John's Gospel

The Way It Happened

John 1:18, No one has ever seen God, part I of II

No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.

//Here’s an interesting topic. Is it true that nobody has ever seen God? I would enjoy hearing your thoughts after I post the second half tomorrow. Let me start the topic by presenting a list of verses where people DID see God:

Genesis 32:30, So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.”

Exodus 24:9-11, Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up and saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was something like a pavement made of sapphire, clear as the sky itself. But God did not raise his hand against these leaders of the Israelites; they saw God, and they ate and drank.

Genesis 17:1, When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me and be blameless.

Exodus 33:21-22, “Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.” When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. (Y’all recognize this as God speaking to Moses, right?)

Numbers 12:7-8, But this is not true of my servant Moses; he is faithful in all my house. With him I speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles; he sees the form of the LORD. (See also Exodus 33:11)

Judges 13:22, “We are doomed to die!” [Samson’s father] said to his wife. “We have seen God!”

Job 42:5, My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.

Isaiah 6:1, In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple.

Daniel 7:9, “As I looked, thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze.”

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