When God created Adam he breathed into him the breath of life. God’s very own breath was blown into him. The very essence of God was now in this new being called man and he became a living soul. We have no record of any other being that came alive in this manner. The angels and animals weren’t said to be enlivened in this way, only man. What a privilege to think God’s very own breath was placed in man.
I’ve been thinking about this whole breath of God thing lately. It seems once Adam disobeyed and ate of the forbidden tree he died in his spirit. Of course we know this is why much later in John 3 we read where Jesus tells Nicodemus “You must be born again.” Nicodemus, like the rest of us, was born of Adam and thus we are all born spiritually dead and in need of God’s life to be born in us again. We needed to be resuscitated if you will.
After Jesus was crucified, buried and raised he showed himself to his disciples and did something that probably would seem sort of strange to us. Jesus said to them, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent me, I also send you.” And when he had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” Jesus breathed on his disciples. It was just like when God breathed into Adam. The very life of God was being breathed in and out of man again!
God breathed on the disciples yet again as recorded in Acts chapter 2 where the promised Holy Spirit blew through the upper room like a rushing wind. It’s as if God himself was resuscitating man by breathing into him the breath of life again. The life of God did in fact now operate in those first disciples, so much so, that Peter even preached Christ the Messiah to those that had him crucified. The life of God in Peter had brought about a great boldness and fierceness to tell the truth of the matter even in the face of execution. Peter no longer had a fear of man because he had the life and breath of God within him.
Written by Louie