Symbol of the Holy Spirit
When he had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water and behold, the heavens were opened up to Him, and he saw the spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove.
And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon him and a voice came from heaven which said, "You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased."
And John bore witness, saying, "I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon him.
Symbol of Love
Song of Solomon 1: 15
Behold, thou art fair, my love! Behold thou art fair; thou hast Doves' eyes.
Song of Solomon 2: 14, 4: 1, 5: 2, 6: 9
Symbol of Peace and Hope
Genesis 8: 8
He also sent out from himself a dove, to see if the waters had receded from the face of the ground.
Genesis 8: 9-12
Symbol of Offering and Sacrifice
Luke 2; 24
And to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, "A pair of doves or two young pigeons." Leviticus 1: 14, 5: 7, 12: 6, 12: 8, 14: 22
Genesis 15: 9, Numbers 6: 10
Symbol of Longing
Psalm 55: 6
So I said, "Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I woud fly away and be at rest.
Isaiah 38: 14, Jeremiah 48: 28, Hosea 11: 11