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What is God's nature and do human beings resemble God in body or spirit?

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Thank you for sending us your question. Your question contains two areas: first the nature of God and second about human beings and our nature. 

Let's first look at the nature of God. Jesus said: "God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth" (John 4:24).

Jesus also told us to address God as Father.

"And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then like this:
 "Our Father in heaven,
 hallowed be your name..." (Matthew 6:8-9)

This is called an 'anthropomorphism', when God is given human descriptions so that we can understand him. God is like a father, but he is not a human. Nor is God strictly 'male' because in Genesis 1:27 we are told that So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. There is just one verse, Isaiah 66:13, in which God compares his love with that of a mother, but that is insufficient to justify speaking of God as female. To speak of God as having a male or female sexual identity is idolatrous - it makes an image of God. When Scripture speaks of Him as male it is to indicate within ancient culture His superiority and authority over all human life, not His equivalence with one of its genders. 

So we know that God is spirit and is our heavenly Father. 

The second part of your question relates to human beings and our nature in relation to God. 

As quoted earlier, the Bible tells us that God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them (Genesis 1:27). To be created in someone's image is to understand that we resemble God in some ways, but in other ways we are also different. We clearly have limitations, such as our inability to understand everything and that our bodies get old and decay.

However, we can understand more about what it means to be made in the image of God when we compare humanity with the rest of God's creation. Humans have the ability to create, to appreciate art, to have morals and ethics, to communicate with complex languages and many other traits. This shows the evidence of God in our lives, his creating power that displays us as image bearers of an almighty God.

However, this does not mean that we are gods or can attain godhead. Rather, as Genesis 3 tells us and life gives us as evidence, we are fallen people who, although we are made in his image, fail to live up to our full potential and live in separation from God due to our sin.

So here is our problem: we are in need of a perfect human to save us, but our perfect God is spirit.

In order to save us, God the Father did something wonderful; he sent His Son to be born as a human, taking on the fullness of humanity yet retaining his Godhead; Jesus came to save us. 

Through His life He lived perfectly, through His death on the cross He paid for our sin, and He rose from the dead to show His power over the grave. 

Jesus explains how he is equally God and gives life:

"Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going." Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?" Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:1-6).

Jesus came to earth to make a way for us to be right with God. On the cross Jesus died in our place to forgive us for the wrong we have done and when he died he buried it. He rose again to give us new life. I would encourage you to consider what Jesus has done for you.

In summary, God is spirit and is all sufficient is his power and knowledge. As humans, we are made in the image of God, which means we have characteristics that other creatures do not have. We are imperfect and are therefore separated from God, but Jesus has made a way for us to be saved through His death and resurrection.

I hope this answer helps you to find peace with God through Jesus Christ. If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site: Watch the video

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