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Friday, February 10 2017
What Does God The Father Really Look Like?
"He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father ... If ye had known Me, ye should have known My Father also: and from henceforth ye know Him, and have seen Him ... Christ, who is the image of God ... the Glory of God in the Face of Jesus Christ"
God the Father is typically portrayed, or thought of, as an old man, usually with grey hair and a beard. But God is Spirit. God isn't physical. God does not age, so God, although being infinite in age, is not, and never will be, physically "old."
If you have had that mortal perception of God the Father, would you be shocked if, at the time of your resurrection (see When Will Your Resurrection Happen?), to see God the Father as a man of, say, 30 years old? And that you, as then ultimately born in the image of God (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?), will also appear as a young adult forever?
What does the Word of God actually tell us about what the Father looks like? Let's read it.
The first humans were created as young adults. The direct pattern for their young-adult appearance was "the image of God."
"1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Some may say that God is all wise, but humans tend not to "wise up" until they get old. But God isn't physical or mortal. His Wisdom is not a matter of physical age. There's no connection.
Jesus Christ was about 30 years old when He answered the question about what God the Father looks like. Although no human (other than Jesus Christ when He was one) has seen the Father ("6:46 Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father" John 6:46 KJV), He said that the Father looks like Jesus did at age 30.
"14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him." "14:8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
Notice how the apostle Paul portrayed the appearance of God the Father by means of describing the appearance of the 30 year old Messiah i.e. "Christ, who is the image of God" and "the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." Notice also in that teaching was the warning of how Satan has deceived people into perceiving the appearance of the Father in an inaccurate way: "Renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God."
"4:2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
Fact Finder: The Messiah plainly stated that no man has seen the Father. Who was "the LORD God" - Who many people did see?
This Day In History, February 10
48 BC: Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus died. He was a leader of the Optimates (an ultra-conservative senatorial aristocracy) in the last years of the Roman Republic (see The Politics Of Rome) which was followed by Imperial Rome under the "Caesars" - the first of which, Caesar Augustus, is recorded in the Bible (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire). After the powerful generals Julius Caesar (see The Cleopatra Connection and A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids), Gnaeus Pompey and Marcus Licinius Crassus formed an unofficial ruling triumvirate in 60 BC, Ahenobarbus resisted them.
1162: Baldwin III died at age 31. He was the king of the "crusader state" of Jerusalem from 1143 to 1162 (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy; listen also to out Sermon Constantine's Papacy).
1258: Huegu, a Mongol leader, seized Baghdad, bringing an end to the Abbasid caliphate.
1364: A treaty was signed which guaranteed that Tyrol would be kept in the families of the Luxemburgs and Hapsburgs.
1567: Lord Darnley, the husband of Roman Catholic Queen Mary Stuart, ("Mary, Queen of Scots") was murdered by her lover (and next husband) James Hepburn.
1720: Edmund Halley, the discover of the famous comet that was named after him, was appointed the second Astronomer Royal of England.
1763: Britain gained control of Canada from France with the signing of the Treaty of Paris. The treaty, signed between Britain, France and Spain, ended the Seven Years War, stripped France of all its possessions north of what became the United States, except for the tiny islands of St. Pierre-Miquelon off the east coast of Canada, which remain territories of France to this day. Spain won Louisiana and Havana.
1799: Napoleon Bonaparte departed Cairo, Egypt, for Syria, with a force of 13,000 men.
1814: Napoleon personally directed strikes against enemy columns advancing toward Paris, beginning with a victory over the Russians at Champaubert (see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).
1837: Alexander Pushkin, Russian poet and novelist, was killed in a duel. Regarded as Russia's greatest poet, his works included Boris Godunov.
1840: Queen Victoria of England and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg (Germany), both age 21, were married. The marriage was arranged by their uncle (Victoria and Albert were cousins) King Leopold of Belgium.
1846: British general Sir Hugh Gough decisively routed Tej Singh's Sikhs in the Battle of Sobraon.
1904: Russia and Japan declared war on each other.
1906: Britain's first modern battleship, HMS Dreadnought, was launched.
1918: Abdulhhamid II died at age 76. He was the Ottoman sultan 1876-1909 (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1936: Adolf Hitler's Gestapo ("ge-stat-po" is the German abbreviation of "the-state-police") were authorized to arrest and imprison without trial (see The Terrorist Attack That Enabled Hitler To Become A Dictator and Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1954: U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower warned against the U.S. becoming involved in the Vietnam civil war between North and South Vietnam. The armaments industries (that Eisenhower called "the military-industrial complex) nevertheless succeeded in keeping the U.S. in a state of perpetual war against and around the world.
1962: In a ceremony on a bridge between West Berlin and East Germany, Soviet spy Rudolf Abel, who had been arrested in New York, was exchanged for shot-down U.S. U-2 spy-plane pilot Francis Gary Powers and a U.S. "student" who had been held in East Germany on spying charges.
1974: British coal miners began a national strike. The dispute caused energy shortages, a 3 day work week, and the collapse of Edward Heath's Conservative government.
1986: The largest Mafia trial in history, with 474 defendants, opened in Palermo, Italy.
1991: Lithuanians voted overwhelmingly for independence from the Soviet Union. Parliament had already declared independence in March 1990.
1996: An IBM computer called Deep Blue defeated world champion Garry Kasparov, the first victory of a machine under classic tournament rules.
2009: The communication satellites Iridium 33 and Kosmos-2251 collided in Earth orbit; both were destroyed.