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The Daily Word of Righteousness
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. (I Timothy 3:16)
God is invisible. He hides Himself and we are commanded to seek Him. It appears most of the angels were not able to behold Him prior to His appearing in Christ.
No man can see God. Those who would enter presumptuously into the Presence of God are in danger of death, as in the case of the two sons of Aaron, and also Uzzah who sought to steady the Ark of the Covenant.
Although He remains mysterious and inaccessible, God has issued a testimony of who He is, what He is, what His will is, what His ways are, what His purpose is, what pleases Him, and what displeases Him.
We can see that this testimony, the Divine witness of God, is all-important. Apart from it, mankind is ignorant and stands in peril of being destroyed by Divine judgment and wrath.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the only true Witness of God. Christ is the Way of God. Christ is the Truth of God. Christ is the Life of God. No person can come to the Father except through the Lord Jesus Christ.
We can behold the invisible God in the Person of Christ. We can learn about God from who and what Christ is. We can learn about God from what Christ says. We can learn about God from what Christ does. What Christ is, says, and does compose the witness, the testimony, the expression, the Word of God.
No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. (John 1:18)
Christ is the Testimony, the Witness, the Word of God made flesh.
God is wrapped in mystery. He is a Spirit. He is hidden, unapproachable, impossible to comprehend. Yet God is seeking to make every creature and element of the universe an expression of Himself through Christ. It is God's will to be All in all in His creation through Christ.
And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all. (I Corinthians 15:28)
That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: (Ephesians 1:10)
God has expressed the mystery of Himself in Christ. Christ remains a Divine Mystery to the world. The world cannot see Him, hear His voice, understand His sayings, or comprehend His works.
The elect are learning to know Him, to hear His voice, to understand His sayings, and to comprehend His works.
Who [Christ] only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen. (I Timothy 6:16)
To be continued.