Good morning, Father!
Thank you so much for letting me start my newest website yesterday! Somehow, I feel more complete, more fully alive. Like I can breathe out fully now. The pouring forth of my soul in writing deeply about my life and experiences feels like a sigh or a healing exhalation. Perhaps that is not so far from the truth!
Genesis 2:7 ERV
Then the LORD God took dust from the ground and made a man. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nose, and the man became a living thing.
John 3:5-8 ERV
Jesus answered, “Believe me when I say that everyone must be born from water and the Spirit. Anyone who is not born from water and the Spirit cannot enter God’s kingdom.
The only life people get from their human parents is physical. But the new life that the Spirit gives a person is spiritual.
Don’t be surprised that I told you, ‘You must be born again.’
The wind blows wherever it wants to. You hear it, but you don’t know where it is coming from or where it is going. It is the same with everyone who is born from the Spirit.”
John 4:23-24 ERV
But the time is coming when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. In fact, that time is now here. And these are the kind of people the Father wants to be his worshipers.
God is spirit. So the people who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
~ ALL the highlighted words in these verses (made bold print) can be translated as either spirit, breath, or wind. ~
In the first verse, from Genesis, we see that our very life comes from God’s breath. Job was aware of this, testifying to his friends that the spirit of God was in his nostrils (Job 27:3) and again that the breath of the Almighty has given him life (Job 33:4). People in those more spiritually aware days could easily see the connection between spirit and breath. In fact BOTH the Hebrew and the Greek words highlighted in the verses above are throughout the Bible translated as either spirit or breath, interchangeably. Spirit IS breath, and breath hath spirit.
It seems like if a Bible reader knows a single Greek word, it is likely to be AGAPE (agape = one word for love in Greek, referring to God’s unconditional love vs. brotherly or lustful love, philos and eros). I was an oddball. The first Greek word I ever learned and took to heart was pneuma, which is translated in the two sets of verses from John above as “spirit” or even “Spirit”. Pneuma, delightfully, means “a current of air, breath or a breeze, the vital principle, a human spirit, a demon, an angel, or God’s Spirit.” I have loved that since I was brand-new to God’s Word. 😀 People kinda tease me that I have forever said, “I like his breath!” when referring to certain musicians. I truly think that as humans made in God’s image with God’s breath in our nostrils, we are more aware of the spiritual nature of things than we typically allow into our consciousness. We are either drawn to certain things, or repelled by them. I think this is at least in part due to whether they align with our own SPIRIT or not.
I Corinthians 2:14 KJV
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
~ Here, “natural man” = “bestial nature”. “Spirit” = pneuma and “spiritually” = the adverb form of pneuma. ~