How Does God Reveal Himself To Us?

by Dr. Michael L. Williams · Print Print · Email Email

Many times when having conversations with non-believers they will say that Christians are deluded into believing in something that they cannot see. Likewise, as part of the same conversation, non-believers will often ask in a sarcastic way, “Have you seen God?” For most believers, the comment often leaves them standing there without an answer and the non-believer is left feeling they have won the argument. For this reason it is important to know the how to answer how does God reveal Himself to us?

Can man see God?

In Exodus 33:12-23 we read the account of when Moses asked God if he could see God’s glory. In verses 12-17, Moses discusses how he has done what God wants him to do and God assures Moses that His presence shall go with Moses and give Him rest. In Exodus 33:1, Moses states clearly, “I beseech the, show me thy glory.” God responds with the following:

And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. (Exodus 33:19-20)

How Does God Reveal Himself To Us

It is clear from this passage that man cannot see the face of God and live. Likewise, John 1:18 says, “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” This is further evidenced by what God said to Moses when Moses asked to see God’s glory as follows:

And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen. (Exodus 33:21-23)

However, in Exodus 33:11, the Bible says: “And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend…” Some will say this is a contradiction in the Bible or use this verse to claim we can see God. The words “face to face” do not mean that Moses could see God’s face. They mean that Moses was talking to God in person.

There is a reason that we cannot see God’s face. It is because we are not yet in a perfected state as we will be when we die or if the resurrection occurs if we have trusted Christ as our Savior (1 Corinthians 15:39-55; Thessalonians 4:13-18). As long as we are in our earthly bodies, we cannot be in the direct presence of God such that we can see His face (2 Corinthians 5:1-8; Revelation 22:4). Until then no one can see His face (Luke 8:10; Revelation 20:11; John 1:18; John 5:37). However, God promises that believers will see his face (Matthew 5:8; Luke 3:6; John 3:3)

How does God reveal Himself?

If we cannot see the face of God, how can we be assured of His presence? How does He reveal Himself? We see God and He is revealed to us as follows:

– We see God revealed first in the person of Jesus Christ: (Matthew 11:1-6; John 1:18; John 5:19-21; John 9:4; John 10:25; John 14:5-11; John 15:26; 1 John 3:3; 1 John 5:7)

– We see God revealed in His works, which are the evidence of His existence (Psalms 40:1-5; Psalms 66:5-6; Psalms 111:6; Isaiah 52:10; Luke 3:6; Romans 1:18-20; Hebrews 11:1)

– We see God revealed in the good works of His believers who have trusted in Christ (Psalms 9:1; Jonah 3:5-10; Matthew 5:6; John 5:20; John 6:28-29; Acts 26:20; Galatians 5:22-26; Ephesians 2:10; 1 Timothy 2:9-10; 2 Timothy 3:17; James 2:14-26; 1 Peter 2:12)

– We see God revealed in His Word and through the leading and directing of the Holy Spirit (Psalms 23:3; Ezekiel 12:25; John 14:26; 2 Corinthians 2:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 1 Thessalonian 1:5. 1 Thessalonians 2:13). When He speaks to us through the Holy Spirit, it is not in a loud audible voice, it is in a small voice that brings Bible passages, thoughts, and ideas to us (1 King 19:1-12; Isaiah 55:6-13; Revelation 5-6).

– We see God revealed in the events that we see, hear, and experience. However, in order for us to be able to see God when He reveals Himself to us, we must believe that He is and is a rewarder to those who diligently seek Him (John 11:39-45; John 20:27-31; Hebrews 11:6).

Those who do not believe that God is and a is rewarder to those who diligently seek Him, He blinds so that they cannot see Him nor His revelation to their own destruction (Deuteronomy 28:15-29; Matthew 15:10-14; John 12:37-41; Romans 11:7; Romans 11:25; 2 Corinthians 3:12-16; Ephesians 4:17-19; 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12; 2 Peter 1:5-9; 1 John 2:8-11). So, for the non-believer who asks us if we have seen God, we can say not directly, but we see the evidence of Him, which He reveals to those who believe that He is and diligently seek Him. This answer will provide an opening to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Conclusion

Man cannot see God in his current state as a human that has not attained perfection such that he can stand before God without perishing. Although this does not take place until the believer dies or is raptured so that he is absent from he body, and present with the Lord; the believer can see how God reveals Himself. He sees God’s revelation though His Son Jesus, God’s works, and the good works of His believers. God also reveals Himself through His Word and the leading and directing of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit reveals God through our experiences, Bible passages, thoughts, and ideas that come to mind in certain situations. However, for anyone to see God’s revelation, they must be a believer and diligently seek God.

