Is God a boy or a girl?

This one comes up a lot.  When we talk about God we usually say "he" and not "she".  Why is that?  Is God male?


Well, no.  


The Bible says God CREATED human beings male and female...

Genesis 1:27

So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.

 

But God himself is neither male nor female.  He doesn't have gender... 

In Hosea 11:9 God says:

I will not carry out my fierce anger, nor will I devastate Ephraim again. For I am God, and NOT A MAN – the Holy One among you. I will not come against their cities.

 

God isn't even physical (as we learned in a previous blog)...

John 4:24

God is SPIRIT, and his worshippers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.

 

So God is not a man, or a woman, or a boy, or a girl.  Those are human words that describe the human beings God MADE.  But God is GOD.  


BUT...


The Bible says God BECAME a man.  Jesus!

Galatians 4:4

But then the chosen time came. God sent his Son. A woman gave birth to him.

 

Philippians 2:6-8

In his very nature he was God.
    Jesus was equal with God. But Jesus didn’t take advantage of that fact.
Instead, he made himself nothing.
    He did this by taking on the nature of a servant.
    He was made just like human beings.
He appeared as a man.
    He was humble and obeyed God completely.
    He did this even though it led to his death.
        Even worse, he died on a cross!

 

Matthew 1:23

“The virgin is going to have a baby. She will give birth to a son. And he will be called Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14) The name Immanuel means “God with us.” 


God is not a bloke.  But Jesus was.  And is today!  After Jesus died on the cross and rose again, he was still God in human form.  The Bible says...

1 Timothy 2:5-6

There is only one God. And there is only one go-between for God and human beings. He is THE MAN CHRIST JESUS. He gave himself to pay for the sins of all people.


So Jesus is definitely a "he" because he's God as a man.  God became one of us, to save us!


In the Bible, God is also revealed as "Father".  When Jesus taught his disciples to pray, he said...

Matthew 6:9

‘This, then, is how you should pray:

‘“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name...

 

And the word "Father" is a male word I guess, but it doesn't mean God the Father is a man.  It's only God the Son (Jesus) who became a man.  God the Father is not human.  So not male or female.  He CREATED those.

 

And let's remember that God created human beings male and female IN HIS IMAGE...

Genesis 1:27

So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.


I think this means that human beings at their BEST are like God!  The very best things about MEN come from God!  And the very best things about WOMEN come from God too!

Men and women, boys and girls are DIFFERENT but EQUALLY made in God's image.

So God isn't a BOY or a GIRL.  

God has created us to KNOW him and to BE LIKE him.

Aren't you glad he's above and beyond all of us?  Beyond human gender!  But aren't you also glad that he became one of us to save us too?

 

It makes me start getting excited about Christmas already!

 

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