Holy Spirit in Creation

The Creation is generally ascribed to God in the Bible, without distinction of person. Usually, we find references such as, “Lord created” or “God created”, but occasionally there are exceptions to this. For example, in John, concerning Jesus Christ.

All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. (John 1:3)

We know that Jesus Christ was also prominent in the creation. In the Old Testament, there are several passages that suggest the Holy Spirit’s involvement with the Creation. We see this in Genesis 1:2:“And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters”.

Here, Moses said that the Spirit hovered over the unformed matter and over the waters. If this is a reference to direct creation by God, we still have the Spirit active in the work. It is in Isaiah, where the Spirit is identified with the creating work of God.

Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him? With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding? (Isaiah 40:12-14)

Through this verse, we see it is the Holy Spirit that is associated with the creating work. The Holy Spirit is so great, that to describe His handiwork is to say that He took all of the dirt of the earth and placed it in a little balance—a divine balance. He is so great and it is He who is responsible for the creation.

By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent. (Job 26:13)

In this verse, Job said that the creating work had been done by God, through His Spirit.

The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life. (Job 33:4)

We see from these passages that the Holy Spirit is identified in the creation of the universe, and He is also identified in the creation of man.

Categories: Theology

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