Genesis 2:7 – Our Source of Life

Here is another perspective or way to look at the creation of man.   I will give you some advanced spiritual concepts and truths, using scriptures in the Bible.  We know from Genesis 2:7 that God forms the body of the man from the dust of the ground.  Then let’s read what happens:

 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.

 We can see that man’s life came directly from God, for it says God breathed into his nostrils, the breath of life.  What exactly is the breath of life?   The Bible gives us some valuable clues if we are able to put them together and see them.  The first thing we should realize is that the body was not the man and did not contain any life until God did something to produce the life.  God must have imparted something that made the man unique from the rest of creation.  No where in the Bible, does it say God breathed into the body of a monkey or a chimpanzee to cause them to live.  Right there we can see a major difference between animals and man.  I believe there is sufficient scientific evidence such as DNA that when interpreted correctly shows man did not come from monkeys.  But natural men who are convinced there is no God will always try to come up with a natural explanation of how we got here. 

 James 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

 This verse in James declares a universal truth that applies to every man, woman and child.  It says if the body is alive, it (the body) has a spirit within it.  I guess what it actually says, is without the spirit, the body is dead.  So when God formed a body from the dust of the ground for Adam, was it dead or alive at first?  Let’s start by asking, was Adam a spirit being?  Of course he had to be a spirit being.  God is a spirit (John 4:24) and man was made in the image of God, so man has to be a spirit.  So where did Adam get his spirit?  Of course it had to come from God.  It is interesting that it says God breathed into the nostrils the breath of life.  I take that to mean his spirit and not just God’s attempt at CPR.  If God breathed spirit life into Adam whose spirit was it?  Of course it was God’s spirit.  Again, more difficult concepts to grasp and understand.  But we can confirm this by looking at other scripture in the Bible:

 Hebrews 12:9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of sprits and live?

 Here is another fascinating scripture that contains another universally true statement.  It says God is the Father of spirits.  That of course would be every spirit, good, bad or indifferent.  Therefore, Adam by implication was a son of God.  People will automatically think that I just put Adam on the same class and level as Jesus, but I didn’t.  I did not say Adam was God, I just said he was a child of the Almighty.  So put down your stones and read.  Why is it important to see this relationship between God and Adam?  I’m sorry I don’t have time to explain that right now.  Perhaps we will get into that later.  So does the Bible say that Adam was a son of God?  We just read a scripture that implied it very strongly but there is another reference that comes to mind.  In the genealogy of Jesus in Luke the 3rd chapter we can read a long, list of father and son relationships starting with Joseph going all the way back to Adam.  Then guess what says in verse 38:

 Luke 3:38  Which was the son of Enoch, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.

 Here is a key to correct Bible interpretation, be consistent.  If every named pair represents a father and a son relationship except the last one, that would be an inconsistent interpretation.  You have to apply the same logic to very member in the list or else it is not a list of anything, just a bunch of names. 

 What we have discovered is that God is the source of our life and that our life is not physical first, but spiritual first.  Then after the impartation of the spiritual, we can see the clear implication that only then can we have physical life.  This is applicable to many things in the Bible and contains valuable lessons for us all.

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About agapegeek

Using the Bible to understand the Bible! Advanced Bible study for mature Chrisitians who want to grow.

Posted on November 10, 2009, in Bible Study, Chapter 2, Genesis and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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