The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the face of the deep, and the spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. — Genesis 1:2
The mightiest power in the universe comes upon an earth that is empty and without form. That power is the “spirit of God.” It hovers over the surface of the waters and brings the energy of creation to bear on the globe. Yet, look at another scene:
Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward (1 Sam. 16:13, NRSV).
Amazing! The same power that gave form to our planet now comes upon a lad in Judea. It is so mighty that it effected creation — yet, so gentle that it can affect an individual human […]
EDITOR’S CHOICE – ARTICLE
Trying to nail down a biblical definition for the word “spirit” is like trying to give a cat a shower —
It can be done, but only with great difficulty and one is never sure
when he has thoroughly completed the task.
It is my intention to put forth a scriptural definition of the holy spirit in an unbiased manner. I realize that avoiding one’s own doctrinal blind spots is extraordinarily difficult so I welcome criticism.
A Change in View
My previous background in the holy spirit was from a charismatic non-trinitarian perspective. I considered the holy spirit to be an “it” which was given by God to the new convert for use on a daily basis. It was as if God had a large […]