Question. Most of you regular contributors in these types of thread say that God's image, given to Adam, was of a spiritual nature and not a physical one. (While there could be a debate on what that "spiritual" nature of Adam was this is not the thread for that)
So far, so good.
And the primary reason for that is because God does not have a body.... is that correct?
God is a spirit. Being a spirit does not mean that you don't have a body. God was once embodied in a single man. That man then died, rose again, and then ascended into the heavens. Whether He remained in that body or not we don't know. I lean towards disembodiment, but the Bible leaves this as a mystery, and we fight about it.
Whichever way you think about that, God is definitely embodied in the assembly of the brethren. In other words, we are the body of Christ - literally. God acts in the world through us. We have become the corporeal arm of His being.
Can anyone here define the word image?
A Biblical "image" is an idol. An idol is nothing more than a concrete representation of a god.
The Bible prohibits us from creating idols (you shall not create for yourselves...), of course. However, it does not prohibit God from creating an idol for us, which is precisely how Paul explains Jesus incarnation in Colossians:He is the image of the invisible God. Col 1:15
The bible tells us that God is a spirit. AGREED. But can you be certain that God has no form whatsoever?
So why did God tell Moses in Exodus 33
18 Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”
19 And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 20 But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.”
21 Then the Lord said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. 22 When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.”
So God has a face, at least 1 hand , and a back.
This tells me that whild God is all spirit, He does have a form that would have a face, hand and back.
Face, hand, and back could all be metaphors. Perhaps face represents God's nature and unfathomable mind. That would explain why it must not be seen. Hand might represent God's agency and action in the world. I say "perhaps" and "might," but the truth is I know the Hebrew words used in these verses, and they do have those meanings. They also have their ordinary meanings. Hebrew words usually have several meanings.
Matt 26:64 64 Jesus said to him, “It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
So " the power has a hand......!
Right hand and left hand definitely have deeper meaning. The right side is associated with Charity in the Bible. The left with judgment. Are you sure that isn't what's being discussed?
Psalm 48: 8 says 8God reigns over the nations; God sits on His holy throne.
So God sits.
Isaiah 6:1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.
And he has a robe.
References to God sitting on the throne are typically allusions to the constellation Cepheus. The constellation is a king seated on a throne, and it happens to sit in the exact center of the major constellations at the "top" of the sky. All that is really being said is that God is above everything, in the highest heaven. The heavens declare the glory of God... quite literally, it turns out.
I shall stop with the references and simply say these clearly tell us that God very well could have formed Adam in the physical image of when He said " “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;"
The Bible is not ambiguous on this point. The truth may be a bit obfuscated by the translation, but it is clear that what is meant by "in His image" is that we have intelligence. The attribute which separates us from the animals is what was bestowed in the story. God "breathed" into Adam, and the breath (aka spirit) has everything
to do with intelligence.
Actually, my question does not need an answer...
Oh, well... this is awkward. I already answered in some detail.