From the beginning God’s essence includes the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God. In verse 26, the triune nature of God is presented as he created mankind, male and female in his image, “let us make mankind…”
If God is invisible, what do you think “created in the image of God” means? This is actually the first time I thought about the question. I’ve never really thought about God being invisible and creating visible beings. But perhaps we shouldn’t be so quick to assume that this creative moment is meant to be bound by human flesh. We know the mortal body will eventually return to dust. What is left of that which God created then?
We are not mere mortals, as C.S. Lewis reminds us. If we believe each of us embodies a life of eternity, we must treat each other with great love, compassion and respect. Since we are created with the DNA of God, we have the opportunity to be the light of the world, one candle at a time. If we would simply trust that God will ultimately handle those who are wicked, just let go of self-righteous thoughts and focus on reaching those who are far from Christ, we would advance God’s kingdom here on earth beyond our wildest imagination.
The creation story doesn’t satisfy scientists, but I’m pretty confident that was never its purpose. The story assures us that God put things in motion, in order, by his hand. Psalm 1 reminds us that he will stay in control.