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THE FACE OF GOD

SEEING THE FACE OF GOD

Christianity Oasis Ministry has provided you with this The Face of God Bible study on seeing the Face of God. We will look into that and all aspects of the Christian Walk. This SON-derful study will reveal truth bringing forth understanding and peace within.



THE FACE OF GOD
SEEING THE FACE OF GOD

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THE FACE OF GOD BIBLE STUDY
SEEING THE FACE OF GOD SCRIPTURE

Let us begin, shall we? There are those that have found what they deem as a CON-tradiction in the Bible about whether or not people have seen the Face of God. If you will read carefully what I am about to share, you will find TRUTH. But, one must choose to put aside the carnal view of the world as to be able to SEE ...

Most people who read the Bible, read one Scripture, interpret it with their human understanding and then step away and tell others what they believe, which causes debate and division amongst Christians. This has many become lost and confused when it comes to the Word of God.

To discern TRUTH from the Bible, one needs to follow three simple steps.

PRAY FOR DISCERNMENT
OBTAIN ALL SCRIPTURE ON THE TOPIC
SCRIPTURES MUST BE HARMONY

With this in mind and heart, let us proceed with the Seeing the Face of God study ...
On the topic of mankind having ever seen the Face of God Ö Some like to point to the scripture that our Lord Jesus spoke on this matter:

John 1:18
No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

John also reveals this.

1 John 4:12
No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

So it seems simple enough huh?

Now we can go out and show this ONE Scripture to every soul that we encounter cuz we read it in the BIBLE.

Hold your horses there speedy Gonzales ...

There are other Scriptures that reveal what APPEARS to be a CON-tradiction ...

Exodus 33:11
And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.


THE FACE OF GOD WARNING
SEEING THE FACE OF GOD DANGER

Uh ohhhhhhhhhh

Face to Face?

We will discover that this is a figure of speech in this verse meaning He talked with God Face to Face but did NOT see His Face.

Exodus 33:20-23
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.

Cool ...

But what about this one?

Genesis 32:30
Jacob named the place Peniel (which means "Face of God"), for he said,
"I have seen God Face to Face, yet my life has been spared."

Well now Ö It APPEARS that we have a CON-tradiction. At least from a carnal way of looking at the Word. However, let us follow our three simple steps. PRAY to understand the TRUTH of what is about to be shared. Let us look at ALL Scripture on the matter and find harmony.

To begin, letís look at the WHOLE scripture that made Jacob make such a claim:

Genesis 32:24-38
And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a
MAN with him until the breaking of the day. And when he (the man) saw that he (the man) prevailed not against him (Jacob), he (the man) touched the hollow of his (Jacobís) thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he (the man) said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he (Jacob) said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. And he (the man) said unto him (Jacob), What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he (The man) said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he (the man) said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he (the man) blessed him (Jacob) there. And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God Face to Face, and my life is preserved.


CAN WE SEE THE FACE OF GOD
SEEING THE FACE OF GOD MYSTERY

Okie dokie ... We have Jacob wrestling with a MAN and when it is all said and done, Jacob says that He saw God Face to Face.

Is Jacob no good at math?

Is Jacob lying?

NO ... Jacob is speaking TRUTH.

He DID see God Face to Face.

Still CON-fused? Fear not. You will not be.
Just continue down the path of TRUTH with me.

Abraham also had a visit from the Lord.
He actually had dinner with Him which means he too saw His Face.

Genesis 18:1-33
And
the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, And said, My LORD, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant: Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree: And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said. And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth. And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetcht a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it. And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat. And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent. And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old? Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son. Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh. And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way. And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him. And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know. And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD. And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes. And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the LORD, which am but dust and ashes: Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it. And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for forty's sake. And he said unto him, Oh let not the LORD be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there. And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the LORD: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty's sake. And he said, Oh let not the LORD be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake. And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.


