God’s Word Goes Out from Him by His Spirit

In both the work of creation (in Genesis 1) and the work of salvation or re-creation (in the Gospels), God’s Word goes out from Him by his Spirit.  The Father speaks, and on His breath this Word is heard. It all reveals what this God is truly like. The Spirit is the one through whom the Father loves, blesses and empowers his Son.  The Son goes out from the Father by the Spirit. Hence Jesus is known as “the anointed one” (“the Messiah” in Hebrew, “the Christ” in Greek), for He is the one supremely anointed with the Spirit. As kings and priests, even prophets, were anointed and consecrated to their tasks with well in the Old Testament, Jesus is anointed with the spirit. Indeed, the terms Son and Anointed One are sometimes almost synonymous (in, for example, Psalm 2).

– Reeves, Michael; Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith;  IVP Academic; Downer’s Grove, IL, Page 30

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Jesus’ Baptism Has Echoes of Creation (Genesis 1)

The way the Father, Son and Spirit related at Jesus’s baptism was not a one time only event; the whole scene is full of echoes of Genesis 1. There at the creation, the Spirit also hovers, dove-like, over waters. And just as a Spirit, after Jesus’ baptism, would send him out into the lifeless wilderness, so in Genesis 1 the Spirit appears as a power by which God’s word goes out into the lifeless void.  In the beginning, God creates by His Word (the Word that would later become flash), and He does so by sending out His Word in the power of the Spirit or Breath.

– Reeves, Michael; Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith;  IVP Academic; Downer’s Grove, IL, Page 29