The Work of the Holy Spirit

what-the-Holy-Spirit-doesThe earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. (Genesis 1:2)

In Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 24, and 26 we read the repeated phrase “then God said.” This is the voice of the logos of John 1:1-3, 14. It’s the Eternal Son of God initiating each act of creation, on each day of creation.

Genesis 1:2 tells us that the Holy Spirit was also involved. The initial creation of Genesis 1:1 was undeveloped. The earth was a desolate, waste place. It was not as we see it today. It lacked order and definition. It lacked light and life. The purpose and result of creation had not yet been realized.

Enter the Spirit of God on to the scene. He began to move. In union with the Father (Genesis 1:1, cf. Revelation 4:11) and the Son, the Holy Spirit brought it all together. He was working. Note this vital truth: God the Spirit works with and through the Word of God (Jesus) and the word of God (the Bible). He always has worked that way; He always will.

This first mention of the work of the Holy Spirit is an important one. It’s a prefiguring of what He would do throughout the scriptures, and also of what He does in the lives of true believers. He enhances everything about life. He regenerates human beings that believe the gospel message of Jesus Christ (John 3:3-8). He lives inside of the same … bringing assurance, confidence, and victory over the things of the flesh (Romans 8:14-16; Galatians 5:16-24). He empowers believers for Christian service (Acts 1:8).

It’s accurate to say that any person attempting to live life without the Spirit of God is not living real life at all. Real life … resurrection life … abundant life … overflowing life — is not possible or realized apart from the Spirit of God moving. Life without the Spirit of God is formless, void, and dark … exactly as the creation had been in Genesis 1:2. But then the Holy Spirit began to move. Hallelujah!

For Further Review

1.  What is your personal testimony? If you are a true believer, think back on your new birth. What happened to you? How did the Holy Spirit manifest real life within you?

2.  Recollect an instance when the Holy Spirit moved in your life as a true believer. How was disorder turned into order? How did confusion become clarity? How was fear replaced by confidence? Don’t forget to worship as you ponder these things.

3.  Do you realize your need for the Holy Spirit today? Spend some time asking God to fill you again with the Spirit. Pray about areas of fear, apprehension, uncertainty, need, or lack of direction. Rely upon the Holy Spirit to give you what you need today.

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