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The Significance Of The Holy Spirit In The Old Testament

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In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit is the source of life and creation. The Holy Spirit worked in the lives of men that God placed His Spirit upon such as prophets and kings to perform His service. Therefore, the Holy Spirit was not given universally in the Old Testament but selectively and temporarily for service. However, in the New Testament, the Spirit grants life to God’s people and believers are brought to faith, in Jesus, through the sovereign work of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit of God is the driving divine force that assisted God with the creation of the things on the earth. Gen. 1:1-2, (KJV), records the first account of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth and the earth was without form and void; and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. In addition, Ps. 33:6 records that the Word of the Lord made the heavens and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. After God created the earth as a habitation, He created man in His own image and likeness. In Gen. 2:7, the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living soul. Therefore, the Holy Spirit grants natural life to all human beings. Paul said the spiritual life is not first, but the natural life is, then the spiritual (1 Cor. 15:46). The Spirit of God reaches into the spirit of the person to do the
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