THE FACE OF GOD UNDERSTANDING
SEEING THE FACE OF GOD DEBATE

Now, lookie here ... We have Abraham kicking it with God ... FACE TO FACE.

But did ya notice just like with Jacob ... The Bible calls them three entities ... MEN.

In fact if you read the next chapter, Genesis, Chapter 19 ...

You will find that the two other "men" were angels which were sent to Sodom and Gomorrah.

Now we have both Jacob and Abraham which appear to have seen God ... Face to Face.

But wait .... remember that Our LORD Jesus said:

John 1:18
No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him.

Do we believe the stories about Jacob and Abraham or do we believe the Word of JESUS. Many would find comfort in those words and say WE ARE TO BELIEVE JESUS and set forth to debate and divide the body of Christ based on what APPEARS to be a logical CON-clusion.

WE ARE NOT COMPLETED OUR SEARCH FOR TRUTH AS WE LACK HARMONY.


THE FACE OF GOD PEACE
SEEING THE FACE OF GOD HARMONY

Come with me and I will show you how our Lord Jesus will bring peace to your mind and heart by revealing the HARMONY of TRUTH.

John 8:56-58
Your father
Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

IT WAS AND IT WAS NOT GOD THAT VISITED ABRAHAM ...
IT WAS JESUS AND JESUS AND GOD ARE ONE.

Jesus is the representation of GOD in the flesh

So, they DID see God Face to Face ... But, as Jesus pointed out ...
It was JESUS, not GOD who they had seen.

Understanding that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are one and the same, yet three different parts, is ESSENTIAL !!!

1 John 5:7
For there are three that bear record in Heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and
these three are one.

So,we have 3 distinct entities yet the 3 ARE 1 ... Failure to comprehend the DEPTHS of this TRUTH have caused many to doubt, debate and divide ... Let's take a look at a couple of scriptures:

Anytime God is manifested to us by VOICE, it is the Word of God. The Bible is the Word of God, and Jesus is the Word of God.

John 1:1-3
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made.

Now, let's substitute the words "the Word" with "Jesus" and see if it makes more sense to you.

In the beginning was Jesus, and Jesus was with God, and Jesus was God. The same (Jesus) was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made.

Jesus testified that He was there in the beginning with God:

John 17:5
And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee
before the world was.


THE FACE OF GOD SUMMARY
SEEING THE FACE OF GOD CONCLUSION

It is really easy to see if ya take off the carnal man and put on the SPIRITUAL man ...

Paul explains it well ...

2 Corinthians 4:6
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of
the glory of God in the FACE of Jesus Christ.

In short ... There is no contradiction ... Jesus is the Face of GOD.
Therefore Jacob did see the Face of God in the flesh.
JESUS

This makes what Jesus said in HARMONY with what Jacob said:

John 1:18
No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, HE HATH DECLARED HIM.

Did you HEAR Jesus? He answered the question from the beginning.
He said that the SON OF GOD HATH DECLARED GOD. REPRESENTED HIM IN WORD AND FLESH.

To understand the Spiritual depths of God's Word.
One needs only follow the three simple steps ...

PRAY FOR DISCERNMENT
OBTAIN ALL SCRIPTURE ON TOPIC
SCRIPTURES MUST BE HARMONY

Now, some may be saying ... WOW, I would have to read the entire Bible to know all the Scriptures that are necessary for me to be able to share TRUTH when someone is asking about God's Word.

I say to you ...
AMEN

There is but ONE exception ...
God revealing it to your heart by way of the Holy Spirit.

Luke 12:12
For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.

This is being a modern day prophet. But even a prophet should know every Word that hath proceeded out of the mouth of God in the Bible, to know JESUS ...

Cuz Jesus IS the WORD of God.

To those who can listen, HEAR what the Spirit is saying unto His children.


OUR SEEING THE FACE OF GOD BIBLE STUDY REVEALS THAT SOME WHO BELIEVED THEY SAW GOD ...
SAW JESUS WHO IS THE PHYSICAL PRESENCE OF GOD


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