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In today's Scripture, the book of John records that no one has seen God, who is the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only true and wise God. However Christ brought the revelation about God to mankind. Christ is God passed into earthly activity in human flesh. The greatest manifestation and self-expression of the divinity of the Godhead, came into human experience through Jesus Christ.

Reference: John 1:18 New International Version (NIV) "No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known."

Although the Word became flesh, Christ brought the knowledge of who and how God is and made Him plain to us. Christ is the very image of the invisible God, indicating that He is wholly like Him. Christ exists at the very heart of God the Father - as the Son of God; they are one and this oneness also exists by intimate relationship. In Matthew 11:27 (NIV), Jesus says, "All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him." Here Christ is talking about His intimacy with God, specifying that although Christ functioned as a separate entity while on earth [God the Father and God the Son], they are exactly the same.

The expression: "No one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him", actually suggests that there are chosen ones, whom Christ came to reveal God to. Every born again Christian is part of the chosen ones. The chosen ones are described in this manner: "And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified" (Romans 8:30).

A religious belief sustains the concept and opinion that there are vast and wonderful contrasts between God the Father and God the Son, due to the twofold nature of Christ [Christ's incarnation and His fullness as God] but this is not true. There are no such differences between God and Christ because Hebrews 1:3 reveals that "The Christ is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being..." (NIV). Colossians 1:15 also conveys the verity that Christ is the exact image of the invisible God. Indeed, He is the brightness of God's glory and the express image of His Person.

Although Colossians 2:9 reads, "For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily", the bodily form transpired on earth because under normal circumstances, mankind cannot see and experience God with mortal eyes. Those who had the opportunity of seeing Christ in bodily form on earth experienced the most explicit manifestation of the Father, unlike the dazzling appearance of God's presence which Moses and some of the old testament Biblical figures encountered, that created an impression of terrifying awe and fearful wonder as their eyes beheld the image of God. So if Christ did not simplify the manifestation of the Godhead by showing up in human flesh, no one would know and understand God, signifying that He would still remain an indescribable mystery.

Today, the revelation of God's essence lives in us as Christ. We have been summoned to experience the knowledge of an ideal perfection of the Godhead through our salvation and faith in Christ Jesus. And as a great advancement, we are still encountering an endless knowing and progressive understanding of God the Father through the knowledge of the Scripture continually inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Bible says, "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord" (2 Corinthians 3:18 KJV), meaning that a far more comprehensive revelation of God's knowledge, glory and perfection is continually captured and attained by the saints through constant fellowship with, and meditation on the Scriptures, and it inspires in us, the spirit of faith, reverence, trust, love and devotion to the point of conforming to the image of Christ. Shalom!

Scripture Reading - John 1:14; Colossians 1:19; Philippians 2:6-7; Colossians 2:2-3.

Exuberant Declaration: Christ Jesus is the full revelation of God the Father who came in human flesh to accomplish the fullness of the promise of salvation for the whole world. He is the brightness of the Father's glory and the express image of His Person. He is the divine character in the original form, demonstrated on earth on behalf of mankind and signifying God's visible image, substance and essence. Hallelujah!


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