If God made man in His image, Is God a male or female? At what point did we determine that God became a man? Could God transcend gender? Could God be a she? Could God be more like a volcanic eruption with breath and spirit? How did we determine that God has the physical container of a male human?
If you read through 1st and 2nd Corinthians, you would see how Paul distinguished the wisdom of God’s word from the wisdom of this world. In 2 Corinthians 2:5-6, he said,“…that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God… not in the wisdom of this world”.
In short, a wise man is not necessarily knowledgeable (appropriately) about God’s word. Your wise friend may lack understanding in the truth of God’s word.
The Translator4translators interpretation of the Bible puts it well in 2 Peter 1:20-21:
“…no man can interpret/explain by himself the meaning of what the prophets wrote in the scriptures without the help of God’s spirit…”.
In essence, no man’s experience or vision can interpret scriptures appropriately. The scriptures -by the spirit- interprets scriptures. Bible truths are spiritual, it makes no sense to a ‘natural man’. As believers, we must be able to differentiate from what seems reasonable/logical and what is God’s word. God’s word doesn’t succumb to opinions; it’s the other way round.
1. Gen 1:26 – Let Us make man in our image was revealing God’s intention to birth a man in Christ.
That being said, let’s examine the issue of God making man in His image. One thing to bear in mind is that, when Moses wrote of God’s intention to make man in his image (Gens. 1:26), He was revealing God’s intention to birth a man in Christ. He wasn’t talking about making man according to God’s physique, complexion or stature. We mustn’t forget that the Bible is Christocentric (Christ centered). Its sole purpose is to reveal God in Christ. Moses’s writings are therefore of Christ (Luke 24:27,44. John 5:46). Hence, Moses couldn’t have been referring to any man here, but he reveals God’s intention to make man in Christ.Gens. 1:26 was God revealing His intention to birth a man in Christ. He wasn't talking about making man according to God's physique, complexion or stature. Click To Tweet
2. God is a Spirit
Some, especially when being made fun of, have ignorantly said: “God made me this way”. As innocent as this sounds, it’s not totally true. If it is, then God has millions of faces, complexion, hair color, shapes and sizes. In 2 Corinthians 3:17, Paul wrote: “…the Lord is that spirit…” and that Christ is his image (2 Corinthians 4:4b).
John 4:24 – God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
2 Corinthians 3:17 – Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
1 Timothy 1:17 – Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.If we are all in our physical state are made in the image of God, then God has millions of faces, complexion, hair color, shapes and sizes. But God is a spirit. John 4:24, 2 Cor 3:17. 1 Tim 1:17 Click To Tweet
Having settled that, How/when did we then determine that God became a man?
In prophet Isaiah’s prophecy before Christ, he called him God.
Isaiah 9:6: “unto us a child is born,… his name shall be called mighty God, The everlasting father… “.
Matthew also in Matthew 1:23: “…a virgin shall be with child… and they shall call his name Emmanuel,… God with us”. God(spirit) was seen (manifest in flesh) in the midst of men.
Paul in 2 Corinthians 4:4: “...Christ, who is the image of God… “.
2 Corinthians 5:19: “…God was in Christ…”
1 Timothy 3:16: ” And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness, God was manifest in the flesh…”.
John beautifully puts it in John 1:1-14: “…in the beginning was the word… the word was God…the word was made flesh”!
In short, Mary was overshadowed by God’s spirit, carried it for 9 months and this spirit (God) manifested as a man! Amazing right, definitely.
You might have to ask, why a man? Why not a woman. This is a whole discussion on it’s own, but one thing is certain, it wasn’t misogyny, but all to fulfill God’s plan to save the whole world, man and woman.You might have to ask, why did Jesus come as a man? Why not a woman? One thing is certain, it wasn't misogyny, but all to fulfill God's plan to save the whole world, man and woman. Click To Tweet
Then believe – God who is spirit, made himself known/visible, exposed himself to view, appeared/became known: plainly recognized and thoroughly understood in Christ Jesus.
How then did we determine that God has a physical container of a male human – could God be a she or be a volcanic eruption with breath and spirit?
Truth is that if he wanted to, he could have. He’s God! But did he, No, he didn’t. Can he still do so, No, he can’t. Why? Because he has revealed himself in Christ (male); God simply has fulfilled his plan in Christ, and he now dwells in spirit form inside all who believe. His abode (his heaven) is now in the believer. He’s now predictable.
And yes, he had a male body as Jesus was a male. Isaiah 9:6 and Matthew 1:23, referred to him as a son (boy). That’s clear enough.
In conclusion: I urge you -as a believer- stay with the simplicity of God’s word. Let God’s word form your final opinion regardless of what might be the trending or popular opinion. God’s word is the totality of who he is. Yes, it’s simple but it’s also clear and powerful. It’s the truth! Stay with it.