Has Man Seen God?

Knowing God

When thinking about Mans interaction with God and whether or not they have seen him there are a few passages that come to mind.

Genesis 32:30 (NASB) So Jacob named the place Peniel, for [he said,] “I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been preserved.”

Judges 13:22 (NASB) So Manoah said to his wife, “We will surely die, for we have seen God.”

John 1:18 (NASB) No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained [Him.]

John 6:46 (NASB) “Not that anyone has seen the Father, except the One who is from God; He has seen the Father.

1 John 4:12 (NASB) No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.

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Eyes to See!

Knowing God

Having come out of the oneness understanding of the Godhead I remember using certain passages to say things they never intended to say. One day I was discussing one of these passages with a dear brother of mine. The passage we were discussing is found in John 14.

John 14:6-9 (NASB) Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.” Philip *said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus *said to him, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

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LORD in the OT, Lord in the NT

I used to teach that Jesus being called Lord meant that he was YHWH the all caps LORD of the OT. I would take Paul’s conversion where he is encountered by the Lord in Acts 9 and say here Jesus identifies himself as YHWH. Paul as a Jew knowing God was one LORD, ask who are you Lord? And Jesus responds I am Jesus who you are persecuting. It all sounds good and seems like truth from the outside but it only seems that way because we were withholding information that would help us understand who Paul actually encountered.

1) All caps LORD in the OT is actually the name of God, YHVH …

2) Lord in the NT is Kyrios, It is not the name of God. The Term is used of someone of authority and used also for God depending on the Context.

So yes Paul asked who are you Lord, but not who are you YHVH?
He realized he had encountered someone of great power and authority. He did not believe it was God; considering he thought he was doing God a service and he was sure he knew God.
Rather he was asking who this person of great power was, well Jesus answers
“I am Jesus!” What a turning point for Paul considering he was persecuting all those who would preach or call upon that name.

The Bible tells us that after this glorious and powerful encounter he went about preaching Jesus is the Son of God, not YHVH (Acts 9:20).

The Bible tells us that Jesus is Lord but not that he is LORD meaning YHVH because
Acts 2:36 tells us that God (YHVH) MADE Jesus both Lord and Christ.
No one makes GOD ‘LORD’; nor does YHVH make another YHVH. For YHVH is One!

The clearest passages that show Jesus being called Lord does not mean he is
YHVH the Almighty are the greetings of the Apostles. They say
Blessed be the God and Father of our “Lord” Jesus the Anointed.

We can understand that Jesus although he is Lord he has a God over him. The theme of the New Testament comes from its most quoted Hebrew text…

Psalms 110:1 A Psalm of David. The LORD (YHWH) says to my lord (adoni, human Lord): “Sit at My right hand Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”

This same Jesus has God raised from the dead and made him both Lord and Christ!

Regards Micah 5:2

“So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’ ””

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭2:5-6‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

As I was reading today I noticed Matthew quotes from Micah 5:2 and he does not quote the entire verse. Now we know there were not chapter and verse divisions but I thought it was interesting where Matthew stops. Let’s look at Micah 5:2

““But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.””
‭‭Micah‬ ‭5:2‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

It’s amazing to me that many will quote this verse today properly pointing it to Christ but they want to focus on the last phrase, “Whose goings forth are from old, from everlasting.” They do so trying to prove Jesus was somehow God. Yet Matthew feels no need to quote that part that is not his focus.

You see when it says “Whose goings forth are from Old, from everlasting”, It’s not trying to say the Shepherd is an eternal being. It’s telling us that this was God’s purpose and plan from everlasting, it’s good as done even though it had not yet been accomplished.
I believe the reason why Matthew does not say the last phrase is because the prophecy had been fulfilled in Christ, there was no need to make this statement of God’s predetermined will. Matthew was simply saying Jesus was that promised shepherd and Ruler based on his fulfillment of that prophecy.

If you must continue don’t just read verse 2 but continue on to see who this shepherd and Ruler is. It does not portray him as God himself but rather the servant of God.

“Therefore He shall give them up, Until the time that she who is in labor has given birth; Then the remnant of His brethren Shall return to the children of Israel. And He shall stand and feed His flock In the strength of YHWH, In the majesty of the name of YHWH His God; And they shall abide, For now He shall be great To the ends of the earth;”
‭‭Micah‬ ‭5:3-4‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

He (Jesus) will stand in the strength of YHWH and in the majesty of the name of YHWH 👉His God👈. My brothers and sisters let us take the prophets at their word and believe this is fulfilled in Christ. Christ is our ruler, however he rules in the strength and majesty of His God and our God, YHWH.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!

Mars Hill by David Loeser

I remember wrestling with the Lord over what he was showing me about himself through the scripture but the moment I surrendered, what a great peace that came over me. I remember crying out to the Lord and I felt this overwhelming unction to write and as I did God began to speak. Many may not see or may never see but I know without a doubt I heard him speak to me.

Here is what I wrote and He answered my hearts cry!

Mars Hill

I was standing there on Mars Hill
Worshipping a God I knew was real,
He had a name I did not know
Until His Son began to Show.

When I first saw Him I knew He was three,
Well, did I, or is this what man said to me,
As I looked at His Word this had to be wrong,
God Had been saying He was One all along.

So as I searched, it was not three but one,
Then I began to see that One sent His Son,
His name was Jesus, so that’s Gods name I see,
Well, did I, or is this what man said to me.

God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob reveal unto me,
Who you are so that way I can see,
Man says one that is three or two that’s the same,
Am I crazy, I feel like I’m Going insane.

Calm down my son, soon you will see,
Look at what’s written and you will know me.

Yes Father, I believe that it’s true,
Open my eyes so I can see you.

Look at Jesus.

I did, but He is your Son.

Yes, and He tells you that I am the One,
He is not me, but the One whom I said,
Will be the judge of the quick and the dead,
Look at Him trust Him, because His Word is true,
He does nothing of himself, but what I showed him to do.
Now you follow Him and give worship to me,
And you will be what I’ve created you to be,
Speak life to the world from the Words that I spoke,
Don’t be afraid of Man because they’ve seen what I wrote.
I love you my son, I’ve put my peace deep within,
To guide you where I’ve said when you don’t understand,
Trust me, Trust my Son, which you become one,
In us by My Spirit, My will be done.

 

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