6 months ago
Last edited at 7:50AM on 9/30/2013
God is a spirit and as such, we are unable to physically see Him. The bible says that all have fallen short of the glory of god. None of us is able to see Him and live because we are in a fallen state. Someday when we have our glorified bodies, THEN we will be able to see Him.
Seems pretty clear. No human has seen God in His true form. In fact it says elsewhere that any human who were to look at Gods full glory would die because the human mind couldnt deal with it. Even when He appeared to Adam He probably appeared in some other form and not in all His Glory. And even the Levite priests who had to do strict rituals to stand before God didnt get His absolute full Glory.
6 months ago
Last edited at 10:34AM on 9/30/2013
Hello. The verse is christological and thus you should read it with that hermeneutic. The patriarchs and prophets 'saw' God in a sense, but in Jesus Christ the same God is finally revealed to you as the loving and merciful God who freely saves you through the means of Word and Sacrament. :)
"God is a Spirit" and no human has ever seen him. He is a higher form of life than the physical beings who live on earth (John 4:24). Although we can't see him, we can get to know his personality by reading his word the Bible. For example, 1 John 4:8 states, "God is love." We can also get to know God by his creation. As mentioned in the Bible in Romans 1:20, "For his invisible qualities are clearly seen from the world's creation onward, because they are perceived by the things made, even his eternal power and Godship." For more information, feel free to visit www.jw.org.