There strong indications in the Hebrew Scriptures that the God of the Bible is not only personal, but that he is multi-personal. In Genesis 1:1, Scripture says that Elohim (God) created the heavens and the earth. In the very next verse, however, another character, if you will, is introduced into the story, also with creative power. God’s Word says the “Spirit (Ruach) of God was hovering over the waters.” Here, “Spirit” is more than merely figurative language or a synonym for “God,” because it elaborates how Elohim was creating. For these reasons, The New International and the English Standard versions quite rightly capitalize the “S” in Spirit to indicate that a divine person distinct from Elohim was at work in the act of creation. In this episode we will also consider some instances where the Father, the Son, and the Spirit are active not only in creation but also in redemption in the history of redemption before the New Testament. We begin this episode, however, by answering some questions from Chris in Rhode Island about the relationship between the divine unity and the unity of the covenant of grace.
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