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l you die if you see Go?
SUMMARY: God appears to saints and doubters. Jesus will appear again and all will see him.
If it is true that a living person who sees God will die, as some false teachers would have us believe, then consider this that Church Leader Pearls presents before you:
God’s body is of spirit substance instead of flesh and bones (John 4:24; Heb 1:3)
God dwells in infinite glory, which no man has ever seen nor can see. God out of his glory has been seen many times. When Moses asked God “show me thy glory” it could not be granted except as manifested through the back parts of God (Exodus 33: 11-33)
Moses saw God face to face (Exodus 33:11) but didn’t die.
The Lord and two angels visited Abraham (Gen 18) – they ate (verse 8), they stood, they looked, they walked. Abraham saw God face to face, but didn’t die.
Jacob wrestled with God – not a mental struggle like prayer wrestling against flesh and blood as in Eph. 6:12. With Jacob, it this was a bodily wrestling. Jacob limped after wrestling - Gen 32:21 – his hip bone was out of joint after the wrestling Gen 32:24-25. Jacob saw God face to face and his life was preserved (verse 30)
Moses and Aaron and seventy-two elders of Israel went up the mount Sinai and saw God with their eyes, and ate and drank with him (Exodus 24:11). None of them died as a result of seeing God.
Joshua saw God the captain of Israel, and Joshua worshipped him as God and called him Lord (Joshua 5:14). God told Joshua to take his shoes off as he did also to Moses in Exodus 3:4.
Gideon saw God (Judges 6:11:22-23) and was afraid that he would die. God said to Gideon, “do not fear thou shalt not die”. These are the kinds of challenges and false teachings churches face.
No man has ever seen the Father to fully comprehend and understand him, except Jesus (John 6:46). Men only see God as God allows himself or aspects of himself to be seen. No man or woman has ever died because of seeing God:-
Samson’s parents saw God (Judges 13:3-23);
David saw God (1 Chron 21:16-17):
Job saw God (Job 42:5);
Isaiah saw God and described God (Isa 6);
Amos saw the Lord (Amos 9:1)
Stephen saw God and Christ (Acts 7:55-56),
John described God (Rev 4:2-5; 5:1-7)
Israel Houghton sings:
Show me Your glory.
I want to gaze into the beauty of Your holiness.
and show me Your glory, I'm desperate to see, and
I will be still as You reveal Your glory.
There is no special blessing pronounced in those who have seen God over those who have not seen him (John 20:29). Yet, it is instructive when you study the lives of these people who saw God, like Sampson and David and John and the others named, five overall characteristic shine through-
i. They lived by the rule of God
ii. They lived a life pleasing to God
iii. They lived for the sole purpose of God
iv. They each had a heart that was fully devoted and committed to God
v. They each did everything in their lives for the sole purpose of glorifying God
Let us teach and encourage God’s children to so live, that they might wait in faith, hope and earnest desire for the revelation of the Lord Jesus. For we shall see him as he is (1 John 3:2).