“Brother Thurman: God is a Spirit, but doesn’t he have a shape or body parts, such as hands, face, eyes, ears, etc.? Are we not fashioned after Him? D.W., TX”
“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24). “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation” (Colossians 1:15). We can tell from these verses that God is fundamentally different from those He created. He is a spirit and is invisible. The Lord God “alone possess immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see” (1
Timothy 6:16). Obviously, God is not like the creation. After all, God existed before He created anything. That is, before there was matter, God existed. That means He is not made of matter and is not bound by physical limitations as we are.
We are told that God has a face (2 Chronicles 6:42), that He has hands (Isaiah 59:1), that he had a back, because Moses could not look God in the face and live, and instead could only glimpse the Lord’s back (Exodus 33:18-23). However, most of these references are probably using poetic license to try to make an unapproachable deity more approachable. We do the same when we speak of the face of the mountain, or the eyes of big brother, or the hands of industry. None of us really think a mountain has a face or that industry has literal hands or that the government has actual eyes. These are all phrases we use to make the unfathomable more fathomable.
Yes, we are indeed created in God’s image. “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.‘ God created man in His own image, and in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:26-27). However, that image is not a physical image, but a different image. I know this because I am visible, God is not. God is spirit, I am flesh. However, God is emotional, expressing love and anger and sorrow. I am emotional also, able to experience the same emotions. God is rational, able to think and decide for Himself. I am the same, although my decisions are nowhere as good as His. He is also spiritual. I believe that is the most basic way in which we are made in His image. We are made to be spiritual beings. Mankind throughout history has worshiped something. Idols, money, power or politics, or the one, true God. Our desire to worship some power higher than us is the fundamental way the image of God has been stamped on us. We are not like God in form, since He is spirit and we are flesh and blood. But we are like Him spiritually, emotionally, and rationally. – David Thurman
Excerpted from Volume 64, Number 34 of Gospel Minutes. Gospel Minutes is a publication originating from Forth Worth, Texas; Clem Thurman, Co-Editor, David Thurman, Co-Editor.