Because they cannot see God, many people believe He is just a mythical figure.
In fact, this is one of the primary reasons people give for not believing in God. How can I believe in something that I cannot see they ask?
It is true, that we cannot see God physically.
However, at one time, He did make Himself known to mankind in the form of Jesus Christ.
The word incarnate means “embodied in flesh or human form.” Incarnation is a Christian belief that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh and one third of the Holy Trinity, which is completely God.
Romans 8:3 ISV
3 For what the Law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the flesh, God did. By sending his own Son in the form of humanity,[a] he condemned sin by being incarnate,
Romans 8:3 NIV
3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,[a] God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.[b] And so he condemned sin in the flesh,
1 Timothy 3:16 KJV
16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
Colossians 2:9 NIV
9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form,
John 14:8-10 NIV
8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.
There is nothing mysterious or unbelievable about God being whoever or whatever He should choose to be. He created ALL things and can be ALL things.
At an earlier time, God also appeared to Abraham in the form of a man.
John 8:56 NIV
56 Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.”
John 8:56 AMP
56 Your father Abraham [greatly] rejoiced to see My day (My incarnation). [a]He saw it and was delighted.”
As creator, our all-powerful God could present Himself in any form He chooses.
However, we don’t have to see Him in a physical form to know that He exists.
The truth of the matter is that God is in ALL things. When we look around us, if we WANT to see God, we WILL see Him. He created all things, is in all things and we can see Him in all things.
Those that say they cannot see Him are either not looking for Him or simply denying Him. Either way, it is foolishness and they are without excuse.
Paul tells us this in the book of Romans;
Romans 1:19-20 NIV
19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
Let us reiterate the most important point of this lesson.
IF you want to see God, you will see Him. He is all around us and in all things.
IF you don’t want to see God and this is your excuse for not believing in Him, you will not see Him.
However, we must be perfectly clear about the consequences.
Paul tells us that no matter the reason that you do not see God and His invisible qualities, you are without excuse.
Please let this sink in.
When you stand before God, having denied Him and His son during your life, you won’t be able to say “but, I couldn’t see you.”
You will be without excuse.
Psalm 19:1-4 NIV
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice[b] goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.