The Breath of Life
This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown. For the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground; but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground. And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. (Genesis 2:4-7)
Genesis chapter two provides amazing details of the outline of creation from chapter 1. It’s a retelling of sorts, the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created.
Here in this passage we learn the biblical definition of what it means to be alive. While biological life begins at conception, real life … Divine life begins when the Spirit of God is breathed into a human heart. It was as God breathed into Adam’s nostrils that Adam became a living being. Adam (and every subsequent human being) became:
- A soul (living being)
- Who possesses a spirit (to commune with and relate to God)
- And that lives in a body
Adam had been formed from the dust of the ground. As a mere biological man, the elements of his body weren’t worth much at all — being made up of Oxygen (65%), Carbon (18%), Hydrogen (10%), Nitrogen (3%), Calcium (1.5%), Phosphorus (1.0%), Potassium (0.35%), Sulfur (0.25%), Sodium (0.15%), Magnesium (0.05%), Copper, Zinc, Selenium, Molybdenum, Fluorine, Chlorine, Iodine, Manganese, Cobalt, Iron (0.70%), and Lithium, Strontium, Aluminum, Silicon, Lead, Vanadium, Arsenic, Bromine in trace amounts. But with the Divine life, man became as God intended him to be.
Fast forward to the New Testament. Jesus said to Nicodemus in John 3 that a man must be born again to see or perceive the kingdom of God; and he must be born again to enter the kingdom of God. How does this new birth happen? The Holy Spirit does it. When a person believes and receives the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Spirit produces new life, and that person becomes a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).
When the spiritual part of our nature is on top, in the dominant position, our soul and body follow suit. When the body part of our nature is on top, in the dominant position, our soul follows suit and our spirit is nonfunctional.
What a blessing to be truly alive!
For Further Review
1. Have you been born again? Has the Spirit of God given you this Divine life? Have you received the gospel of Jesus Christ? Read John 3:1-16 to help you with your answer.
2. What evidences of God’s life have you experienced? How do you know you have it?
3. In what ways are you feeding and giving precedence to the spiritual part of your nature? What could you do differently if changes need to be made?
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