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Every writer knows that the process of saying big ideas in brief, plain language is an extraordinary undertaking. But the child deserves to know the full truth and we need the ability to study the Bible and answer what God looks like.
Thus, without the revelation of God, mankind all over the world began to worship idols that were made by their own hand. There was a moon god, a sun deity, and certain trees were worshiped as gods of fertility. We recall the striking observation of John Calvin who said that our minds are a veritable idol factory. In the midst of this cauldron of image-making mania, ancient Israel was chosen to bring the message of God and his Redeemer to the ends of the earth. And so God revealed himself to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
God codified his revelation of how we are to relate to God and to each What is god look like in the Decalogue, i. Almighty God made a covenant with Abraham to bring forth the Messiah who would be a blessing to every creature on the face of the earth. He did not have a body like men. He forbade human beings from creating idols or ascribing divine attributes to inanimate objects or to human beings. God does not share his glory.
He alone is to be worshiped in spirit and in truth. And that is our next principle. We call this incarnation. Incarnation is the glorious act of Almighty God whereby he took upon the image of What is god look like without ever ceasing to be God. He came to us through the virgin birth. He was vulnerable as a little baby in a feed trough. He was given an earthly father, Joseph, who was called by God to protect Jesus. But our Lord Jesus Christ, the son of a craftsman from Nazareth, adopted into the lion of Judah, according to the patriarchal lineage of Israel deed by God, demonstrated that he was always the Almighty.
Jesus even said you want to see the father, then just look at me. So we see the Lord Jesus healing, walking on the water, being crucified, raised from the dead, ascended into heaven, and in all of these things What is god look like observe the divine nature of God at work in Christ. It was St. Paul who guided us in our understanding about the image of God:.
For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.
And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. The teaching of St. Paul systematized the revelation of God in Christ and of the ministry of Jesus in his time on earth. A distinct and undeniable component of this system of Revelation is that Jesus Christ is the image of the Godhead.
Though there have been artistic renderings of this man who came from the line of David, who came from north of Jerusalem, who was of the Semitic race, i. It is a sad commentary on the souls of unregenerate men that the very first depiction we have of Jesus is a first-century Roman graffiti sketch of a man on a cross with the head of a donkey.
Another figure, apparently a believer, is worshiping the image. No less than Tertullianthe famous church father, wrote about Roman officials and common people denigrating the person of Jesus and dehumanizing the disciples of Jesus with this graffiti art, which must have been very popular for the church father to mention it.
Will men forever stand at the cross and mock our dear Savior? Oh, we must love Him. He is not the ass of Roman graffiti. Jesus is the Lamb of God. After this mocking caricature, Jesus is depicted by believers in several narratives from Scripture.
He is drawn as the Good Shepherd, as an infant when the Magi visited, and in the healing of a paralytic. Kings and noblemen, wealthy merchants and their wives, were routinely described by the physical features. Isaiah described Him:.
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground.
He has no What is god look like or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him. He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Did Jesus look like His forefather, David? Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking.
But whatever the physical attributes of Jesus, this we know: we know He lived, He died, He rose again, He ascended, and He is coming again. Docetismarose in the Church while the Apostle John was still alive and writing. Because they felt that material matter was evil, they insisted that Jesus could not be God in the flesh. He only appeared to be human. Such an idea was soundly refuted by the Apostle John:. And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among What is god look like, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John ,14 NASB. Yet, as we have seen in our study, we are not granted a detailed description of our Lord Jesus. Just as He was born in a manger, where both shepherds and aristocracy were able to approach Him, He is also presented to you in Scripture so that all can come. We are made in the image of God. And the differential between you and all of the other living things in Creation is that you have the ability to communicate with God. God has come to you in His eternal Son, Jesus.
Jesus is the full expression of the Triune God. If you want to see God, look to Jesus. He did not leave a sketch, a painting, or a literary description of His physical features. He left His Word and His Spirit to speak to that deepest part of your life. He is available to you. Come to Him now.
And as you repent and trust in Christ alone as the resurrected and living God, you will no doubt say with the Psalmist:. Let us make sure that we go to the Holy Scriptures as the ground and the authority of anything that we will say about God and his revelation of himself to his creation. The Westminster shorter catechism, which was prepared for children to learn the What is god look like of Holy Scripture, provide us with a brief summary of what the Bible says about what God looks like as well as answering other questions about God.
Let us look at the question and the answer and note well the scriptural references that support the answer:. What is God? God is a Spirit [a], infinite [b], eternal [c], and unchangeable [d] in his being [e], wisdom [f], power [g], holiness [h], justice [i], goodness [j], and truth [k]. Are there more Gods than one? There is but one only [a], the living and true God [b]. How many persons are there in the Godhead? There are three persons in the Godhead; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost [a]; and these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory.
John ; Acts ; 1 Tim. Acts ; Heb. How did Christ, being the Son of God, become man? Christ, the Son of God became man, by taking to himself a true body, and a reasonable soul [a], being conceived by the power of the Holy Ghost, in the womb of the virgin Mary, and born of her [b] yet without sin [c].
Luke31, 35 [c]. Now, I admit that is a ificant gathering of Scripture. But I think you will see that the genius of a confessional Christianity is that we can stand on the shoulders What is god look like giants who have asked the question and answered it, through years of study and amidst a plurality of ministers and scholars, and even different branches of the Christian faith. From this compendium of Scripture, we can answer the question about what God looks like with three powerful principles. What does God look like? Perhaps, following the psalmist, we turn to poetry and hymnody to answer.
When you know your sins are forgiven, and the God of all Creation is your own Father, God looks like the One you have been desiring all of your life. Then, as you receive Him by faith, you sing with successive generations of Christians.
Fairest Lord Jesus. Beautiful Savior!
Lord of all the nations! What is god look like of God and Son of Man! Glory and honor, praise, adoration, now and forevermore be thine. Notes: 1. See, e. Bromiley, and T. Torrance, Church Dogmatics London: T. Clark International, Whatever else they may be, it is only in this differentiation and relationship. This is the particular dignity ascribed to the sex relationship.
It is wholly creaturely, and common to man and beast. Barth, Karl, G. Church Dogmatics. London: T. Clark International, Goldstein, Ronnie, and Guy G Stroumsa. Accessed August 24, MacDonald, James M. Life and Writings of St. New York: Scribners, Niang, A. Pickwick Publications, Slick, Matt. Graffiti Del Palatino: Paedagogium. Institutum Romanum Finlandiae, Taylor, Joan E. What Did Jesus Look Like? Edinburgh: T and T Clark, Martyrdom of St.What is god look like
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