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"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament  showeth His handiwork,"  but they are not God (Psalm 19:1). Nature reveals the majesty and all-knowing of God, but nature is not God. The intricacies of the human body display the wonderful creative genius of God, but man is  not God (Psalm 139:14-16).

Following the final Passover, Jesus explained to His apostles that He was soon returning to the Father. "No man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also" (John 14:6 -7). At this point Philip interjected, "Lord show us the Father" (John 14:8). Isn't that something we would all like to see? Jesus quickly responded, "Have I been (so long) with you, and yet you have not known me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father" (John 14:9 NKJV).

The Scriptures plainly teach that "no man hath seen God at any time" (I John 4:12).  Paul even refers to Him as "the invisible God" (Colossians 1:15). Jesus told the Samaritan woman that "God is a spirit" (John 4:24).

How then can we see God? Who is He? What is His nature? What do we know of His character, will, and purpose? The Apostle John firmly avows, "No man hath seen God at any time; (however) the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him" (John 1:18). If we would see God, we need look no further than Jesus Christ!

"For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" (II Corinthians 4:6).  "He that seeth me seeth Him that sent me," Christ affirmed in John 12:45. The Inspired Paul would take it even further, "In Him (Christ) dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily" (Colossians 2:9). Christ is God (John 1:1).

Approaching the cross, Christ prayed, "I have manifested Thy name unto the men whom thou gavest me out of the world" (John 17:6). In the ancient world one's name stood for the whole person. To manifest the name of God is to reveal the essential nature of God (John 17:26). Therefore, to "believe on His name" is to trust in all that Jesus is and place oneself in His service (John 1:12).

Christ's very speech reveals to us God. "The word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me" (John 14:24). Concerning His apostles, Christ prayed, "I have given them the words thou gavest me" (John 17:8). Again He declared, "I do nothing of myself, but as my Father hath taught me I speak these things" (John 8:28). Whoever, therefore receives the words of Christ receives the words of God. These same words will one day judge each of us  (John 12:48)!

Have you  seen God? Investigate Jesus Christ!

Larry Albritton

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