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HAS ANYONE SEEN GOD FACE TO FACE

I suppose that if you were to ask Christians whether or not they would like to “see” God, most would say “yes.” Human curiosity often wins out over our knowledge of biblical passages such as(Hebrews 12:29), which informs us that “our God is a consuming fire.” While Scripture promises that the pure in heart will see God (Matt. 5:8), Paul makes it clear that such sight cannot come until death, when believers enter God’s presence. It is God alone who “has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see” (1 Tim. 6:16). But one day — at the appearing of Jesus Christ — Paul says we will see that which our sin and finitude currently prevents us from seeing (6:14–15).

How to see God

Learn about God through the life of Jesus. Since Jesus perfectly reflected the personality of his Father, Jehovah God, he could rightly say: “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father also.”​(John 14:9).
Get to know God by studying the Bible. “If you search for God, he will let himself be found by you,” the Bible assures us.​(1 Chronicles 28:9); (Psalm 119:20); (John 17:3).

Uncovering God’s Holy Face

(Genesis 32:30), Jacob said, “…I have seen God face to face,” and yet in (John 1: 18) “No man hath seen God at any time.” Again, Jesus says in (John 14:7, 9), “If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him … he that hath seen me hath seen the Father….” How then do we reconcile “seeing the face of God?”

Christ Reflects God’s Face

(John 1:18 )confirms that no one but Jesus has seen God, so how does this square with the Bible’s own description of Moses, Jacob and Sampson’s parents encountering God? In verse 11 of the same chapter of Exodus, Moses speaks to God “face to face.” This is a figure of speech for intimate conversation, as at the end of the chapter Moses is intentionally shielded in the rocks of the mountain side from seeing God, experiencing only the trail of His glory.

(Exodus 33:20) But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.”

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