IN HIS IMAGE, AFTER HIS LIKENESS, HIS DIVINE NATURE : GOD IS A SPIRIT
“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”
John 1:18 KJV
In the last two capsules we established the truth that the scriptures from Genesis to Malachi paints the Image of the Messiah, the redemption and the second coming. You might wonder why this is so important to the subject matter, 'that we are made in the Image of God, created after His likeness and have His Divine Nature?' Have patience, in this capsule, we would look at the second step in the link and connect the dots further. It is important to always have a sound scriptural grounding in whatever we believe. There is so much proliferation of fluff in the modern day Church, take time to interrogate what you are taught
“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” John 1:18 KJV
John 1:18, the passage above makes two fundamental assertions that a serious scholar of the word should not ignore. The first part, says NOBODY at ANYTIME has ever seen God! Consider that for a moment, all the prophets both major and minor, ALL inclusive of Abraham who was the only person described as the friend of God in the Old Testament, Moses who mediated the Law, David the King and psalmist, not even Isaiah that said he saw the Lord (Isaiah 6:1), none of them ever saw God. What they had were impressions of Him or at best, encounter with angels (Exodus 33:20, Galatians 3:19).
“Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.” 1 Timothy 6:16 KJV
Paul, repeats this same assertion in 1Timothy 6:16. Not only has no man seen God, he went further to say 'nor can see'. Meaning the same thing still applies. The reason for this is simple, 'God is a Spirit' (John 4:24a), He cannot be perceived by the five senses, He is a Spirit.
The second assertion in John 1:18, is that Christ is the exception to the rule. He is the only one who has seen the Father, hence the only Person that can communicate the image and person of God flawlessly. Until Christ came the image and impression of God was not perfectly understood. The implication of this is pivotal. God as a Father desires to reveal Himself to us, not through impressions or shadows or patterns (John 17:3).
To avoid mixed messages, He does it only through Christ who is the only person who has seen Him. If you grasp this, then John 14:6, makes a lot of sense. This is so important because if we are are to know exactly what we have in His Image, after His Likeness and Divine Nature we need to be able to see Him beyond mere impressions, because impressions are not perfect
“If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.” John 14:7 KJV
So that we might have a perfect image and understanding of God, He presents Himself through Christ (the only person who has seen Him). Let me put it another way, the clearer you see Christ, the better you see the Father (His Image, His Likeness and Divine Nature). Because they are one and the same......John 14:7, John 10:38, John 14:10-11. Just to be clear we are not talking about the physical form, because God is a Spirit. Now you see why it is paramount to be able to see the image of Christ through the scriptures and His very essence including the manifestation of His person in the Gospels/ Epistles. There is no way you can get to understand who the Father is outside of Christ. This was the central problem the Pharisees had (Romans 9:33, 1 Corinthians 1:23). I hope you are are beginning to see the connection? In the next capsule we will verify this further, my intention is to make each of my partner think, not just go with the flow. When you understand these things you will give up the low life, your actions will not be based on the latest Christian vogue or fashion. You will be secure, your actions will be based on knowledge and not on fickle emotions.
CHRIST IS THE PERFECT REPRESENTATION OF THE FATHER
I will encourage you to take this capsule in conjunction with the previous three to make sure you are current with the discussion. These things are really not difficult to understand for those ready to exert themselves. I pray your eyes of understanding will be enlighten
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