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Luke 3:22 22 and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.” We can try not to analyse too much. It is physically a dove but also mythically or spiritually, the Spirit descending economically on the Lord for His ministry.


Just to add to Flimzy's excellent answer. There are several instances in the Bible where the Holy Spirit is seen in a physical form. All Scripture is quoted from the King James translation, unless otherwise noted. Once in the Old Testament he is seen as a hand writing on the wall. Daniel 5:5 In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and ...


There was no dove at the baptism of Jesus. Read the scripture a bit more closely and you see that: Then John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending like a dove from heaven, and it remained on him." John 1:32 NET. It was the Holy Spirit which came down like a dove.

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