropriately "Adam". It is interesting to read that modern science has found that every chemical element found in the human body is present in the ground.

Wind Through a Turbine

The word "spirit" was used by New Testament translators to represent the Greek noun "pneuma" which originally meant "a current of air." It was familiar to us in such modern phrases as "pneumatic tires" which meant "containing or operated by air or gas under pressure." This was also close to the Hebrew word "ruach." This life-giving "breath, wind or spirit" was a translation of the Hebrew word "ruach" which itself sounds like a deep breath from the lungs. The Holy Spirit appeared in the Old Testament as God's energy let loose. The author W. McNeile Dixon (1866-1946) wrote in "The Human Situation" that "It is not the lofty sails but the unseen wind that moves the ship." As time passed the word "Spirit" began to symbolize other forms of unseen energy or life.

Holy Spirit Fingers

Spirit Renews EarthOne undeniable universal principle for all who believe is that "when God takes away his breath everything dies and returns to dust." The direct opposite of this, of course, is the bringing of life by the Spirit. The Psalmist wrote in Psalm 104.30, "When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground." The Holy Spirit or the "Spirit of God" referred to "the divine force, quality and influence of the Highest God" as well as of the person of the Holy Spirit in the Trinity. Scholars explained that the phrase "Holy Spirit" literally meant, "the Spirit of the holiness" or "the spirit of the holy place." The Christian understanding of "Holy Spirit" differed from the Jewish one in that Jews believed that the term "Spirit" referred to the "divine characteristic of prophecy and wisdom," whereas Christians regarded the Holy Spirit as a "separate identifiable person in the Godhead." One of the Spirit's roles was to bring new life and renewal to people, plants, animals and all living things on the earth. In the midst of the debate around the theories of "Evolution" where "genetic changes and natural selection account for the variety of humankind" and "Creation" or the "instantaneous forming from nothing of all matter, beings, plants and animals" we have forgotten that in fact the Creation was considered as finished and it was described in the words of God himself as being "very good." Thereafter, the Holy Spirit set about sustaining and no doubt adapting what was created to an ever-changing environment. This adaption was an anticipated work of the Holy Spirit, perfectly normal and to be expected.

Adorns the Heavens

The Holy Spirit had the special job of beautifying and adorning the heavens after the original Creation according to Job 26.13, "By his breath the skies became fair; his hand pierced the gliding serpent." Psalm 8.3 extended this thought, "When I consider the heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon, and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?" This last phrase may also be translated as "what is a human being that You are mindful of him, a son of man that you care for him?" Human beings were a mere drop in the bucket when compared to the moon and the stars and the rest of Creation, but God cared particularly for each and every one of us and that includes you and me!

Finger of God

Fingers TouchingThe phrase "your fingers" in Psalm 8.3, "When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers," referred to the work of the Holy Spirit at the Creation. John Owen (1616-1683) the devout Welsh Nonconformist Puritan leader wrote, "By the finger or fingers of God, the Spirit of God is in an especial manner intended." Owen married Mary Rooke and had eleven children. Tragically, ten of them died in infancy but Owen was unfailing in his faith. He was a convinced Calvinist and argued for the predetermined will of God, who directed all things. His loss of all his children even the eleventh of consumption did not deter him but reinforced his belief in the all-encompassing will of the Almighty. He was a man firm in his belief in the Holy Spirit fingers in all parts of his life to the end!✞

"Spirit Creation"
by Ron Meacock

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