To See the Face of God

By Francis Frangipane

Have you not deeply desired to see God to know Him intimately and truly? Beloved, to see Jesus is to behold God.

Let us not consider it heresy: We can surely see God! But first, we must renounce every perception of the Almighty other than what we have proven is true in Christ. Therefore, study the life, teachings and deeds of Jesus Christ and you will remove all mystery about the nature of God.

Jesus said, "He who has seen Me has seen the Father" (John 14:9).

What truth could be more profound? Each time we read of what Jesus did, we are actually beholding the nature of God. Every time we listen to what Jesus taught, we are hearing the voice of the Living God.

Jesus is the image of the invisible Father (Heb 1). "In Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form" (Col 2:9) Jesus is God's form. He mirrored on earth those things He saw His Father doing in heaven; He echoed on earth what the Father whispered to His heart from heaven.

Would you see God? Christ's words are windows through which the pure in heart behold the Almighty.

Certainly, others will edify our souls greatly, but no prophet or teacher excels the revelation of God in Christ. Ponder Him and you contemplate the nature of God. Eat His words and you assimilate into your spirit the substance of the Almighty.

"God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son . . ." (Heb 1:1-2).

God spoke to the prophets in "many portions and in many ways." All their words and thoughts edify our souls; they are all profitable for reproof and correction. But, "in these last days [God] has spoken to us in the Son."

Prophets will point the way; Christ is the way. Teachers will expound the truth; Jesus is the truth. Apostles will proclaim the life; Jesus is the life. Yes, all speak the word, but the Son of God is the Word.

The teaching of Jesus Christ is not to be blended into the Scriptures, as though He were one of many equally important voices used by God. He is the revelation of God, the sole expression of His invisible glory. When Christ speaks, we are listening to God unfiltered,unbiased, unveiled.

Blessed Are the Pure in Heart
Jesus said the pure in heart will see God. David wrote, "With the pure Thou dost show Thyself pure" (2 Sam 22:27). Think of it: Not only can we truly know God, He desires to show Himself to us. David said, "Thou dost show Thyself."

How valuable are Christ's words? To each who chooses to abide in the words of Christ, He has promised, "I . . . will disclose Myself to him" (John 14:21). His promise is not reserved for a time later in heaven, but He desires to fulfill His words here, now.

We may have grown content with the illusion of distance; yet God is not content. He created us to live in steadfast union with His Presence. The sense of distance between the Almighty and ourselves is a deception.

Indeed, the Lord corrects us not merely because He hates sin but because sin separates us from His Presence. He loves us and purifies us so we can see Him.

Remember, beloved, the prayer of Jesus, "Father, I desire that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am, in order that they may behold My glory" (John 17:24).

Are we so content with our religion that we ignore this promise? We can be with Him where He is. He is specifically praying that we behold His glory." He is not speaking only to leaders, but to all who abide in His words.

Heresy, you shout? Why, because we speak of seeing the glory of God? Abraham saw His glory while he was in Mesopotamia. Isaiah saw it by the river Chebar. Ezekiel, Daniel, David, Habakkuk, Solomon, Zachariah and Haggai all saw the glory of the Lord. Moses saw it, then Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu and the seventy elders of Israel; then, three million Israelites saw God's glory on Mount Sinai. They followed a cloud of glory by day and were illuminated by a pillar of fire-like glory at night, not just once, but every day for nearly forty years!

These imperfect people beheld God's glory, and lived to write about it! Why should you or I be deprived? Jesus said that he who is least in His kingdom is greater than these! The glory which God displayed in the Old Testament which faded from Moses' face, which faded after descending and filling Solomon's temple, which departed from Israel during the priesthood of Eli now dwells permanently in our spirits. The glory in us will not fade, but increase, especially as the day of His presence approaches! We will be filled with His glory!

So, I ask again, would you see God? Would you pursue the glory of the Lord? Study Jesus. Ponder His words and deeds. For to steadfastly gaze upon Jesus, is to behold "the glory of God in the face of Christ" (2Cor 4:6).