But is not all of this anthropomorphism? Webb thinks not. He comments,
At this point I would introduce this rule of how to govern interpretations of God’s embodiment: Whatever God is, he is much more than what we are, but he is still more like us than he is like anything else. The anthropomorphic descriptions of God are literally true, even if they do not penetrate to God’s essence. (p. 81, emphasis original).
On this account, it would seem that God truly does have a body, though God is free to adopt whatever body God chooses. God chooses the body that best enables communication with humans. Webb concludes,
The bodies God assumes are means of communicating with us, not manifestations of God’s essence. I suppose this is the only conclusion that one can reach—that the bodies God occupies in these revelations are not really his own—unless one thinks that God really occupied a very specific body from before creation. (p. 81).
Given that Webb’s overall concern in Jesus Christ, Eternal God is to look at the place of matter in Christianity, I suspect that that last clause – unless one thinks that God really occupied a very specific body from before creation – reveals the direction in which he’s heading.