Has anyone SEEN God?
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Question: Has anyone ever SEEN God face to face? The Old Testament states Jacob, Moses, Job and others did. On the other hand, Jesus said no one has seen him. Is this a contradiction?
Answer: The quick answer is NO, there is no contradiction of the scriptures. That said, SEVERAL have seen God, the Son. The apparent contradiction is one brought about by a misunderstanding of what is called the Godhead. The easiest route to understanding this sometimes difficult to comprehend subject is to review the scriptures below.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (John 1:1 - 3)
As the context shows, John is speaking of Jesus who was with the Father at the beginning and who, Himself, WAS God.
Moses asked God to tell him His name so that he could tell the enslaved Israelites in Egypt who it was that sent him to them. The answer to his request was the following.
14 God said, 'I am who I am. You must tell them: 'The one who is called I AM has sent me to you.' (Exodus 3:14)
Later, when Jesus was on this earth living as a man, He told those He was speaking directly to that He was, indeed, the "I AM." Jesus, speaking to the religious leaders of Israel who thought highly of themselves because they had Abraham as their father, told them that "before Abraham was born, I AM!" (John 8:58).
Why did Roman soldiers fall BACKWARDS?
Let me digress a moment from answering your question to offer something to consider. John 18 contains the record of Jesus being arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane. A group of religious leaders, troops, and others, led by Judas, come to the Garden to arrest Christ. Upon their arrival they are asked whom they are looking for (John 18:4). They respond they are looking for Jesus. Christ's answer and what happens next, overlooked by many, is rather dramatic and revealing.