“Throughout both Testaments, at the heart of talk of God as Spirit (and of the world as effect of, and as affected by, the Spirit that is God) the contrast drawn is between not-life, or lesser life, or life gone wrong, and life: true life, real life, God’s life and all creation’s life in God. The central metaphor for such life is wind, the breath of God. Whether, sent forth from God, breathing all creatures into being, renewing the earth and filling it with good things; whether whispering gently to Elijah, or making ‘the oaks to whirl and [stripping] the forest bare’, or breathing peace on the disciples for the forgiveness of sins; it is one wind, one Spirit, which ‘blows where it wills’ and we do not know where it comes from nor where it goes. To confess God as Spirit is to acknowledge that the world is not in our control, nor in that of any other creature, system, force, or thing, for everything is beathed by God. To pledge ourselves pliable to God the Spirit may beed anarchy … but it undoubtedly sets our face against all forms of fatalism.”
Nicholas Lash, Believing Three Ways in One God: A Reading of the Apostles’ Creed (London: SCM, 1992), p. 85.