“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 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” (Genesis 1:1-2) … “Thou sendest forth thy Spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth” (Psalm 104:30).
Scripture reveals that the Holy Spirit took an active role in the creation of the universe. Genesis tells us that “God created” and that His Spirit “moved,” to indicate that the power of the Holy Spirit, as a member of the Trinity, energised the matter that was brought into being.
His Creative Power
God created this world for man to inhabit. The Trinity worked together to form this universe, including the earth, in absolute perfection. After initially bringing the materials into being and giving them form, the Holy Spirit moved with generating, dynamic and life-giving power “upon the face of the waters.” In a spiritual sense, this is the same power that was evident on the Day of Pentecost … “But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you” (Acts 1:8).
Because of His movement over creation the power for life and the power to sustain life surged into the formless, void and dark universe. “By His Spirit He hath garnished the heavens” (Job 26:13). It would be the same power that energised Adam when “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” (Genesis 2:7), for Job 33:4 states, “The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.” The Hebrew word ‘ruach’ is used for wind and breath as well as for spirit. Some of cults regard the Holy Spirit as nothing more than a ‘force’ like electricity, but He is a Person with creative power rather than an impersonal energy.
We read in Genesis 1:26 that God said, “Let us make man in our image.” The ‘us’ must not be divorced from ‘our.’ Since man was not made in the image of angels or animals, he must have created in God’s image. Therefore the ‘us’ must speak of the Trinity / Godhead. Even the Hebrew word for God (Elohim) is a uniplural word which implies a unit comprised of more than one. This is why we can use the word Trinity (tri-unity) when speaking about the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit was intimately involved in creation. We read of God the Holy Spirit energising what was brought into being, both with regards to universe itself and man. As believers, we should not doubt that the Holy Spirit can dynamically empower those who put their trust in Jesus Christ. Paul, in Romans 8:11 tells us that “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.” This quickening power is evident throughout His entire ministry. The same Holy Spirit power that raised up the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead can dwell in our lives too!