August 7, 2010

Breath of Life

Genesis 2:4-7 (Message Translation)

This is the story of how it all started, of Heaven and Earth when they were created.

Adam and Eve

At the time GOD made Earth and Heaven, before any grasses or shrubs had sprouted from the ground--GOD hadn't yet sent rain on Earth, nor was there anyone around to work the ground (the whole Earth was watered by underground springs)--GOD formed Man out of dirt from the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life. The Man came alive--a living soul!

We learn more about this from Hebrew 4:12 (GWT) God's word is living and active. It is sharper than any two-edged sword and cuts as deep as the place where soul and spirit meet, the place where joints and marrow meet. God's word judges a person's thoughts and intentions.

In Isaiah 42:1 (NAS) God speaks of His Soul and Spirit. In the Matthews Gospel this is reiterated. "Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations.

Then in 1 Corinthians 15:45 (GWT) This is what Scripture says: "The first man, Adam, became a living being." The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

I will close with Isaiah 26:9 from God’s Word Translation this is my prayer for us all:

With my soul I long for you at night. Yes, with my spirit I eagerly look for you. When your guiding principles are on earth, those who live in the world learn to do what is right.
With the Love of our Christ,

If you want definitions of spirit and soul they are listed below – Enjoy your Saturday =D

Soul - we translated from the Greek word Psuche which means:

1. breath
        a. the breath of life
             1. the vital force which animates the body and shows itself in breathing
             2. of men

2. that in which there is life

3. the soul - the seat of the feelings, desires, affections, aversions (our heart, soul etc.)
         a. the soul as an essence which differs from the body and is not dissolved by death (distinguished
             from other parts of the body)

Spirit – we translated from the Greek word Pneuma which means:

1. the third person of the triune God, the Holy Spirit, coequal, coeternal with the Father and the Son
               a. the rational spirit, the power by which the human being feels, thinks, decides
                     1. the spiritual nature of Christ, higher than the highest angels and equal to God, the
                          divine nature of Christ              
                     2. life giving spirit

2. the disposition or influence which fills and governs the soul of any one
               a. the efficient source of any power, affection, emotion, desire, etc.

3. a movement of air (a gentle blast)
               a. of the wind, hence the wind itself
               b. breath of nostrils or mouth