God Breathed Life Into Man

"And 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)

"And 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)

Human beings were created differently than any other of God’s creatures. God commanded the earth and the waters to bring forth every plant and animal, every fish and bird. But when it came time to create man, God “formed” him.

As a potter fashions clay into the shape he desires, the Lord took the dust and clay of the Earth and formed man into what He desired. Then He breathed life into his nostrils. This “breath” was the spirit of man, complete with its own will, its intellect and reason, and its capacity for morality and fellowship with his Creator. All of the things that separate man from the animals. Man was made a living soul.

With a body that was created from and tethered to this Earth, and a spirit that was breathed into him by the God of Heaven, so would the foundation be laid that would eventually become man’s struggle between that which is of the flesh and that which is of the Spirit. This dichotomy within the very nature of man would serve as the type and metaphor for the struggle within every believer as he is drawn toward the things of God in his spirit, yet pulled toward the things of Earth within his flesh.

The human body, as intricate and wonderfully made as it is, is not what defines a person. It is this spirit which God breathes into him. It is this spirit which bears the image and likeness of God. It is this spirit which died the day that Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of the forbidden tree, and it is this spirit which must be “born again” if we are to ever live in the presence of God. Since the Fall of man in the Garden of Eden, people would be born with a corrupted spirit. People are not born as a “living soul”, but as a “lifeless spirit.”

When we make Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, He breathes a spirit into us that is full of life. It is an incorruptible spirit that comes from the Holy Spirit and bears the image of God. We move from spiritual death to Spiritual life and are made a new creation in Jesus Christ. When we die, our bodies return to the dust of the Earth from which they came, but our spirits return to our Heavenly Father who breathed them into us when we placed our faith in His Son.


10 responses

  1. Thanks for such a beautiful post Loren.

    God Bless


  2. Very stupid. I get really nauseated when I hear this kind of primitive ideas. Thank you.


  3. Thank you for reading Answersfromthebook.org


  4. Thank you for the kind words. May the Lord bless you.


  5. @Sam Dan – first, who says that primitive ideas are necessarily wrong? In a lot of cases, the older the idea is, the more likely it is to be true. In fact, this has been the standard mentality for thousands of years until our modern day.

    Secondly, who says that this is merely a primitive idea? I find it interesting that over 98% of the components in man are found present in minerals. What seemed like an impossible miracle just years ago is now highly scientifically plausible—it is an intensely respectable idea that man was created out of dust. It is also becoming more and more clear that the concept of creationism holds its own better than its competing models, mostly due to teleological facts such as the finely tuned universal constants—the gravity constant, friction constants, etc.

    In short, I find that your statement was unsubstantiated and blatantly stupid, mostly thrown out there just to unnerve those who choose to believe that God did create man from dust.


  6. Great comment Cameron,

    Very well stated, and your scientific constants references are dead on. Science has supported creation vs. evolution for many years now. However, similar to the global warming scam – many are unwilling to accept that an argument like evolution theory is no longer valid.

    And by the way; when it comes to how man came to be – pretty much any idea would have to be primitive wouldn’t it?


  7. We ran across your website and are thrilled to see you serving our Lord in such a powerful way. On the 5th of July we are standing in agreement for 140 days with In Touch Ministries for the healing of our land. Chronicles 7:13-14 If…My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land”.

    God Bless You Dear One…


  8. Thank you very much for reading and sharing your comments!

    I looked at In Touch’s website and read about Dr. Stanley’s call to prayer. I was not aware of this 140 day season of prayer, thank you for calling it to my attention. I will stand in agreement with this, as well. I plan to write a brief message on this website about it inviting my readers to also join in what I believe will be a very mighty move of the Spirit of God.

    Thanks again and God bless you both!

    In Christ,



  9. Is it also not possible, however, that “man” already existed (through evolution) and that when it said God breathed life into man, we received souls with intelligence, etc?


  10. Hi David, thanks for visiting and sharing this comment :)

    I do not believe that an evolutionary origin of man, even the physical body of man, finds support in the narrative. Every detail of God’s creation of man suggests that this was a special and separate act of creation from any other. As far as animals “evolving” or adapting, I have written a separate article about that:


    Thanks again for stopping by :)


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