Torrey - Holy Spirit -7.1- The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Universe

I. THE WORK OF THE SPIRIT IN THE UNIVERSE. Psalm 33:6 — "By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth." Job 33:4 "The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life."

First Proposition: The creation of man and the material universe is effected through the agency of the Holy Spirit.

In Colossians 1:16 RV ("For in him were all things created, in the heavens and upon the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have been created through him and unto him;") all things are said to have been created in the Son. In Hebrews 1:2 ("Hath in those last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds") God is said to have made the worlds (or ages) through Him. In the first passage given above the word as well as the Spirit is mentioned in connection with creation. (Compare to Genesis 1:2-3.)

The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are all active in the creative work. The Father works through His Word and His Spirit. <19A429> Psalm 104:29-30 — "Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust. Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth."

Second Proposition: The maintenance of living creatures is through the agency of the Holy Spirit. Genesis 1:2-3 — -"And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light." Genesis 2:7 — "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."

Third Proposition: The development of the present order of things from the early chaotic, undeveloped state is effected through the agency of the Holy Spirit.

Seemingly, each new and higher impartation of the Spirit of God brings forth a higher order of being — inert matter, motion, light, vegetable life, animal life, man (the new man),Jesus Christ. This is biblical development, as distinguished from the godless evolution so popular today. This, however, is only hinted at in the Bible.

The Word of God is even more plainly active in each stage of progress in creation. "God said" occurs ten times in Genesis 1.