In Gen. 1.2 the Spirit of God is depicted as hovering over the waters during the creation of the world. In Ps. 104.29-30 it reads,
When you hide your face, they are dismayed; when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.When you send forth your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground.
In Is. 32.15a the land if left in desolation until “the Spirit is poured upon us from on high”. It seems that the Apostle Paul was aware of this imagery because Rom. 8.19-23 is in the middle of a discussion on the resurrecting work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Christian yet he decides to mention the following:
For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that sthe whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
This statement in v. 23 is in the context of v.11 where the guarantee that we will resurrect is because the same Spirit that dwelt in Christ is in us. As with Ps. 104.29-30 there appears to be a connection between the Spirit renewing humanity as well as Creation. At least this is how it seems the Apostle understood it as well as theologians such as Athanasius and Basil.
Since today is Earth Day it seems appropriate to ponder what it is to which these allusions are pointing. What is the relationship between (1) creation, (2) humanity, (3) the Holy Spirit, and (4) resurrection (of individuals and the created order)? Any thoughts?