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52. See God Face to Face



No man shall see God (or hear his voice) and live:

Exodus 33:20 - "And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live."

Deuteronomy 4:33 - "Did ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live?"


But at sundry times and in divers manners God has revealed Himself in a special way to certain people, but it always instilled fear:

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."

Exodus 33:11,17 - "And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle... And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name."

Numbers 12:8 - "With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?"

Numbers 14:14 - "And they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land: for they have heard that thou LORD art among this people, that thou LORD art seen face to face, and that thy cloud standeth over them, and that thou goest before them, by day time in a pillar of a cloud, and in a pillar of fire by night."

Deuteronomy 5:4 - "The LORD talked with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire,"

Deuteronomy 34:10 - "And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face"

Judges 6:22 - "And when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the LORD, Gideon said, Alas, O Lord GOD! for because I have seen an angel of the LORD face to face."

Judges 13:22 - "And Manoah said unto his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God."

Ezekiel 20:35 - "And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face."


But, whilst this was the case, Christ hath now declared Him fully:

John 1:18 - "No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him."


But, also, God can dwell in us:

1 John 4:12,13 - "No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit."


Not seeing God, therefore, is the opposite of being "of God":

3 John 11 - "Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God."


Job equates seeing God with not just hearing about Him, but experiencing Him:

Job 42:5 - "I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee."


God is unapproachable and invisible to men:

1Timothy 6:16 - "Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen."


But we can still say, in a sense, that we shall one day "see God":

Job 19:26 - "And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God."

Matthew 5:8 - "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God."

1 Corinthians 13:12 - "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known."

Revelation 22:3,4 - "And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: and they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads."