Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Thought for the week

This morning over a cup of tea we had a stimulating discussion on whether anyone has ever seen God the Father. Throughout the OT God appears to people with promises and commissions (even if they then think they will die - Judges 13:22).

However, John 1:18 states 'No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known'. So presumably no-one has ever seen God the Father, but people have seen God the Son, Jesus.

Some have suggested that throughout the bible, whenever God in person is revealed (Moses seeing God's back, Jacob wrestling) it is always either the Preincarnate Jesus, the incarnate Jesus or the risen-exalted Jesus. No-one will physically see God the Father until we get to heaven - Jesus has always been and will be our mediator (1Ti 2:5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus).

So my question is, what do you think? Is this taking the economy of the Trinity too far? Do we need to be this dogmatic on how the Father, Son & Holy Spirit interact with us?

1 comment:

Richard Walker said...

If the Trinity is what makes Christianity distinct from all other religions and worldviews on the planet, (and I would argue it is, for even the concept of "justification by faith" appears elsewhere), then the question of who God (the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) is (are) and how he (they) operate(s) in all of history is the most fundamental question.

So long as when we finish discussing, we find ourselves worshiping and obeying in awe then I don't think we can take it too far at all. ;o)