The Holy Spirit in the Bible takes the form of: Dove, Oil, Light, Wind and Tongues of Fire. But never a human being. Why?

  • The Holy Spirit makes manifest the will of God the Father which is Jesus Christ!
    – Rick
    Jun 2, 2014 at 12:26
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    The Father was not sent to be a sacrifice for sin, nor was the Holy Spirit. Only the Son took human nature to be a sacrifice. The son would have never become incarnate if it was not for this. It would be needless for someone else to die for sin in addition to the Son, therefore the Holy Spirit and the Father wold never take upon human nature as the Son did.
    – Mike
    Jun 2, 2014 at 13:50
  • According to Unitarians, he did! :P
    – Flimzy
    Jun 3, 2016 at 7:03

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According to Trinity theology, there are three persons in God and they are one.

  1. Father
  2. The Word or the Son
  3. Holy Spirit

They are all spirit according to John 4:24.

God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth." (John 4:24, NIV)

Though there are three persons, only one of them took the form of flesh.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14, NIV)

The Bible doesn't tell us whether all three of them can become flesh, but there is no reason why they cannot do so, because God is All-powerful. All we know is that only The Word became flesh and is called the Son of God. There is a strong reason why The Word became flesh and it was a necessity. It was all planned by God that His Son should become human and die on the Cross. It was the will of the Father that the Son should born from a woman and die for all mankind. Since it was necessary for the Son to die as human on the cross, the Son/Word became flesh.

All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast--all whose names have not been written in the Lamb's book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world. (Revelation 13:8, NIV)

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. (Ephesians 1:3-6, NIV)

The three persons in the Trinity have different roles. The Father plays the role of a father, the Son plays the role of intercession between God and men, the Holy Spirit dwells inside the believers and help them to live a holy life.

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. (John 14:26, NIV)

But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment (John 16:7-8, NIV)

God can live inside the believers in the form of the Holy Spirit. Though the Father and the Son are in Heaven, the Holy Spirit is in this world to help the believers.

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16, ESV)

  • Please read the question before answering. The question is about 'why does the Holy Spirit not ...' WHY?! Maybe you can explain what question you answered - then you will make sense. Jun 2, 2014 at 16:07
  • @gideonmarx Thanks for reminding me. I addressed that part also.
    – Mawia
    Jun 3, 2014 at 6:09

The member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe this:

The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s; the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit. Were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell in us. (Doctrine & Covenants 130:22)

  • Good description of LDS view. Jun 2, 2014 at 14:40
  • This answer makes perfect sense as it answers 'why'? Well done sharp and to the point. +1 Jun 2, 2014 at 16:09

That's a very good question and I'd like to think that we can find an answer in John 16. Why did Jesus ever say the following words:

7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. - Verse 7 (NKJV)

Since Jesus, the Son of God became flesh, He could only be in one place at a time. What a sacrifice, that God the Son would be confined and restricted in and by a human body so as to redeem man. Think about it! Is it possible that " ... it is to [our] advantage ... " that he Holy Spirit did not become flesh. That way He can be everywhere at the same time:

8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me;

10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more;

11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. Verses 8 - 11

  • Does that make sense? If you say he could only be at once place at a time, how could Jesus be on earth and the Father be in Heaven? (and let's not forget the holy ghost) Sep 9, 2014 at 16:32
  • Nothing about Jesus really makes sense. In human terms that is. I am not sure I understand the rest of your question, or is it rhetorical, and how the Father and the Holy Spirit tie into the current subject. Sep 9, 2014 at 16:39

Revelation 19:

6 Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:

“Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. 7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. 8 Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.)

9 Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”

Perhaps the Bride of Christ, the Church, is the body of the Holy Spirit?

(See John 15, Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians for extended analogies comparing the Church to a single body.)

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