There is a verse in John 4: 24 which quotes Jesus as saying, God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth”.  What does that really mean? I heard the answer in my spirit one day. It means that God is a spiritual being.  Huh? 

Apostle Paul explained this truth clearly in 1 Corinthians 15 when he spoke about the resurrection from the dead. He addressed the following issues:

  • what kinds of bodies will we have in the resurrection? (1 Cor 15: 35)
  • there are terrestrial/natural/earthly/mortal  bodies, after the sort that Adam had (1 Cor 15: 44-48)
  • there are celestial/heavenly/immortal/incorruptible bodies (1 Cor 15: 44-48)
  • the natural body dies but will be raised as a spiritual body. In other words, there is a spiritual body  (1 Cor 15: 44).
  • the spiritual body cannot perish after it is raised from the dead (1 Cor 15: 52-54)
  • Jesus said that we will be like the angels in the resurrection, implying that angels possess a spiritual body (Mt 22: 30).

God showed  Abraham that He is a spiritual being

Scriptures give us clues about the characteristics of the spiritual being and spiritual bodies, but these clues are spread throughout the texts and not put under a chapter called “The Spiritual being”. Let’s go back to Abraham’s meeting with God and see how God is revealed as a spiritual being:

  1. God appeared to him in the plains of Mamre in the form of a man (Gen 18: 1).
  2. Later in that day, two members of the  God entered Sodom in the form of angels (Gen 19:1). Jesus changed form after His resurrection to the degree that the disciples did not even recognize Him.
  3. God is ageless. He is the God of Adam and Eve, Emoch, Seth, Noah and others who lived before Abraham’s era.
  4. He hears our thoughts and knew that Sarah laughed privately when she heard God tell Abraham that she would bear a child in her old age (gen 18: 12-14).
  5. He knew the condition of Sodom and  Abraham’s faithfulness to Him. We cannot fool God.

I hope that you were blessed. More on God is a spiritual being later.