Exodus 33:20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.
This past week while in California I was on visitation with a gentleman from the church. We met a young Jehovah’s witness who tried to show us that Jesus isn’t God because no man has ever seen God. He used the following verse:
Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
God is One. No one has ever seen the face of God. That is clear in the Scriptures. But the Bible does say that men have seen God.
Yet the Bible says that Jacob did see God face to face:
Genesis 32:30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.
Isaiah saw God:
Isaiah 6:5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
Yet God is invisible:
I Timothy 1:17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
No man has seen God:
I John 4:12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
Yet man has seen God. Is this a contradiction? No it is because Jesus is God in human flesh:
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Colossians 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; 20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
Jesus is God in the flesh. It was by the cross that He saved us and made peace with God. God was in Christ reconciling us to Himself:
2 Corinthians 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
Colossians 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
All of God was in Christ. Christ is God. God is Christ. They are One but individuals. I do not understand it but I accept it!