Have You Ever Seen God?


Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. In this way the love of God is revealed to us: God sent His only Son into the world so that we might have life through Him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as expiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another. No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and His love is brought to perfection in us.    I John 4: 7-12

No one has ever seen God? Wasn’t John just telling us that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh? That He is the only begotten of the Father? What is he saying,”No one has ever seen God”?

In Jesus, God took upon Himself humanity. We saw Him like us, but His Being was still unseen.

This is the idea behind St. John’s definition of God: God is love (4:16). Love doesn’t have a body, but it can be seen. It’s seen in what is done. God’s love for us was seen by what Christ did for us on the cross. And that same love has cotinued, to this day, through the sending of His Holy Spirit to lead and guide His Church and His disciples.

So, yes. We can say that we’ve seen God, if we recognize God’s love at work in others. Since we are made in God’s image and likeness, once we’ve recieved His Spirit through baptism (the sign of the New Covenant) we are capable of seeing God in this way. As we love one another, we are assured that God remains in us.

If we are truly born from above by the Spirit of God, then we will truly love as He loves. It may be difficult sometimes, but through God, all things are possible (Matt. 19:26).

So this week, let us see God in one another. Maybe this will help us to act in love toward one another.

Amen.

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2 Responses

  1. Another great post, Tim!

  2. Thank you, Amber. Your comments mean alot to me, because I know that you know your faith. Our journeys have been similar and led us to the same destination. May God continue to bless you and your family on this great adventure.

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