5. Has anybody ever seen God?



Nobody has ever seen God, for the apostle Paul says that “no man hath seen, nor can see” God (1 Timothy 6:16). John confirms this by saying: “No man hath seen God at any time” (John 1:18 – See also 1 John 4:12). No one may see God and live, because God said to Moses when he asked God to show him His glory: “I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen” (Exodus 33:19-23).

Only Jesus has seen God the Father, for on one occasion He said to the Jews: “Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father” (John 6:46). However, from some other words spoken by Jesus we learn that the angels also have seen and see God. Here is what Jesus said: “Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 18:10).