They saw God

road-348544_640Exodus 24:11: And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw God, and did eat and drink.

To see God is what it means to be enlightenment. The only path of self-discovery is God discovery, because being in pursuit of God causes us to realise our full potential.

In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve not only related to God but saw him (Genesis 3). God spoke to Adam about his place, his role in the pristine Garden. They were to maintain an order in creation, and to the limit that they saw God, that order will be maintained. They were meant to be representatives of God, and to the limit that they are in alignment with him, they bear his image and get to rule on earth.

The disciples saw God and did not know it when Jesus walked the earth (John 14:8-11). At the end of that time, Philips told Jesus: show us the father, and that is enough for us.

Jesus was sad, and said: “you have been with me all these while and you still ask to see the father!? Do you not know that if you see me you have seen the father?”

Jesus walked on the earth as God in the flesh (John 1:14, 17). But that thought is too lofty for mere man to consider, because that (the incarnation) was a creative act without precedent on the earth.

Because of the uniqueness of his birth, Jesus qualified to be a high priest in the order of Melchizedek. Having no father or mother, no beginning of days or end of life, he stands as a priest forever, in an unending mandate (Hebrews 7). That is why he is able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through him.

John did not mince words when introducing Jesus, declaring that he is God the word (John 1:1-5), who was in the beginning with God through whom everything was created.

But for the purpose of making salvation available or everyman, he took on the form of flesh, God the Word became flesh and dwelled among us, talking on our form so that in salvation we can take on his form; condescending to us so that we can ascend to him; manifesting as us so that we can manifest as him; changed into us so that we can change into him.

By the same spiritual portal through which he was delivered to the earth as Son of Man, we were delivered to heaven as Sons of God. He became poor so that we might become rich (2Corinthians 8:9), he became limited so that we can become unlimited, he came to the earth not only so that we can see God, but so that we can manifest his essence to others. Principalities and powers, angels get to see God in us, they gain a new perspective of God. It is written: the church displays to the principalities and powers the manifold wisdom of God (Ephesians 3:10). They get to see different lights of God through us. They get lectured about God through us.

He created man and put him in the Garden of Eden so that he can bear the image of God, manifest his essence. The ultimate expression of the work of salvation is for people to see Jesus in us, as we are changed into who he is (Ephesians 4).

Jesus lived his life seeing God. That was the key to his success because seeing God is linked to getting direction from him (John 5:19). When Moses saw God in the burning bush it was time for him to be the deliverer he was born to be (Exodus 3). When Jesus saw the Holy Spirit descending on him after he was baptised by immersion by John, it was the beginning of a new day for him (Luke 3:21-23).

Paul saw Jesus in a revelation (Acts 9), while he was on the way to Damascus. Before then he pursued a different vision for his life. He thought he was doing the right thing, but when he saw a bright light and heard the voice of Jesus, he submitted to the Lordship of Jesus, realising the errors of his ways. His direction changed.

Seeing God causes us to go in the right direction. We are told to summit ourselves under the mighty hand of God, and in due season he will lift us up (1Peter 5:6). Going up is the right direction. Submitting to him is about obedience. It is about being changed from glory to glory as we behold the Lord. It is about liberty in his presence, and it is about reflecting his light, conveying his power.

Habakkuk wanted to take time out and see God because he felt that the conclusion he came to about the situation around him needed to change. So he said: I will stand upon my watch to see what God will say to me (Habakkuk 2:1), and his life was changed after that. To see God therefore is to have a life-changing encounter with him.

When Job saw God he knew that his previous experiences of him was just by the hearing of the ears. We need to have such an evolving experience of God, in which we see him, more and more, drawing closer to him as he draws closer to us (James 4:8).

To see God is to experience him for who he is. And real change comes when we see God, being the ultimate aim of prayer. Prayer should not just be about getting things from him. When we see him, his image becomes more and more manifest in our lives.

To look at God means to have expectation of him. The bible says of some people, they looked unto him (God) and their face was enlightened and they were not put to shame (Psalm 34:5). Blind Bartimaeus though without physical eyes saw spiritually (Mark 10:46-52). He saw Jesus as the solution to his blindness and shouted at the top of his voice: Jesus son of David have mercy on me.

It was obvious that He saw Jesus with the eyes of faith because when he met Jesus and he asked him: what do you want, and he said to be able to see, Jesus said: let it be to you according to your faith.

The woman with the issue of blood also saw Jesus with the eyes of faith (Luke 8:43-48). She said in her heart long before he met Jesus that she will be healed when she touches the helm of his garment, and that was what happened. She touched Jesus, having seen him in her heart as healer and she was healed. Jesus equally told her: your faith has made you whole.

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