The Holy Spirit: A Creator out of Nothing

This is part two of a three part series on the Holy Spirit – the one who is a conveyor of truth, a creator out of nothing, and a comforter of the afflicted.

The Creator out of Nothing

Genesis 1:1-1, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”

Psalm 104: 31-2, “You send forth your Spirit, and they are created; and so you renew the face of the earth. May the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the LORD rejoice in all his works.”

The Spirit that is hovering over the waters in Genesis 1 and the Spirit that God sends forth in Psalm 104 are one and the same. In both statements, the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, creates – and creates from nothing.

“This is,” writes Regin Prenter, the Holy Spirit’s “eternally life-creating and life-saving work. And this the one work into which he, as the creative spirit, draws us away from the destruction of sin, death and hell.” The creative spirit of Genesis 1 and Psalm 104 is the re-creative spirit, fashioning from the nothingness of sin and death the new creatures of righteousness and life.

God is always at work to bring life out of death (Col 2:13-14). As Jesus finally exhaled on the cross, that last breath unto death became our first breath of new life, just as a lifeless Adam received life by way of God’s breath (Gen 2). We are made new (2 Cor 5:17-19) by the power and creative work of the Holy Spirit. God’s breath is profound: It is the rushing wind by which we are made alive out of death.

Our gift, though, contains much more than new breath. As we receive, by faith, the Holy Spirit who is the source – the very creator – of our new life (Gal. 3:2ff), we are accounted righteous, justified, and are recreated. We are given new hearts to love, new minds to discern, new eyes to see and new ears to hear. Best of all, these are not one-time gifts, but continual ones: a daily death and resurrection, creation and recreation…a new “us” every morning.

The Holy Spirit is gift, given to sinners in the event of recreating them. This saving and creative gift is forever actively speaking to us, breathing into us, and acting through us. Out of our condemnation, death, and despair the Holy Spirit creates innocence, life, and hope.


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