1/27/19 - Oh, To See God's Face
“As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.” (Psalms 17:15)
We have often wondered what it would be like to see the very face of God. In the flesh we cannot bear to behold such glory. His glory would overwhelm us and we would die (Exodus 33:20). Yet, to see God is something for which His people long. How wonderful it will be to sit at the throne of God someday and see Him.
Jesus promised that the pure in heart will see God (Matthew 5:8). In Heaven, we will serve at His throne and see His face (Revelation 22:4). While our eyes of flesh are incapable of beholding such glory, our glorified eternal bodies will look with adoration upon the face of our loving Heavenly Father.
The great prophet, Moses, wanted to see God. God put Moses in a crack in a rock and passed by, giving Moses just a glimpse from behind. After this, Moses’ face glowed so brightly he had to cover it with a veil from the eyes of the people.
Jesus came into the world to show us the Father. “No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him” (John 1:18). “Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father” (John 6:46). Later Jesus told Philip, “…He who has seen Me has seen the Father…” (John 14:9).
God created us to live in harmony with His will and in fellowship with Him. He wants us to seek Him and His way for our lives (Isaiah 55:6). Someday Christ will return and pronounce judgment on this sinful world. He will redeem His own and gather us to glory with Him. For all eternity we will be in the direct presence of Jesus, the Father, and the Holy Spirit. We will never suffer the temptations and indignities of earthly life. We will have glorified bodies with eyes that are capable of seeing the indescribable beauty of God’s face.
The challenge before us is to look at Jesus in His word and live according to what He has commanded us. He died and rose again to save all who will obey the gospel in repentance and baptism, and who will live according to the most blessed life possible. Living for Christ is a foretaste of Heaven, where we will be with Him forever and see the face of God.