Partnership is Biblical

The idea of partnership transcends time. It's as everlasting as God Himself because God exists in an eternal partnership in the form of the Trinity.

What better example than that of Creation?

Geneses 1:1-2

"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth. The Earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters."

At first glance, it seems like we have two members of the Trinity present here. The Spirit of God (the Holy Spirit) idly hovering over the waters and God (the Father) creating. However, don't be misled. In our English translations, it seems that the Holy Spirit is inactive in this process of Creation (He isn't).

Many of our English bibles will use the word "hovering" to describe what the Holy Spirit is doing over the waters. We see the same word a few other times in Scripture.

Deuteronomy 32:11

Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, that flutters over its young,
spreading out its wings..."

What does that mean? That's a great question, and to be honest, I had no idea. So I did some research. Here is what I learned.

Often, baby eagles get comfortable and refuse to leave the nest. So the mother, being wise (and wanting to get her babies out of the nest), begins to "stir up its nest". This entails fluttering (hovering) over the nest to blow the feathers away. She does this so that her hatchlings feel the rough nest under them, and thus, they are encouraged to leave the nest.

So what does it mean that the Holy Spirit was fluttering over the waters?

If we compare what the Holy Spirit was doing to a mother eagle, we get a better sense of what was going on. When an eagle flutters (hovering) over its nest, it's doing so with purpose. It's achieving something. She is active and intentional. She knows its time for her hatchlings to move out of the nest. Her hovering is so powerful that it blows away everything comfortable.

So what was the Holy Spirit doing?

We aren't given many details to work with, but what is evident is that He was very much involved. The next time we see that word used, it again describes the actions of the Holy Spirit.

Luke 1:35

"And the angel answered her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God."

Incredible.

While our English translations miss it (again), the same word (fluttering) is used here to describe the actions taken by the Holy Spirit to gives physical form to the Son.

The word is action-packed and creative!

The Holy Spirit wasn't ideally sitting by but was engaged and active in the process of Creation.

But that's only part of the Trinity. What about Jesus?

John 1:1-4

"In the beginning, the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed at the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.
The Word gave life to everything that was created, and His life brought light to everyone."

Here John gives a glimpse into the reality of the first verses of Genesis.

It wasn't just God and the Holy Spirit—Jesus was there too. Scripture tells us that it was through the mouth of Jesus that God spoke! How incredible is that?

At the birth of our universe, we see the Trinity, working together in a holy partnership: God leading, the Son speaking, and the Holy Spirit pulsing His creative energy into the world.

Beautiful.

But this partnership isn't limited to the divine. We see God pass it on to the first created human being, Adam.

Genesis 2:15

"The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it."

God did not need human help.

And yet He brings Adam into the process. God partners with the first man in exercising God's authority over planet Earth.

Why?

Because at His core, God is interconnected. He desires partnership. And He consistently invites us into what it is He is doing in this world.

We need not look any further than the Great Commission for proof of that. God works through partnerships, and He invites us into the process of seeing eternal life born into the souls of men.  

Partnership is a gift of God, and when we participate, we mirror the very essence of God.

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