Posted by Pastoral Musings on May 27th, 2009
Below is an example of a supposed Biblical inconsistency. It seems that the one who formulated this “inconsistency” thinks there is no resolution to the apparent conflict of God’s invisibility, His not being seen, and His being seen.
GE 12:7, 17:1, 18:1, 26:2, 32:30, EX 3:16, 6:2-3, 24:9-11, 33:11, NU 12:7-8, 14:14, JB 42:5, AM 7:7-8, 9:1 God is seen. EX 33:20, JN 1:18, 1JN 4:12 God is not seen. No one can see God’s face and live. No one has ever seen him.
It is indeed true that no one can see the face of God and live.
No one has ever seen God – in the fullness of His glory, that is.
God has condescended to reveal Himself to us in small portions, as it were, from time to time.
John (Jn 1:18) tells us that Jesus declared God to us. Jesus revealed the Father to us.
This does not make for an inconsistency, however. The same John clarifies the issue for us by telling us that we have not seen all of the glory of God in Jesus. The glory of God was veiled, but one day the veil will be lifted and we shall see Jesus as He truly is (1Jn 3:1,2) in all of His glory. At that time we shall see the fullness of the glory of God.