Updated: Jan 22, 2022
JOHN 1: 18
"No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father's heart, who has made him known." (NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION)
Concluding John's powerful prologue, (v18), is intended to remind the reader of (Jn. 1:1). There is no way of knowing God except through Christ Jesus, the Word.
In (Ex. 33:18-23), Moses desired to see God's glory (kābôd). Moses, though, was prevented from seeing the fullness of Yahweh. We see glimpses of Yahweh's (kābôd) throughout the Old Testament. His power is reflected in creation and redemption (cf Psa. 29:1-3), His righteousness in maintaining justice (cf Psa. 115:1), and His holiness (cf Isa. 6:3).
The Word who was with God and who was God (cf Jn. 1:1) has revealed God the Father. Later in John's gospel, Jesus would say, "Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'?" (Jn. 14:9).
In John's powerful opening prologue, we learn that God is revealed in the One who is both fully human and fully Divine--Jesus. Do you want to know God? Do you want to see Him? Look to His Son.
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