What Does God Look Like?

We tend to picture God as a bearded old man. I tend to think of His glory being so bright that it fills the room despite Him being invisible. What’s He look like, and what is He? We’ll look at that this month.

What does God look like?

God is a spirit (John 4:24). He is at every point of space (Psalm 139:7-10), and cannot be contained (1 Kings 8:27). God isn’t just hanging around in Heaven.

Why did God forbid any image to be made of Him (Exodus 20:4-6)?

Because there is nothing that compares to Him. Any image limits and dishonors Him. Making an image, and our tendency to focus on an image rather than the reality.

Think of it this way: you have a picture of a loved one, and the loved one there with you. Yet you give all your attention to a lifeless two-dimensional picture rather than the actual person. They deserve the attention.

What comes from this?

Jealousy.

God’s jealousy comes from when His honor is diminished (Exodus 4:23-24) when He’s not given what He deserves.

What’s God’s attribute of spirituality?

God’s spirituality means that God exists as a being that isn’t made of any matter, has no parts or dimensions, is unable to be perceived by our bodily senses, and is more excellent than any other kind of existence.

Do we have spirits?

We have spirits to worship God (John 4:24; 1 Corinthians 14:14; Philippians 3:3), in which we are united with the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17). The Holy Spirit joins with ours to bear witness to our adoption into God’s family (Romans 8:16).

Our spirits are what passes into the Lord’s Presence when we die (Luke 23:46; Ecclesiastes 12:7; Hebrews 12:23).



Doctrine of the Bible Posts
How Did We Get The Bible?
Is The Bible The Word of God and Does It Matter?
Is The Bible Inerrant?
Is The Bible Necessary?
Is The Bible Sufficient?

Doctrine of God Posts
Is There A God? 
How Can We Know God?
What Is God Like?
Does God Depend On or Need Anything To Exist?
Does God Change?

How Can God Be Both Infinite and Personal?

How Does God Relate To Time? 

Is God Everywhere?

Can God Be Complex and Simple At The Same Time?

 

Sources
Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine by Wayne Grudem
Chapter 12: The Character of God; “Communicable” Attributes of God Part 1

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