Is God a Spirit?

We have a Tri-une God who has existed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit since the beginning.  Genesis 1:1-3 says “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  And the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.  Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.

We see here that God has existed for all eternity as a Spirit.  In fact, In these three verses we see that all three aspects of the Trinity are present.  The first two are fairly easy to spot.  “In the beginning God…” speaks of God the father.  We also see that the “Spirit, of God was moving over the surface of the waters.”  Jesus is a little harder to catch.

John 1:14 states, “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  I this case the Word, is Jesus, God the Son who stepped down out of heaven and became flesh so that He might die on our behalf as payment for sin.  We can take this one step further though.  The bible says in John 1:1-3 that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.  All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.”  So we see that when in Genesis 1:3 God said “Let there be light” and created by His Word, the Word was Jesus.  So the Godhead has existed in the Trinitarian form as spirit since the beginning. That all changed with the incarnation of Jesus.

As we already read in John 1:14, “the Word became flesh.”  In the most awe inspiring event in human history, God draped Himself in human flesh, becoming fully God yet fully man.  Jesus lived among us for 33 years before willingly going to the cross to bear the full wrath of God for the sins of man.  Rising on the third day He proceeded to appear to His disciples as well as many others.  In Luke 24:39 we see that these appearances were not of a spirit but of flesh and bone. “See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”  He even goes so far as to request food from them in verse 41 to prove that he is not a spirit.  Some would argue that this was a hallucination however we see in 1 Corinthians 15:6 that He appeared to over 500 at one time.  This all leads to the ascension of Jesus into heaven.  “So then, when the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.”  Mark 16:19.  He ascended into heaven in bodily form and is our advocate there at the right hand of the Father.

So the recap of this long-winded answer to the question “Is God a Spirit” is, God is spirit, as indicated by Jesus in John 4:24 when He says that “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in Spirit and truth.”  Because of Jesus God also exists in “human” form, if a glorified body can still technically be referred to as “human.” We take comfort from this because as Hebrews 2 says, Jesus is a merciful and faithful High Priest because he has suffered and was tempted in all things as we have suffered and are tempted.  He lived a completely human life with all of the temptations that go along with it and as such He is able to relate to us in a very intimate way.

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About Brandon Cantello

Husband to Nicole, Lover of God, Dependent on the Spirit, Passion for His Church. My name is Brandon. I love Jesus. For more visit My Blog

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