The Breath of Life

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.”


How foolish would it be to say that Adam had the power to form himself, to breathe life, or to make himself a living soul?  It would be as foolish as saying you and I have the power to do any such thing spiritually.  God always does the forming.  He forms the physical body and He forms the spiritual body.  God breathes physical life and God breathes spiritual life.  God gives the living soul and God gives the quickening Spirit.  And all is done in and by and for Christ.


Before ever speaking the heavens and the earth into existence, before even forming Adam’s lifeless body, the Lord God formed another body.  This other body is made up of those He elected unto salvation.  The body of God’s people had nothing to do with the forming because before they had the ability to think or act God formed the body.  And just as God knew Adam before Adam knew himself, God knew each individual member of His body before they knew themselves.  Before God spoke the heavens and the earth into existence He knew me.  When Christ took my sin upon Himself, the innocent in place of the guilty and bore the wrath of God in my place, He knew me.  In time when I was yet in my mother’s womb He knew me.  When I was walking according to the vent of my depraved nature with no desire to know Him He knew me.  Before God, by the work of the Holy Spirit, breathed into me and made me spiritually alive He knew me.     


Think on this, God formed Adam from dust, a thing of little value, a thing with no stability, a thing carried away by the slightest breeze.  There is nothing desirable about dust.  It is made up of insignificant particles that can not be seen unless they collect on our furniture and even then we try our best to wipe it away. Yet God took dust and formed a sinless body.  So it is with God’s elect. God did not choose His people based on any good that they possessed.  God forms the spiritual body from undesirable, dusty sinners. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.  For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

The forming of this spiritual body is in God’s own son, Christ Jesus the Lord.  God chose the dust of the ground, and Christ entered into a covenant with God to be their Surety.  Christ promised to be born of a woman.  Christ promised He would live sinless in order that He might be a spotless sacrifice able to take upon Himself the sins of His people.  Christ promised He would stand before justice and bear the penalty of that sin in order that God’s mercy would not be at the expensive of His justice.  In other words, Christ covenanted to be the Substitute for this elect body that God chose unto salvation.  Remember all this took place before man had done any good or evil, yea before the foundation of the world. 


Throughout history kings were brought up and kings were brought down.  Countries were joined and countries divided.  Whole families were directed and journeyed and lands given and lands taken away.  So much was spoken by the prophets and then after all these generations of God bringing glory to Himself by pictures and types, one night a baby was born—Immanuel, Wonderful, Counsellor, God with us.  And God WITH US walked contrary TO US and, as He promised, no sin was found in Him.  As He promised He lay down His life for that body that God chose to save before He ever made the first drop of water or the first grain of sand.  God, pleased with His Son, raised Him to sit at His right hand.  And at God’s appointed time, He takes each individual member of that body for which Christ died and breathes into their nostrils the breath of life. And just as Adam opened his eyes to life so do those who God gives spiritual life—not born of corruptible seed but born of incorruptible.   For the first time, that which was only dust has communion with God through Christ.  And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes.


What is the difference between physical life and spiritual life?    The man who is only physically alive gives an argument saying that the scriptures are nothing more than a history written by men.  Yet to him made spiritually alive that same word becomes life for it is the word of God Almighty concerning the true Word, Christ our Redeemer. The lifeless body sees an element of good in its members.  The living body sees what it is and desires to be covered in the robe of Christ’s righteousness.  The lifeless body stands up and declares that I’ll not have this man, Jesus, rule over me.  While the living body bows before Him as Lord of lords and King of kings.  The lifeless body scoffs at Christ’s resurrection.  But the new body prays continually assured that we have an Advocate seated at the right hand of the Father, One who ever lives to make intercession between God and men.  The lifeless body says eat, drink, and be merry for this is life.  While the new body waits, comforted by the Holy Spirit, ever watchful for the hour when Christ shall return for His purchased possession.  In that great day the lifeless body will beg, “Worthy am I!” While the living body sings, “Worthy is the Lamb!”

Clay Curtis