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Are we in the “image” of the Holy Spirit?

by Bill Wong

 

 

 

A Trinity doctrine states that the Holy Spirit is referred to in:

Genesis 1:2 “…and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” (ASV),

and so it believes the Holy Spirit as the 3rd person in the Godhead was involved in creation.

 

But where does one come to the conclusion this is referring to a 3rd person of a triune godhead? Just because it says ‘spirit’ does not mean a 3rd person in a Trinity. The word ‘spirit’ has many meanings including breath, essence, mind, and it is a metonym for God.

 

A Trinity doctrine goes further to say that when man was made in the image of God in

Genesis 1: 26”And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness….”,

the Holy Spirit was included in the “us” and “our” and thus we were made in the image of the Holy Spirit as well.

 

Again, this is reading into the text a pre-formed bias and belief. Where does the Bible say that the Holy Spirit is in the image of God? It does not.

 

However, the Bible does say God’s son looks like Him and is in His image in several places:

 

2 Corinthians 4:

3   And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing,

4   in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see

     the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.     (NASB)

 

Colossians 1:

15  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.

16  For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible,

     whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-- all things have been created through Him and for Him.  (NASB)

 

Hebrews 1:

3   who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power,

     when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,     (NKJV)

 

 

The Holy Spirit is never revealed as a man or having features of a man, but instead is always portrayed as non-human or inanimate things; such as in the form of fire, wind, water, oil, and descends like a dove (but not actually in the form of a dove). Please see article: ‘The Holy Spirit is not a 3rd person in a Trinity’.

 

But God and His son are revealed as having the form of men. God and His son have eyes, hair, arms, legs, sits on a throne, is clothed, etc.

 

Compare Daniel 7 (the Father) and Revelation 1 (the Lord) which tell us they look alike and have features of men:

 

Daniel 7:

9 “ I watched till thrones were put in place,
      And the Ancient of Days was seated;
      His garment was white as snow,
      And the hair of His head was like pure wool.
      His throne was a fiery flame,
      Its wheels a burning fire;               (NKJV)

 

Revelation 1:

13  and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man,

     clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.

14  His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire;

15  His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters;   (NKJV)

 

 

One can see that both have heads and hair that are white like wool. Both are clothed. God is seated on a throne. The Lord is also clothed, has eyes, feet, hands, mouth, face, etc. We can easily see how man was made in their image, because both have features we have.

 

Since the Bible only says the Lord Jesus is in the exact image of His father, then the Genesis statement of “Let us make man in our image” can only refer to God and the Lord Jesus. To include a 3rd person is adding preconceived beliefs into the meaning.

 

In the article ‘Holy Spirit is missing in heaven’, we saw the holy spirit is astonishingly absent in heaven and the new world and is never together with the Father and the Lord, which indicates he is not a person or 3rd person at all. Therefore, the absence of the holy spirit in heaven means the “spirit of God moving over the waters” in Genesis 1 CANNOT be “the” holy spirit, a 3rd person of the godhead, but rather the mind or essence of God.

 

If he was never in heaven and besides God and the Lord Jesus in the book of last things, this would also mean he was not present in heaven during the creation and the book of first things.