“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: No man had seen God at any time, but in Jesus we see God.
Let us begin by stating clearly here that the bible does not contradict itself. Wherever there is a seeming contradiction, the contradiction is not in the bible itself but in the mind of the reader. Now in our key text above, we saw that the word “no man” from its Greek origin implies no one; nobody, not even one. Meaning, until Jesus, nobody at any time had seen God. Now observe the phrase “in the bosom of”. It is a phrase that was used in the account of Abraham and Lazarus in Luke 16 which reads “And it came to pass that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; and in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime recievedst thy good things and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented” (22-25). Notice closely from the above texts that Lazarus was said to be in Abraham’s bosom, yet it was Abraham that did all the talking with the rich man. Even when Lazarus was mentioned by the rich man, it was for Abraham to send him to do what he requested. Hence, the phrase “in the bosom of” implies that they (Abraham and Lazarus) are together. The word (“bosom” which is the Greek word “Kolpos”) means “to see someone through another”. The implication of that term “kolpos” is that it is in Jesus that we see God. No man hath seen God, but in Jesus we see God.
Man sought/searched for God but could not find God out, but God Himself does the work of revealing Himself or making Himself known in Christ. Thus, in Christ, God has made Himself known. We see God in Jesus. Notice, when John in our key text said, “No man hath seen God at any time”, John had earlier mentioned Moses in verse 17, “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:17). This implies that the phrase “no man, nobody, not even one” includes Moses, all the prophets (Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Jeremiah, etc.) Now, let’s approach Moses and through analysing Moses we will be equipped with some essential details in the operations of the Old Testament. And this understanding will guide your study of the Old Testament books. If Jesus says “no man hath seen God at any time”. The question now is:
- Did Moses actually see God?
- What or who were the prophets in the Old Testament now seeing or relating with in their different encounters? We will painstakingly clarify the above question. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Be rooted in God’s word.
PRAYER: The knowledge of God’s word grows big on my inside, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: Until Jesus, nobody at any time had seen God.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 5; EVENING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 6