Q. Gen 1:27 (NKJV) says, “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
Gen 2:7 (NKJV)says, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”
Gen 2:22 (NKJV)says, “Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.”
It is obvious that God made a body for the man in Gen 2:7 and a body for the woman (out of the man’s rib) in Gen 2:22. The way I understand it, is that God made man, the race, and as a spiritual being in Gen 1:27..So He first CREATED the spirit and the made the flesh.
The thing I don’t understand is when God created Man the Spirit in Gen 1:27, He created them to His IMAGE, BOTH male and female. That is confusing, because it sounds as if God is both male and female in spirit, because in verse 27 it stated that He created man (the race) in His (God’s) image, both male and female. The way I was taught was that Spirits have no gender…(I don’t have scriptural reference on that.)
That is probably where a lot of occult groups get their “proof” of God being male and female, which we know and has been taught is not true, because God is “male”.
Do I understand this wrong, or is there an easy explanation for this, maybe another verse that can prove that spirit has no gender??? I don’t know.
A. The confusion comes from the fact that Genesis 1 is God’s account of the Creation and Chapter 2 is Adam’s account based on what God had told him. In 2:7 Adam is repeating the story of his own creation, saying his body was formed first and then God breathed His spirit into it giving him life. The reason God created them male and female is because Adam and Eve were the only two humans directly created by God. From that time on the creation process was delegated to man in the form of pro-creation which requires both a man and a woman. As Paul explained, the union of man and woman is intended to be a model of Christ and the Church (Ephesians 5:22-33) and is not meant to imply anything about the Spirit of God.
Through out the Bible, God is always referenced in the male gender. But God isn’t human and attempts to assign human characteristics to Him are doomed to failure. God created us in His image, and ever since then unbelieving humans have tried to re-create God in ours. It doesn’t work.