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THE GOSPEL OF JOHN– Part 10
John 1:18, “No one has seen God at any time; God the only Son, who is in the arms of the Father, He has explained Him.”
As if staring into the heavens in search of a celestial body, suspecting it is there, but unable to find any trace of the thing you are straining to see. Then, someone says, “look here’, pointing to the lens of a powerful telescope. And, now you stand amazed, gazing in awe through tear filled eyes, at the glory and majesty.
Mine is a poor and weak illustration, at best. However, John is telling us, powerfully and in unequivocal terms, “No one has seen God at any time.”
There are at least eleven other references in the Bible about ‘the Invisibility of God”. So, why is John repeating what we know? Is it because John is drawing our attention to the powerful Son of God, Who is “the exact representation of God” and “is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation”?
John is saying, if you want to know God, look upon Jesus! Hebrews 1:3, tells us that, “He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.”
John, by saying, “God, the only Son”, that Jesus is God!
Furthermore, John tells us that Jesus, the Son and God, the Father are One! (Also, see John 15)
And, finally, John is reminding us about
- The surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.
- These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,
- far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.
- And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” (See Ephesians 1:19-23)
What does this mean to you and to me?
- Jesus is the exact representation of God. If you want to know God, look to Jesus!
- Jesus is the image of the invisible God. You can look upon the face of God through Christ and know Him. (Things even angels long to see).
- Jesus is the firstborn of all creation.
- Jesus is God!
- Jesus is One with the Father.
- The surpassing greatness of His power is toward us who believe!
- Jesus has been raised from the dead and is seated in the heavenlies at the Right Hand of God the Father, interceding for you, this very moment.
- Jesus is far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come, and He loves you!
- God the Father has put all things in subjection under Jesus’ feet, and has given Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. You are His Church!
This one verse, John 1:18, is too much to take in at one time. I am overwhelmed by God’s majesty and authority and by His love for me. I pray the same for you.
If you ever feel overwhelmed, downcast or beaten, remember this, turn to Him and His Word, and He will strengthen you and save you through all circumstances.
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears,
And delivers them out of all their troubles.
The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart,
And saves such as have a contrite spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
He guards all his bones;
Not one of them is broken.
Evil shall slay the wicked,
And those who hate the righteous shall be [e]condemned.
The Lord redeems the soul of His servants,
And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.
Your Brother and Friend,
PS: Let’s not just know about Him. Let’s know Him.
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