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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 1225 God, as Spirit
1225 God, as Spirit

1225 God, as Spirit

God has no material body and he is not subject to human limitations. While his spiritual nature is clearly inferred in Scripture, it is seldom directly stated; the emphasis is on his dynamic, living personhood.

God as spirit

Jn 4:24 See also Isa 28:5-6; Isa 31:3

God is not subject to physical limitations 1Sa 16:7; 1Ki 18:27 Elijah’s mockery of Baal implies a contrast with the true God who is not subject to the limitations suggested; Job 10:4-8; Ps 121:3-4

God as the Spirit Ps 139:7 See also Ps 51:11 The Spirit and the presence of God are equated; Ps 143:10 God’s guidance and the Spirit’s leading are equated; Isa 34:16 God’s Spirit participates in God’s plans; 2Co 3:17-18

God cannot be represented physically

Images of God are prohibited Ex 20:4; Ex 34:17; Lev 26:1; Ac 17:29

God transcends spacial limitations Ac 17:24 See also 1Ki 8:27 pp 2Ch 6:18; 2Ch 2:6; Ac 7:48-50

God is invisible 1Ti 6:15-16 See also Ex 33:20; Dt 4:15-19; Jn 1:18; Col 1:15; 1Ti 1:17

See also

1110God, present everywhere
1145God, transcendent
1170God, unity of
1210God, human descriptions
1352covenant, the new
3010God, the Holy Spirit
4018life, spiritual
8128guidance, receiving
8474seeing God

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