In my article "The Spirit of God vs. The Holy Spirit," I explained the difference between the terms "Spirit of God" and the "Holy Spirit" as it relates to a Trinitarians viewpoint, and why you cannot divide God up into individual, co-equal and co-eternal spirits. Now, we need to look at a very important aspect of understanding the Godhead... and that is how God can manifest Himself in many ways, even though He is one Spirit of God!
GOD IS A SPIRIT
Joh 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
First and foremost, God is an invisible Spirit that has no physical attributes or boundaries. He does not have flesh and bones (Luke 24:39) or a physical body (except Jesus - another study). He always was, even before there was any existence of any sky, planets or earth. He is not seen by anyone, unless He chooses to reveal (manifest) Himself in various forms. And even though God manifests Himself in various forms, no man can actually see Him directly as an invisible Spirit of God in all His Glory.
God is Omnipresent (om•ni•pres•ent - everywhere at all times), however, all other spirit-beings (angels, devils, satan) are limited in the spiritual body (being) they were created with, and confined to be only at one place at a time. And, because God is omnipresent, we cannot assume He is fused into nature or substances in our world such as trees, mountains and sky. Doing so would make His creation a part of His deity; thus we would be in danger of worshiping nature.
He is also Omniscient (om•nis•cient - all knowing) and Omnipotent (om•nip•o•tent - all powerful). And all these powerful attributes solely belong to God alone. He is also eternal, unchanging and holy. Because God is all-powerful and all-knowing, He can do anything He wants at any time He chooses.
WHY DOES THE BIBLE DESCRIBE GOD IN HUMAN ATTRIBUTES?
All through scripture you will often read that God has eyes, hands, fingers, arms, legs, feet, heart and so on. Since God is a Spirit and doesn't have a physical body (except Jesus - another study), you have to conclude that these physical descriptions are figurative. His "heart" speaks of His will and intellect, not an actual physical heart. So, in other words, scripture describes an invisible God in finite, human terms so we may understand Him better.
GOD MANIFESTING HIMSELF THROUGH THEOPHANIES
One way that God revealed Himself in the Old Testament was through, what is called a theophany, which is a visible manifestation of God. This was always a temporary physical form. This was the only way God would reveal Himself, even though He never let anyone see His full deity and glory.
He often appeared through angels, men, burning bush, lightening, thunder, clouds, fire and other ways which I couldn't list them all. But, suffice to say; the ONE SPIRIT of God could do all of this at any time, any place and any way He chose.
ANGELS OF GOD
You will also read in many cases where "the angel of the Lord" appeared to someone. These manifestations could be actual angels being sent, or God manifesting Himself through the angel. For example; an angel of the Lord appeared to Moses in a burning bush. The voice that spoke to Moses was God Himself.
Exo 3:2-4 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. (3) And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. (4) And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.
It is also important to note here, angels are created beings by God and are in spiritual-body form. Even though they are separate beings, yet, we see here how God simply took on an angelic form and revealed Himself that way to man.
So, as we look back over the subject of a Godhead, we can all agree that so far, we only have God and Angels in heaven, but God is still the only one in the Godhead. And since the "Holy Spirit" is God, there is no third person in a trinity.
It is VERY IMPORTANT you understand this part of the lesson. Because the facts on this page are the only things that will make the Godhead easier to understand going forward. As you have read, GOD IS A SPIRIT and it is totally feasible that God can do multiple manifestations at will, and in any manner or any way He chooses.
What we need to see here, is even though God has angel beings and theophany’s He works through, it doesn't divide Him into multiple beings. Outside of angels, we can't say that the fire, a man, a cloud and so forth are separate, co-equal individual beings... they are just multiple manifestations of the ONE SPIRIT OF GOD.
You may ask... well how can God do that? You have to remember, God is a Spirit and He has the ability to create anything in an instant. Look at creation, He simply spoke the word. So, it is no marvel that He can move or manifest Himself into any form. You will see why, it wasn't hard for God to overshadow Mary and create a flesh (the Son) for Himself to walk upon the earth in the man Jesus Christ; reconciling the world UNTO HIMSELF!
2Co 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
Earlier, I mentioned that scripture uses physical body parts to describe God in a figurative way. We will see later on in another study how this same figurative concept is used when using the terms, Father, Son, Holy Ghost and Comforter. Remember, God uses human descriptions to tell us about who He is and how He works. Keep this in mind as we move onto our next study.
READ: The Plurality Of God