No one has seen God at any any time. (1 John 4:12). No one.
God even instructed Moses to hide his face in the cleft of the rock, because God knew Moses could only handle a brief glimpse of the glory of the Lord passing by. (Ex 33:19-23)
God is so absolutely HOLY that no human eye can see His face and live (Ex 33:20).
Yet, it is God’s desire to reveal Himself to us.
One of the ways He does this is by allowing us to see His abiding presence in those who have been cleansed by the blood of the sinless Lamb.
As we abide in Him, and He in us, His presence is evident.
Honestly, have you noticed sometimes you can be around a complete stranger and find yourself drawn to Jesus in them?
I have wondered for years if there is a supernatural radar that picks up on the Jesus in each other. Anybody else ever thought this?
I admit, I’ve caught myself awkwardly staring at someone in an elevator or store just waiting for them to say something to confirm my suspicions that they are a Christian too. (I know, I’m a little weird.) 😳
But you know , we really are to be the image bearers of Christ. When others look at us there should be evidences of Christ living inside of us.
His presence should impact everything about us, from how we talk, where we go, what we do, how we dress, and on and on.
Our lives, and how we conduct ourselves, are to reflect Him and draw others to Him (not to us).
This is one reason I know I shouldn’t wear that low cut top, or use that word, or attend that movie. It isn’t that I’m being legalistic, it’s that I know these things don’t bring glory to Jesus.
Paul told us, “All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor. (1 Cor 10:23-24) and so, we have to learn to filter our freedoms by how those choices impact others and their ability to see Christ in us.
It’s all just part of being an image bearer of the One who loves us and saved us, the One we follow and want others to come to know.