Christ – the Breath of Life
“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” – (Gen.2:7).
“And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost” – (Jn.20:22).
The first breath of life on earth was God’s breath that breathed into Adam’s nostrils and gave the first man the breath of life, and man became a living soul, a soul destined for Heaven or Hell, to live forever somewhere. Man has an immortal soul that goes on forever either with eternal life in Heaven or eternal death in the lake of fire. God gave man not only physical life but spiritual life also. Man has in his being a capacity for God and that’s what separates man from all other creatures on earth. Man is now brought into a marvelous relationship with his Creator. Man is fearfully and wonderfully made. Adam and Eve had eternal life before they sinned and died.
And when the Lord Jesus breathed on His disciples, saying “Receive ye the Holy Ghost,” He was saying, in effect, that
He was God who first breathed into Adam’s nostrils the breath of life and now He
was imparting to them spiritual life again, creating them anew. The only
possible way for the natural man to become a new creature is through Christ –
He is the life-giving power of the Holy Spirit. It is the Spirit that quickens
and makes the life-giving power of the Holy Spirit. It is the Spirit that
quickens and makes us alive, it is the Spirit that
makes us born again children of God. “Ye
are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if so be that the spirit of God dwell
in you. Now if any man have
not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His” – (Rom.8:9). Again – “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and
of the spirit, he cannot enter into the
Notice Jesus compares the Holy Spirit of life to wind and that’s what He was showing His disciples when He breathed on them. His breath was like the wind that would give them a new birth and eternal life. It was imparted to them as an earnest of what they would receive on the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Ghost came upon the 120 in the upper room as a rushing mighty wind. The Holy Spirit is the breath of God, the Son of God, that gives a new spiritual birth and eternal life to all true believers in Christ. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” – (Rom.6:23). Sin causes not only the death of the body, but the death of the Spirit as well. When we’re saved and born again of the Holy Spirit our sins are forgiven by the blood of Christ and our spirit is quickened and made alive unto God. We have been given the breath of life, the breath of eternal life, from the Lord Jesus. Praise His name – “Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord” – (Ps.150:6).
Man calls breathing, respiration. It’s the taking in of oxygen and the giving off of carbon dioxide. All living things must breathe in order to live and that includes plants as well as animals. All living cells need oxygen in order to carry out their various functions, these functions stop quickly if the supply of oxygen fails. When you stop breathing, you die. But if you are given artificial respiration by another person breathing their breath into you before too long a time has passed, you can be revived. Or they can use a resuscitator that pushes oxygen into your body. God has shown this with his two prophets in the Old Testament – Elijah and Elisha. “And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands… and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes” – (2 Kings ). But this is only the breath of temporary life, like your first breath as a baby, but the breath of the Holy Spirit, from the Lord Jesus is eternal life. Jesus Christ came to earth to conquer man’s greatest problem, death because of sin. He came to make atonement for sin for the born again believer on the cross and give them eternal life, shown by His resurrection three days later. This is His gospel to the whole world. Jesus Christ is God’s free gift of eternal life to sinful, dying man.
Breathing is made up of two separate acts, inspiration (breathing in) and expiration (breathing out). To ‘expire’ means (to breathe one’s last breath, death). “And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired…” – (I Chr.17:11). It is written – “All scripture is given by inspiration of God…” – (2 Tim.3:16). Our King James Bible is God – breathed, it’s inspired by God. We discover that the means of this breath which inspired God’s Word is none other than the Holy Spirit Himself. “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” – (2 Pet.1:21). The same Holy Spirit that created the earth and heavens and everything in them by His moving (Gen.1:2) moved these men of God to speak God’s scripture and ‘moved’ the person who wrote it down. When God the Father spoke the Word, God the Holy Spirit moved to fulfill it.
Human initiative did not play a part in the inspiration of Scripture as far as original ideas and original words are concerned. The prophecy came not by the will of man, they were but the agents or channels – they were not the creator of the Word of God, but were the instruments. The creator was the Holy Spirit. So the Word of God is God-breathed. Just as the Lord breathed the breath of life into Adam’s body and just as the Lord Jesus breathes new life in a born again believer, He breathed His own divine life into the very words of scripture – all scriptures. Every word – every jot and tittle – is inspired. It’s the living Word of God that imports eternal life to all that are saved by Christ. “Being born again… by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever” – (I Pet.1:23). “For the word of God is quick (alive), and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” – (Heb.4:12). The Word of God is God’s breath coming out of His mouth. “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth” – (Ps.33:6).
In (Ezk.37) we see perfectly the breath of God’s Word in resurrection and giving life to dead bones. “And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest. And he said unto me, Prophecy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the Word of God. Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live: and ye shall know that I am the Lord. Then said he unto me, Prophecy unto the wind, prophecy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood upon their feet…” – (Ezk.37:3-10).
Here in (Ezk.) you have it all – the God-breathed Word of God using the Son of Man to prophesy to the dead. And the wind of the Holy Spirit signifying the breath of God’s Holy Spirit moving upon the dead bones and giving life and fulfilling God’s Word. And Jesus Christ is the true Son of Man giving eternal life to all who believe the Word of God. “I am the resurrection and the life: he that beliveth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” – (Jn.11:25).
Don’t believe the words of men whose breath is in his nostrils and who could stop breathing and die this second, believe God’s Word – “Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?” – (Is.2:22). Don’t put your faith and confidence in frail man who could disappear from the earth’s scene in an instant. Put your faith and confidence in God’s Word.
God’s breath of life to sinful, dying man is seen by His love in His Son
on the cross. Do not spurn this love and mercy and grace because God’s breath
of death will also most surely come upon you as a blast of fire in judgment and
wrath. “There went up a smoke out of his
nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it… At the
rebuking of the Lord, at the blast of the
breath of his nostrils” – (2 Sam.22:9,16). Again –
breath of the Lord, like a stream of brimstone, doth kindle it” – (Is.30:33).
God’s breath of eternal life in heaven or His breath of eternal death in hell –
the choice is yours – “I call heaven and
earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and
death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed
may live” – (Du.30:19). Aloha,
the traditional greeting of
Have you received the Holy Ghost? Have you received the breath of life from God’s Holy Spirit by believing on His dearly beloved Son by faith in your heart? Repent of your sins and with an honest and contrite heart call upon the Lord Jesus to save you. When you receive forgiveness of sins and been born again, you have the promise of eternal life. “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life: and he that hath not he Son of God hath not life” – (I Jn.5:11,12).
The Lord Jesus is the breath of life to all who receive Him.
Pastor Mike Storti
5000 N. LaCholla-
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