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A Special Relationship


"No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only He has seen the Father" (Jn.6:46).

Today's verse is not the first time that Jesus has made this wonderful claim of deity in His relationship to God. Earlier in the gospel of John He said this: "No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father's side, has made Him known" (1:18). Now I know that we have references in the Old Testament about people having seen God.... There's Abraham (Gen.1:17).... Isaac and Jacob (Ex.6:3)... Moses (Num.12:8, Deut.34:10).... As Jesus makes His special claim to deity, seeing God is one of His absolute truths. It gives Him a uniqueness that is applicable to only one being that has ever existed on the earth.... HIM! So we all might ask what Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses actually saw... What about that burning bush, pillar of fire, or cloud of smoke.... If they did not see God, just what did they see? I believe that the pillar of fire (Ex.13:21) was a visible symbol of God's presence designed to give them confidence, just as speaking from the pillar was. What they were allowed to see were representations of God. This is the only way to explain Jesus' claims of being the only one who had ever seen the Lord. In this special claim, Jesus is truly the only one who can explain God and His magnificence to us. This statement of having seen God is unique to Him, and Him alone. It is another fantastic proof that Jesus is the one and only one to follow, because He is the only one that can lead us to God. What a wonderful declaration we have here of the deity of Jesus Christ. In this He can qualify as our Savior, Redeemer, Intercessor, and Brother.... I feel so special when I think about how wonderful Jesus is. How about you?

Have a wonderful day... Do good... Give Him the glory... Love mark Phil.4:11

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