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August 1, 2021 | Javan Shashaty
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“You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; and You renew the face of the earth.”—Psalm 104:30 (NKJV)
The God of the Bible has revealed Himself to be a compound unity—He is one God who eternally exists in three separate and distinct persons: Father, Son, and Spirit. This is a concept we’ve come to call the Trinity. Though distinct from one another, they function and operate as one, and we see this in the fact that all three were actively present at the time of creation, including the Holy Spirit: “The Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters” (Genesis 1:2b NKJV).
As God, the Holy Spirit had a hand in the creation of all things. That might come as a bit of a surprise to some, because we tend to overlook His creative role “in the beginning.” But we really shouldn’t, since the Scriptures show us the Holy Spirit is constantly and consistently creating new things . . . it’s what He does!
Consider the passage from the Psalm above: “You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; and You renew the face of the earth.” In context, this refers to the Spirit’s role in bringing life to “living things both small and great.” The schools of fish teeming in the sea, the grass covering innumerable fields and the cattle that are nourished by it . . . it all comes by way of God’s Spirit.
There’s another creative work of the Spirit that we celebrate every Christmastime. Matthew 1:20 tells us the body prepared for the eternal Son of God to inhabit was conceived by none other than the Holy Spirit! There would be no incarnation apart from the Spirit’s miraculous creative work within her womb.
But there’s another example of the Spirit’s creation in any person who has placed their trust in Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. As Jesus is delivering one of His most important (and divisive) messages about eternal life, He declares this life is given by the Holy Spirit to those willing to receive Him (John 6:63).
What we see recorded way back in the beginning continues on to this very day. The Spirit continues to work . . . creating and imparting spiritual life that will carry on into all eternity for all whose faith is in Christ. Humanity has hope because the Spirit possesses the power to create.
DIG: What attribute of the Holy Spirit is often overlooked?
DISCOVER: How has the Spirit created in the past?
DO: Reflect on the hope the Spirit’s creative power brings you today.
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.