The Breath of Life


From Pastor’s Desk: 9-4-16

Job 33:4 The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

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In creation, it was the breath of God that was necessary for man to become a living soul. Lying there, God’s supreme masterpiece was lifeless until God breathed into him the breath of life.

2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” Interestingly, the word from which “creature” is derived is κτίσις ktisis (ktis’-is), which is, “original formation”… Original formation was such that the earth was without form and void, there was no life until the Spirit of God moved. (Genesis 1:1-2). Our lives were, spiritually, “without form and void,” dead in the trespass of sin before the Holy Spirit breathed into us the breath of life and we were “born again” or, became this new creature. Indeed, “…old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

To Titus, Paul wrote “He saved us, not because of the good things we did, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins and gave us a new life through the Holy Spirit” (3:5). How did that new life come? By the Spirit breathing new life into us!

Ezekiel 37 gives us the account of the four winds called to breath into the valley filled with dry, sun-bleached bones, causing them to come together until they stood up on their feet “an exceeding vast army.”

Peter wrote that “…holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Peter 1:21). “Moved” comes from phero (fer’o) or, carried along.

Jesus, in John 20:22, “…breathed on them and said, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost.'”

We take our first breath as we come into this world, we breathe our last when we depart. ἐκπνέω ekpneō (ek-pneh’-o), to expire, is the word for “gave up the ghost” as Jesus breathed his last breath in this world, finishing all that the Father had sent Him to do (Luke 23:46 +).

If the church, individual and collectively, loses the anointing for some reason or another, it becomes lifeless and is no longer a vibrant, energetic, strong, body of Christ. Pray that we never reach that stature or status.

May we ever make this old chorus our prayer:                                                                             Let it breathe on me, let it breathe on me,                                                                                     Let the breath of God now breathe on me

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