Summary: Spiritual worldveiw and the Holy Spirit. Also Gen1:1-5. Holy Spirit in OT and NT
As we have been working through our series we have seen: Our Spiritual Worldview will determine what we experience spiritually and will determine how we understand spiritual events. For example: If I see spiritual events through a pagan spiritual world view I will interpret spiritual events produced by the Holy Spirit as the acts of spiritual force as we saw Simon did, two weeks ago…An art to learn, to manipulate, to accomplish my will. I believe the Pagan Spiritual Worldview is dominant today, even by many who fill church pews, but if I see spiritual events through a biblical worldview, I will understand Holy Spirit is a person – not a force, or some kind of spiritual power, we can manipulate.
We also saw last week that the Holy Spirit is God, part of the Godhead
Father, Son, Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is part of the inseparable God,
yet distinctly a person/personality. A paradox – we have difficulty understanding.
We saw the Trinity works together to fully accomplish God’s will. Trinity in action
Father – initiates.
Son - accomplishes Father’s will.
Holy Spirit – brings to fruition.
The Holy Spirit is our connecting point . Through the Holy Spirit the Inaccessible God is Accessible. Our priority then is, knowing and understanding the Holy Spirit. The funny thing is – the Holy Spirit is the part of the Trinity we know the least, when really, we should know him the closest. So let’s find our more about the Holy Spirit…
Myth: The Holy Spirit is active only in the New Testament. The Holy Spirit has always been active.
We read in
Acts 2:1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.
Acts 2:2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.
Acts 2:3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.
Acts 2:4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
And we are told by commentators – this is the age of the Spirit and they are right, but that doesn’t mean the Holy Spirit wasn’t at work since the beginning. There is a major difference in Holy Spirit working in OT times and today, and it is this: Since Pentecost the Holy Spirit is with every believer, before Pentecost the Holy Spirit was with selected believers. Today – all believers. Before Pentecost - selected believers.
We will see an example of this today from our Numbers passage. The Holy Spirit was working since the beginning….Let’s take a look at our passage from Genesis.
The Holy Spirit and Creation.
2 Now the earth was formless and empty,
darkness was over the surface of the deep,
and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
NIV – hovering.
KJV - And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
ASV – the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
NRSV - while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.
Each translation attempts to capture what is happening here. In the Hebrew - literally, HMT – and rooch elohim j…wr MyIhølTa, fluttered over the water. Here again we have the trinity in action. Here the Holy Spirit is….present, waiting.