onsdag 31. august 2016

It is about breath

“Breath” is one of the most common images of the Spirit, and it has been there since the creation story:
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
Gen 2:7 KJV
The image of the Holy Spirit as life-giving breath – a “kiss of life” – is beautiful, and it makes a lot of thoughts fall into place, like e.g. the fact that the regeneration is an act of the Holy Spirit. Like the oxygen is vital for my physical life, is the breath of life from the Spirit vital for my spiritual life.

It must have been important for the resurrected Jesus to make a point of this by doing it literally:

Again Jesus said, "Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you." And with that he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit".
John 20:21-22
It is important also to note that the purpose of the breath is to be empowered and ‘equipped for every good work’;
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Tim 3:16-17
…and in prolongation of these verses, I quote Brengle once again:
“While others debate about the inspiration of the Word, let us eat it, drink it, preach it, and live thereby, and we shall live in the power of ‘an endless life’. Hallelujah!” (1)
‘Manna’ for today:
I breathe in the breath of the Spirit
(1) Samuel Logan Brengle in: ”A Month with Samuel Brengle” p 4

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