Q. In order for man or a creature to have life and breathe, the Lord must blow the breath of life into them, meaning He blows His Spirit into them. But in order to have eternal life and have His Spirit reside in us, we have to be Born Again. Can you explain the difference here?
A. The Lord only blew His breath (Hebrew neshamah) into Adam, not His Spirit (Ruach Elohim). Neshamah is variously translated the breath of life (Gen 2:7) or the spirit of man (Prov. 20:27). All of Adam’s offspring contain the spirit of man until they’re born again. At that time the Spirit of God enters and dwells within them.(Ephes. 1:13-14)