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What does God look like?
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
Category: Bible related
The Bible says in John 4:24, that ‘God is Spirit’. We know that God is described in many passages in anthropomorphic terms (the attribution of human form or behavior). For example: ‘Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor His ear too dull to hear’ (Isaiah 59:1).
No one has ever seen God. In Deuteronomy 4:12 and Exodus 33: 20 God says to Moses, ‘you cannot see My face, for no one may see Me and live’. Elijah was also not allowed to see the Lord (1 Kings 19:11-13). But the miracle is that at the end of time, when God is with His beloved children, those saved by grace and mercy through the blood of the Lamb, ‘they will see His face’ (Revelation 22:4).
Now the big question is: What will God look like? Will He look like a human being? Of course we do not know exactly what human beings will look like at that time. The Bible explains that those who are children of God will have resurrected bodies (the chapter on the Resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15 is excellent). It says in 1 John 3:2 that ‘we will be like Jesus because we will see Him as He is’. Jesus ascended as a man into heaven (Acts 1:9), and nowhere is it mentioned that He changed into some other form (Philippians 2:7) or became a spirit. We also know that God made man in His image (Genesis 1:26). Does it mean only spiritually? Is man only like God in his ability to create, to think, to reason, to plan, to make decisions, et cetera?
The following is a possible hypothesis: God made the heavens and the earth, because He wanted physical sons with a physical dwelling place. If He wanted everything to remain spiritual and invisible, there would have been no sense in creating a physical universe. Did He not therefore make man (physically) like Himself also? Jesus as a man went back to His Father and remained in His resurrected body. At the Second Coming Jesus is described with human features like eyes, a mouth, a thigh (Revelation 19:11-16).
God is now on earth as the Holy Spirit, so as to be omnipresent. But we will see God’s face one day, and that face might just be very familiar. In his Word he used the analogy of the family, and a father and his children have similar features. For now we don’t know, but the time will come when we will know, and rejoice.