Breath of Life: Grantor of existence. Gen 2:7; Jn 20:22.
God breathed life into Adam but through his disobedience he brought us physical and spiritual death Gen 2:17. Adam died spiritually—the Spirit of God departed when he ate the fruit Isa 59:2; Heb 9:22; for what fellowship can light have with darkness 1 Jn 1:5; 2 Co 6:14. Now mankind is born dead to God but alive to Satan Eph 2:1,2; Col 2:13a. His conscience was activated, confirming his guilt Gen 3:7. The conscience is a moral standard, written on our hearts by God, which reacts to our actions, either defending or accusing them Ro 2:15. Since Adam had chosen to be his own god, he now would decide what that standard would be. Adam also began to die physically that day, however he lived for more than 800+ years after his rebellion and died at the age of 930 Gen 5:4,5.
This is the written account of Adam’s family line. When God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God (God breathed in His Holy Spirit giving Adam both physical and spiritual life Gen 2:7, and later passed on the Spirit of God, when Eve was created using Adam’s DNA. Jesus foreshadowed this new life, where the Holy Spirit would indwell all believers forever Jn 14:16,17, when He breathed on the disciples, and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit” Jn 20:22, a precursor of what would occur on the day of Pentecost Ac 2:4). 3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness (after his disobedience, the Holy Spirit departed, thus when Seth was born, he was made in Adam’s image, without the Spirit of God residing inside of man, for mankind is now born spiritually dead Eph 2:1), in his own image; and he named him Seth. Gen 5:1,3
For just as through the disobedience of the one man (Adam) the many were made sinners (all of mankind Ro 3:23), so also through the obedience of the one man (Jesus—the Last Adam 1 Co 15:45) the many will be made righteous (those who place trust in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins and life eternal). Ro 5:19
and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God (God given, not earned) on the basis of faith (not on the basis of works Ro 4:20-25). Php 3:9
Yet he (Abraham) did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. 22 This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” 23 The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, 24 but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. Ro 4:20-25
Jesus undid what Adam caused through his disobedience. Adam brought us death, Jesus brought us life.
So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 1 Co 15:45
Adam was given the breath of life and became a living being but chose independence from God by eating from the forbidden “tree of the knowledge of good and evil” and thereby became his own god, able to decide for himself what was good and what was evil. If he would have chosen dependency on God Gal 2:20 and had eaten from the “tree of life,” symbolic of Jesus Jn 15:5, he would have received eternal life Gen 3:22.
So, Jesus was sent to reverse the curse of spiritual (separation from God Mt 25:41; Mt 7:23) and physical death Heb 9:27; Ro 6:23 by becoming a curse Gal 3:13. He has now become a life-giving spirit to whosoever wills Jn 3:16.
After Jesus raptures the Church 1 Th 4:16,17, He will return His attention to Israel Ro 11:25,26. This is described in Ezekiel 37. God brought Ezekiel to a valley, full of dead bones and asked him if the dead bones could live? Ezekiel answered, “You alone know” Eze 37:1,2,3. God then stated that He will make breath enter the dead bones and they would come to life Eze 37:5. The resurrection of the Jewish nation will cause them to acknowledge that God is the Lord Eze 37:6. This resurrection began in May 1948, when Israel was given land and nation status. God since has been calling His Jewish people from the four winds to return to Israel, producing a vast army Eze 37:9,10,11,12. During the coming Tribulation, God will reveal Himself to His people and they will repent and turn to the Lord Zec 12:10 and He will put His Holy Spirit in them and they will live in the land He promised Abraham Eze 37:14. This is known as the Millennium kingdom Rev 20:2,3; Zec 14:9,16.
1. Gen 2:7 The One who gives life.
SELAH (Woved me in my mother’s womb, breathed new life in me).