“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him” John 1:18
LIGHT FOR NOW: The Father is revealed in the son or the Father revealed Himself in the son.
Having established some fundamental facts in previous study, let us now proceed to our investigation of the Father revealed in the son. We are going to interpret our key text grammatically, contextually and carefully not losing sight of the fact that it is the New Testament that explains the Old Testament. Now, let’s begin with the word “no man” in our above text; it was translated from the Greek word “oudeis”, which implies no one, nobody, not even one. In other words, until Jesus, nobody at the time had seen God. This is Jesus Himself speaking, and He says “no man hath seen God at any time”. Now, where the revelation of God is concerned, the words of Moses, Isaiah and all the prophets will be subjected to that of Jesus because as we keep studying, we will see that Jesus is the only one with the firsthand information about God, why? This is because He is the express image of the Father. Jesus says “no man hath seen God”. And if Jesus says, “no man hath seen God” and you are saying “Moses saw God” because of the Old Testament text you’ve been reading, does it mean that Jesus is lying or the bible is contradictory? Or who is getting it wrong? Is it I the reader?Or the bible that is the document? Certainly, Jesus wouldn’t have been lying or exaggerating and the bible is not wrong because it is not contradictory. So, if you are having a problem with that statement of Jesus, it reveals that you (the reader) have wrongly interpreted that scripture in yourstudy of the bible; that is, you have not read the bible the way it ought to be read.
The bible ought to be read in the light of Christ and with the understanding of the fact that the New Testament explains the Old Testament. The Old Testament on its own is a mystery and cannot be understood without the New Testament. If Jesus is saying, “no man hath seen God at any time”, what a good student of the bible should do is not to argue with Jesus. By that statement of Jesus it tells you that you have need of a proper bible interpretation ifyou would still believe that Moses or any man/prophet hath seen God. So, what a good bible student should now do instead of arguing is to go back to Exodus 20 and read from verse 1 to the end paying close attention to details and subjecting it to the New Testament where it is now revealed.
INSTRUCTION: Diligently follow the study.
PRAYER: The student attitude of paying attention to details be stirred up in me as I study through your word, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: Beyond intelligence, you need diligence in order that intelligence may be evidenced. As diligence breeds evidence to intelligence.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EXODUS CHAPTER 20; EVENING: EXODUS CHAPTER 3