Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Gen 1:2 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. Gen 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. Jesus said, “God is Spirit” (John 4:24). Genesis teaches us that God the Holy Spirit existed before the earth was given its form. When God created this place, the Father willed it into being, and the Son spoke with the ‘breath’ (so to speak) of the Holy Spirit to bring it into existence. The Hebrew word for ‘spirit’, ruach, comes from a root that indicates ‘wind’ or ‘breath.’ Likewise, the Greek word for ‘spirit’ is pneuma, which similarly denotes a blast of breath or a current of air. Thus, one of the noteworthy aspects of the Holy Spirit is His creative power. He has enough power to create an entire universe filled with thousands of galaxies as well as an earth teeming with a rich diversity of intricate living creatures. The Holy Spirit had the power to form the first humans from the dust of the earth and to breathe life and sentience into them. He has the power to know the mental thoughts and spiritual intents of multiple billions of people simultaneously, and the power to potentially interact on a personal level with each of those individuals. It was God the Holy Spirit who spoke to Abram: Gen 12:1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: Gen 12:2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: Gen 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. Gen 12:4 So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; Because Abram followed the Holy Spirit’s directions in obedience, God changed Abram’s and Sarai’s names to Abraham and Sarah; He inserted the ‘ah,’ the sound of the breath of God, into their names. It was God the Holy Spirit who spoke to Moses out of the burning bush. The Holy Spirit told Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. But Moses made many excuses, one of which can be seen here: Exo 4:10 And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. Exo 4:11 And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD? Exo 4:12 Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say. God promised to supply Moses and Aaron with the right words to say by the breath of their mouths; essentially, the Holy Spirit spoke through His servants by guiding their hearts and minds and thereby giving into their thoughts the words they should speak. In Judaic tradition, when the shofar horn is blown by the breath of their mouths, the powerful breath of God is one of the things this is supposed to signify and remind them of. In His earthly ministry, Jesus understood the significance of this picture of the Holy Spirit as “God’s breath.” When speaking with Nicodemus, Jesus remarked: Joh 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Joh 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. Joh 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. A modern gentile Christian might wonder why Jesus likened the Holy Spirit to the atmospheric wind, but the Jews of that day were being painted a meaningful picture. Likewise, a modern Christian might be perplexed as to Jesus’ purpose in blowing on His disciples: Joh 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. Joh 20:22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Jesus was demonstrating to His disciples that the Holy Spirit was about to come upon them with power and endue them with authority. The same Holy Spirit who created the world and man, who led Abram out of Ur, and who spoke to and through Moses was about to enter into them, live inside them, guide and direct them, enable them, and empower them to go forth under divine authority to help fulfill the Great Commission. This is the same life-giving Holy Spirit who lives inside each genuine disciple of Jesus Christ. Rom_8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. It is as if Jesus has personally breathed upon each one of us and has given us the same enduement from on high as He gave to those first disciples.