“No one can see God, but Jesus Christ is exactly like him. He ranks higher than everything that has been made. Through His power all things were made – things in heaven and on earth, things seen and unseen, all powers, authorities, lords, and rulers. All things were made through Christ and for Christ. He was there before anything was made, and all things continue because of him. God was pleased for all of himself to live in Christ.” (Col. 1:15-17, 19 NCV)
We all know that we see physically because of light. But there are many areas were light can’t enter; for example in totally closed rooms. Light needs an opening to enter and some space to spread. Also, light penetrates through pellucid objects. This is how light behaves.
Now conceptualize God who lives in unapproachable light and is invisible to human eyesight. Our eyes were formed in a way to be able to see only some limited objects. Physical eyes can see only physical and material objects. But there are a large number of things which are unseen yet real. And there’s also an invisible force of darkness which is dangerously furtive and can destroy us if we are not careful.
“Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God.” (Matt. 5:8 NKJV) “Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14 ESV) The first phrase of our scripture portion from Colossians and the above two verses seem to contradict each other. But can God Invisible be seen with our naked eyes? Once the Lord God told Moses: “You cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.” (Exodus 33:20 ESV) Again we read in John 1:18, “No one has ever seen God. The only Son, who is truly God and is closest to the Father, has shown us what God is like.” (CEV) Now what about angels? Do they see God? “Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven, their angles always see the face of My Father who is in heaven.” (Matt. 18:10 NKJV)
The Bible is a concatenation of a variety of truths that very wisely connect to The Truth which is Jesus Himself. Jesus is God introducing Himself to mankind in a way humans can understand. That is why Jesus answered Philip: “He who has seen Me has seen the Father.” (John 14:9 NKJV) While He was in the world, Jesus was visible and tangible to human senses. Both His followers and foes alike were able to see and hear Him. But only those who accepted that He came from God and is equal with God could see who He really was. In short, if you believe with your whole heart that Jesus is the Son of God, God will reveal Himself to you deep within your innermost being. This is what seeing God actually means.
“No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him.” (1 John 3:6 ESV) We also understand from 1 John 4:12 & 20 that God is invisible to our physical eyes. But by His great love for us, He has made Himself known to us deep inside of us. The manifestation of the majestic mystery of God’s wholesomeness is termed as Spiritual Wisdom.
This spiritual wisdom helps us see God with our spiritual eyes. Our material surroundings may be full of barriers and unhelpful and hopeless things, but we can taste and see the goodness of God, in fact more clearly than through anything else. True light is shining and we can come to that light if we really love God with all our heart.
Next, we read: “He ranks higher than everything that has been made.” Can you guess the time when the space that exists between one end of the universe to its other end was made into being? Is it 30 billion years? Then what was there in its place before? Now some will try to make it more backwards than 30 billion and even reach to 3000 billion. But we know we can’t just go on adding backwards and backwards and never come to a starting point. The empty vacuum or gap between any two objects on earth was not existent from time eternal; it has its beginning. Likewise, we also cannot calculate when time actually started; otherwise we will keep on going backwards and backwards and fail because we can never come to the moment when time began. We all know that everything that we can know or see has its time of origin, a moment when it came into being; the same principle applies with time and space as well. Now we can understand that there was a reality when there was no space or time, and God existed in that stage of reality. This is why He is called Eternal.
“Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” (Psalm 90:2 ESV) He ranks higher than everything because He is the Creator of everything that’s real, and He has neither beginning nor end.
Now we will understand the meaning of the last phrase: “God was pleased for all of himself to live in Christ.” God’s potential and moral attributes are revealed through our Lord Jesus Christ. No two people are 100% similar. But this is not true with the Godhead. The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit – All three of them have the same power, same holiness, same glory, same wisdom, same humility, same love, same plans, and same interests. God lives in Christ; which means, the God who is not limited to time and space chose Christ as a means through which He can reveal who He really is to us, who are just humans. Christ is the visible expression of the invisible God. No wonder, Christ is truly God’s Eternal Son!