Viewing a Holy God

Friday, Jan. 30

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” From the time Adam and Eve sinned, God has not allowed Himself to be physically seen. The Bible says that no one can see God lest he die. Moses did get a veiled glimpse of God’s back side and was so “lit up” that the Israelites could not look on him (Exodus 33). Moses was a godly man, but he was not perfect. Only a person that is sinless is fully acceptable to a holy God. This verse in Mt. 5:8 is in that arena. Only those who are pure can see God. We only become fully pure when we get to heaven and put on an immortal body. God is good to us by not revealing His glory while we are in this life. It spares us from immediate death. Paul says in 1 Cor. 13:12: “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” Being at last fully free from sin will open up new vistas of understanding—and intimate relationship with God, being able to talk with Him face to face. What a thing to look forward to! This is the meaning of Biblical hope, beyond all we can think or imagine. Glory!

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