MANKIND

“James Orr put it well: “He who with his whole heart believes in Jesus as the Son of God is thereby committed to much else besides. He is committed to a view of God, to a view of man, to a view of sin, to a view of Redemption, to a view of the purpose of God in creation and history, to a view of human destiny found only in Christianity.”
Millard J. Erickson, Christian Theology

"Jesus used this same analogy when He stated to Nicodemus, “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit” (John 3:8, ESV). Remember, Adam was made a living being when God breathed life into his nostrils. Mankind lost the presence of God in the garden through spiritual death. John Levison notes, “The opening scene of the human drama, though set amidst a garden of delight, echoes against the implacable cliffs of the valley of the shadow of death.”12 The result was our loss of the “vitality of divine inbreathing.”13 The same divine “face” intimately pressed against ours, breathing into our nostrils, now turns away from us and is hidden, taking away the Spirit (Gen. 3:8). The loss of the Spirit’s life—separation from the Father—resulted in our expulsion from paradise and being plunged into a state of death. The first thing that was restored at Pentecost was the Spirit’s life to the spiritually dead. The bones are reanimated—the people of God are reconstituted as the “breath,” or wind, of God once again blows through the community of faith. Bringing life. Bringing power."

Kennedy, Jeff. Father, Son, and the Other One: Experiencing the Holy Spirit as a Transforming, Empowering Reality in Your Life (p. 144).