Calvinism on the Holy Spirit

"In the history of creation [Gen. 1:2ff],” maintains John Calvin, “the Spirit of God was expanded over the abyss or shapeless matter….   The beauty which the world displays, is maintained by the invigorating power of the Spirit [Ps. 33:6 cf. 104:29-30]….

7 Ib. I:13:14, French version. 8 Comm. On Gen. 1:2-3. 9 Inst. II:2:16. 10 Comm. on Acts 17:28. 11 Comm. on John 5:17. 12 Inst. I:13:14.      13 Comm. on Gen. 1:1.

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"Even before this beauty existed, the Spirit was at work — cherishing the confused mass, so as to prevent its being annihilated instantly."7    On Gen. 1:2, he adds: "This rude and unpolished, or rather shapeless chaos…, before God perfected the world…, was an indigested mass…  The power of the Spirit was necessary to sustain it…."8