May 31, 2020
In Genesis 1:1-2, the Holy Spirit is referred to as the wind of God ‘in the beginning.’ In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.
In Ezekiel 37, the Holy Spirit is the breath of God giving life to dry bones. The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?” I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord.” (these verses 1-7 are but an excerpt of a greater acknowledgment from the chapter of God the Spirit’s work)
The Holy Spirit carries through the Gospels and into the New Testament book of Acts as both an ordering wind to the chaotic disciples as well as the breath that brings life to the church at Pentecost. In fact, Pentecost is known as the birth of the church. It is important to note in this day and age that ‘church’ is a living breathing organism rather than the dry bones of a physical structure. Acts 2:1-4: When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
The closing words of the book of New Testament book of Revelation 22:17 are in fact words of invitation and life as commanded by the Holy Spirit and the bride of Christ, the church: The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let everyone who hears say, “Come.” And let everyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift.
The Holy Spirit is the giver of life – the mentor – the empower-er – God with us, within us – present among us from the beginning to the end of the age.
Hear this prayer from the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 3:14-21 and receive the blessing of the Holy Spirt as a blessing to you as you live for Christ in the world:
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.