How to See God

David Bast

Read: Colossians 1:15-20

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. (Matt. 5:8)

How can we see someone who can’t be seen? That is what the Bible says about God—that he can’t be seen. God “dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see” (1 Tim. 6:16). But the Bible also says that this invisible God has made himself visible by becoming a real, flesh-and-blood human being, Jesus, in whom “all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell” (Col. 1:19). So Jesus could tell his disciples, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).

Why is it then that so many can look at Jesus and not see God? All they see is a human teacher or prophet. Maybe the problem is with us, not him. It’s not that God is not there to be seen in Jesus; it’s that we fail to recognize him because our hearts are not pure. If we want to see God in the face of Jesus Christ, and to live in the very presence of the triune God someday, we need to change and become pure within.

In one sense this change is easy. All you have to do is believe in Christ. But that’s only the beginning. Your heart must then be purified by the power of God’s Spirit, and more often than not the way of refining is by the fire of suffering. But in the end, it’s worth it. We will see God. And what you see is also what you get! —David Bast

Prayer: “Create in me a clean heart, O God” (Ps. 51:10).