In His Image we are made…
Has any Man ever seen God? God’s Essence created ALL: the Universe, seen and unseen!
In the beginning, God Created the Heavens and the Earth. Genesis 1:1
For by God ALL things were Created, in Heaven and on Earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—ALL things were Created through God and for The Essence of The Creator. Colossians 1:16
In the beginning was The Word, and The Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1
God can be seen directly by angels, though, because they are spirit creatures. (Matthew 18:10) Moreover, some humans who die will be raised to life in heaven with a spirit body and will then be able to see God.—Philippians 3:20, 21; 1 John 3:2.
How to “see” God now
The Bible often uses the idea of seeing figuratively, to represent enlightenment. (Isaiah 6:10; Jeremiah 5:21; John 9:39-41) In this sense, a person can see God now with “the eyes of [his] heart” by having faith so as to know Him and appreciate His qualities. (Ephesians 1:18) The Bible describes steps to build this kind of faith.
- Learn about God’s qualities, such as his love and generosity as well as his wisdom and power, through his creation. (Romans 1:20) After being reminded of God’s creative works, the faithful man Job felt as though God were right before his eyes.—Job 42:5.
- 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 119:2; John 17:3.
- 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.
- Live in a way that pleases God, and see how he acts in your behalf. Jesus said: “Happy are the pure in heart, since they will see God.” As noted earlier, some who please God will be resurrected to heaven and will thus “see God” there.—Matthew 5:8; Psalm 11:7.
Did not Moses, Abraham, and others actually see God?
In accounts where it might seem that the Bible says that humans literally saw God, the context shows that God was represented by an angel or appeared by means of a vision.
In ancient times, God sent angels as his representatives to appear to humans and to speak in his name. (Psalm 103:20) For example, God once spoke to Moses from a burning bush, and the Bible says that “Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at the true God.” (Exodus 3:4, 6) Moses did not literally see God, though, for the context shows that he actually saw “Jehovah’s angel.”—Exodus 3:2.
Similarly, when the Bible says that God “spoke to Moses face-to-face,” it means that God conversed with Moses intimately. (Exodus 4:10, 11; 33:11) Moses did not actually see God’s face, for the information he received from God “was transmitted through angels.” (Galatians 3:19; Acts 7:53) Still, Moses’ faith in God was so strong that the Bible described him as “seeing the One who is invisible.”—Hebrews 11:27.
In the same way that he spoke to Moses, God communicated with Abraham through angels. Granted, a casual reading of the Bible might give the impression that Abraham literally saw God. (Genesis 18:1, 33) However, the context shows that the “three men” who came to Abraham were actually angels sent by God. Abraham recognized them as God’s representatives and addressed them as if he were speaking directly to Jehovah.—Genesis 18:2, 3, 22, 32; 19:1.
God has also appeared to humans through visions, or scenes presented to a person’s mind. For instance, when the Bible says that Moses and other Israelites “saw the God of Israel,” they really “saw a vision of the true God.” (Exodus 24:9-11) Likewise, the Bible sometimes says that prophets “saw Jehovah.” (Isaiah 6:1; Daniel 7:9; Amos 9:1) In each case, the context shows that they were given a vision of God rather than a direct view of him.—Isaiah 1:1; Daniel 7:2; Amos 1:1.
The Essence of God is Eternal, Amen.
God alone is immortal and Exists in unapproachable light, The El Shadai no one has seen or can see. To The Creator be honor and might forever, Amen. 1 Timothy 6:16
If then we are Created in The Image of The unseen, we in the physical are unseen. This provokes a chuckle in amusement. But, I literally mean it! You have said “I did it”, “I saw her/him…”, “I thought…” Your body does not think!
Complexities abound! After trauma, an individual who could walk and exist independently is dependent on others for everyday tasks. Yet, the individual still refers to themself as “I”. The same way they did pre-trauma.
Have you ever seen yourself? Not in a mirror, but ‘stepped’ away your ‘self’ and seen you. The answer is it is impossible. We have seen characteristics of others and “know” them. Have we every truly seen the spirit of another? Yes, we know them and in many cases can describe them to a “T”! Yet, we can never say we have truly seen ourselves or the spirit of another.
Jesus is The Image of The invisible God, The firstborn of all Creation. Colossians 1:15
Are you ready?
Lord Jesus Christ, grant me the gift of understanding. Help me to understand the feelings of others, the desires of others, the goals of others. At the same time, help me to understand myself in my actions and reactions. Widen my vision beyond my own small world to embrace with knowledge and love the worlds of others, Amen.
Then he said to them all: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.'” – Luke 9:23 (NIV)
Lord, I thank You for all You’ve done for me. I just pray that You would change me, oh God. Please guide my heart, and help me to grow into the person You want me to be. Rather than me following my own ways, please purify my heart and make me more like you. Please guide my path and help me take steps that will guide me toward Your plan for my life and not my own whims. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen
“He must become greater; I must become less.” – John 3:30 (NIV)
Lord, create in me a clean heart. Life is so complicated, busy and chaotic. But amid the mess, please give me the strength and courage to see people, places, things and events through Your lens. Please guide me and change me, oh God. Please give me Your heart for others and the world around me. Each and every day, help me to see, through Your eyes, the truth of what is, what has been and what will one day come. In the name of Your son Jesus I pray, Amen.
“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” – Romans 6:1-2 (NIV)
Lord, You know my struggles. Please create in me a clean heart, God, and please change me. Sin is something that has crept into my life, and I’ve continued to struggle with [insert specific issue(s)]. I know that I can only overcome these struggles through You, so I ask that You guide me and bless me, Lord. I ask that You help me to be the person You want me to be. Thank You for Your love and guidance. Change my heart, oh God and make me more like You. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.