Text: “No man hath seen God (the Father) at any time; the only begotten Son (Christ Jesus), which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him.”
“Not that any man hath seen the Father, save He which is of God, He (Christ Jesus) hath seen the Father.”
Good morning, faith-seeing Christian! Having been granted God’s free gift of saving faith - you can look, as it were, with the eye of faith and clearly see the Face of the Father in Heaven. Only the eye of faith can see God the Father. God the Father can only be seen in the Person of His Son, Christ Jesus. Praise God that we can actually see all the attributes of God our Father, in the risen Jesus!
“(For we walk by faith, not by sight)” (2 Corinthians 5:7)
“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet (fit) to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the Kingdom of His dear Son: in Whom we have redemption through His Blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature.” (Colossians 1:12-15)
The Lord God Almighty informed Moses of the fact that “…Thou canst not see My Face; for there shall no man see Me, and live.” (Exodus 33:20)
However, God also assured Moses that His Presence would go with him always. Hallelujah! It is the same for you and I who know Christ Jesus as our own and personal Saviour and Lord. Wow! What a privilege to have! We can actually walk in the Presence of our thrice Holy Lord God.
“And He (God Almighty) said unto him (Moses), My Presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. And he (Moses) said unto Him (the Lord God), If Thy Presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.” (Exodus 33:14-15)
Therefore it is blatantly clear, that the Lord God Jehovah of the Old Testament time, is revealed to us in the New Testament time as Christ Jesus, the Son of the Living Lord God. At last, we who believe can see God face to face - when we contemplate our Saviour, Christ Jesus, in the pages of God’s Holy Word. What a heart-stirring fact of Holy Scriptures! Thanks be to God!
Like Jacob, when he was permitted to wrestle with the Lord God at Peniel, we Christians can see, with the eye of faith, the Face of God in Christ Jesus.
“And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel (the face of God); for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” (Genesis 32:30)
The Lord Jesus had just informed his close disciples that He was going off somewhere to which they could not immediately follow Him - Heaven. He was going there in order to ‘…prepare a place…’ for them, and of course for we latter-day believers also. Thus their hearts were heavy and dread and doubts were flooding their souls. (John 14:1-6)
If Christ Jesus was going off to fulfill His Eternal purpose, the disciples - especially Thomas and Philip - needed some reassurance that God the Father would remain with them, otherwise they believed they would very quickly be vanquished by the world, the flesh, and the Devil. They needed reassurance of God the Father’s Presence. They wanted to see His Face. (John 14:5;8)
This was the point when Jesus dropped an Eternal bomb-shell of truth upon His followers, and upon we latter-day Christians who follow Him by faith.
Christ said: “…he that hath seen Me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father and the Father in Me?…” (Vs.9-10)
Once more Jesus had sought to explain the mystery of the Eternal God-Head - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, all three Persons, yet only One God. Something we can only ’see’ through the eyes of Christian faith, which is God given. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give unto them Eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man (including ourselves!) pluck them out of My hand. My Father, which gave them Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are One.” (John 10:27-30)
Thought: We clearly see the invisible Father in the loving face of Christ Jesus our Lord - when we look through faith-filled eyes. Let's look to Christ and live!