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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.


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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 ...


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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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