The Spirit and Creation

We understand from the above verses that the work of the Holy Spirit is God’s work in the OT economy. This is true of creation also. Job identified God’s Spirit or spirit as the agent of creation.

The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life (Job 33:4).  By His breath the heavens gained their beauty; His hand pierced the fleeing serpent. These are but the fringes of His ways; how faint is the word we hear of Him! Who can understand His mighty thunder? (Job 26:13-14).

“By His breath” is wxwrb (bruahu) and it can be translated “by His Spirit” or “by His wind.” These translations are possible in the creation account, where Myhla xwrw (wruahu elohim “spirit or Spirit of God”) was involved. It seems the Spirit was active in creation’s order, design, and control.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters (Genesis 1:1-2).

Creation is attributed to Christ in the NT.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created (John 1:1-3).

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation; because by Him everything was created, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities all things have been created through Him and for Him (Colossians 1:15-16).

It is probable that all three persons of the Godhead were involved in creation as with prophecy since the Spirit of God is identified as “the Spirit of Christ.”

You, however, are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God lives in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him (Romans 8:9).

If all three persons of the Godhead are involved in creation and prophecy, the person of the Holy Spirit is definitely present in the OT.

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