The Spirit as life-giver (Dunn)

"...the Spirit is the creator of life, that is, of all life. The fact that Genesis 6:17 does not make a distinction between human and animal life, and the presence of the רוח from the beginning of creation (Gen. 1:2), means that any sharp distinction between the creator Spirit and the soteriological Spirit has equally to be rethought. The Spirit as the life-giver is one of the points at which Judeo-Christian theology can see itself as contributing a crucial insight to the understanding of the world in which we live. The amazing life-force which so dominates the reality which we all experience — the extraordinary fecundity of created life, the superabundance of sperm and seed which ensures that generation follows generation, the tenacity with which life clings to arid desert or vertical cliff-face or the deepest depths of ocean, the apparently arbitrary mutation which modifies species and produces ever new variations, the rich bio-diversity of the planet — all that can be seen as the divine life-force, the expression of the רוח of God still sweeping over the face of creation, still bringing into existence what had not existed before, still bringing life to where there was none. If we want to recognize the Spirit of God in creation, we need hardly look beyond the evidence of life. And as humankind has found too often in the past, when we distinguish between spiritual life too sharply from human life and from the breath of life which animates all living things, then the spirituality is deformed and we begin to lose touch with the Creator God and Spirit." 

- James D.G. Dunn, "'The Lord the Giver of Life': The Gift of the Spirit as Both Life-giving and Empowering" in The Spirit and Christ in the New Testament and Christian Theology edited by I. Howard Marshall, Volker Rabens, Cornelis Bennema (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012), 1-17 (here 4-5).