The Spirit Breaks through the Darkness

The creation account in Genesis 1 tells us that “a mighty wind,” the “breath” or “spirit” of God hovered over the waters and brought life and light out of chaos and darkness. The Holy Spirit is proclaimed in the Creed to be “the Lord and Giver of Life,” and this is true both on a natural and supernatural level. On the first Easter night, Jesus breathes His Spirit upon the Apostles, that they too might bring new life out of the chaos and darkness of sin. A second Creation account is taking place here. God indeed “has sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins.” To worship the Holy Spirit, then, demands that we stand against all that destroys life, and that we bring repentance to those who have done so.

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