“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: Until the incarnation, no man, not even an angel ever saw God.
We have come to deduce from our analysis so far that under the Old Testament, the experience men had with angels were taken or seen as an experience with God. They were definitely interacting with angels. One of such encounters in the Old Testament is the account in Genesis 32, observe carefully the reading, “And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there. And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved” (Genesis 32:24-30). Jacob’s encounter (verse 24 to 29) certainly was with an angel, he however described the experience as seeing God face to face in verse 30 “…I have seen God face to face…” Thus, his interpretation of seeing an angel was seeing God. And there are a lot of these instances over and over in the Old Testament books of the bible that will not be cited here. So, in the Old Testament, seeing an angel or interacting with an angel was regarded as seeing God or interacting with God. Recall, Jesus, Stephen (in the book of Acts), and also the epistles clarified that mindset that the people had; “No man hath seen God at any time…” (John 1:18); Acts 7:38, etc.
So, the very first time God was seen both by men and angels was in the son; Christ Jesus. His revelation of Himself to man and angels was in Christ. Little wonder Paul echoed “And without controversy great is the mystery of Godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” (1Timothy 3:16). So, until the incarnation, no man, not even an angel saw God. God is seen in Christ. To know and understand the Father is to know the son. To the degree that a man understands the person of Jesus, is the degree to which he knows God. There is no revelation of the Father outside that which He revealed of Himself in the son. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Read your Old Testament with the New Testament as the foreground.
PRAYER: Thank you Father for your word revealed in and to me; I declare that I am opened up to understanding like never before, in Jesus name, Amen.
QUOTE: The Old Testament is the background of the New Testament; the New Testament is the foreground of the Old Testament.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 1; EVENING: 1TIMOTHY CHAPTER 1