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Resources – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, King James Version

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Tynesha February 19, 2015 at 3:53 pm

This was wonderful! Thank you!

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Dr. Michael Williams February 20, 2015 at 11:27 pm

Praise God Tynesha. Blessings

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DocReits February 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Appreciate the message Dr. Williams,

I love Ray Comfort’s street preaching method, when confronted by those who claim they cannot believe in a god they cannot see.

Ray asks them to look at a building across the street. He asks them if they can see the builder? When the answer is “no”, he continues and asks them if they believe there was a builder. The answer is inevitably, “yes”.

He then asks, “How can you believe in a builder of a mere building before you, and not God, who built a much more complex structure, in the form of the universe, which you see all around you?”

The silence that usually follows is deafening…

I challenge your readers to watch Ray Comfort on Youtube as he open air preaches. Focus especially on his methods to awaken sinners to their position before The Righteous Judge. This has helped me immensely…

Blessings,

DocReits

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Jack Wellman February 20, 2015 at 9:15 pm

Say Doc, you are so right about Ray Comfort who uses the best and most biblical model for reaching the lost called Hells Best Kept Secret. Another thought is that the creation itself seems to declare and reveal that there is a Creator (Psalm 19:1). God’s power and His divine nature seem to demand it (Rom 1:20) so that it should be very plain to them (Rom 1:19). The creation in essence speaks about their Creator (Psalm 19:2-3) so I really believe, deep down, that they must look at the heavens and the earth and think about where everything came from. The creation is the effect and God is the cause. Aristotle didn’t believe in a personal God but he did call Him the “unmoved mover” because something must have made things go into motion so some force had to have acted upon and create matter in the first place. Even Sir Isaac Newton in his laws of motion, particularly in the First Law, reasoned that an object either remains at rest or continues to move at a constant velocity, unless acted upon by an external force. That force must have been God Himself, the first cause.

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Dr. Michael Williams February 20, 2015 at 11:24 pm

Amen to you both. Ray Comfort demonstrates how we must always be ready to give an answer for the hope that lives within us. We must take the logic of God’s Word and explain it in ways that make sense. When people see the common sense of what the Bible teaches, it makes sense to them and tills the earth of their hearts to plant the seeds of truth.

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Jack Wellman February 21, 2015 at 1:03 am

Clicked “Like” if on Facebook to your comment sir! Amen…hard words soften hearts whereby soft words harden hearts!

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Glenn July 31, 2016 at 3:38 am

Hello and thanks for this awesome insight pastors

I was wanting to know if you could explain to me from this message how do you know Gods will for your life, where he wants you, or what his purpose is for you. There are times I sense such a push in the Holy Spirit atleast it seems and is almost undeniable that it’s God, but at the same time how can I distinguish wether it’s God or my own motives. This always seems to confuse me and then there are times when it seems I’m pushing Gods word through my own intentions, I don’t wanna come off as a false prophet or boast by any means.

Also there are times I get excited to spread the good news, but when I’m in the midst of people I close up because of my social anxiety and PTSD , I then get overwhelmed and nervous about how to approach someone. Before I go out I have been asking the Holy Spirit to guide me and prepare hearts to receive while putting on the Armor of God to protect against the enemy, but once I step out I start to doubt and get nervous, how can I get past this and have courage in the Holy Spirit to overcome this fleshy weakness. It really bothers me cause I constantly feel compelled to share the Gospel through my walk, there are times I feel like even just throwing myself out there on Faith without worries and just speak Jesus even if I stumble my words. I certainly have the love and heart for it but it’s my words and actions that trip me up or make me unconfident. The only other avenue I have to spread the Good news is through my artwork and creativity which I have done, but I’m not sure if I was spiritually drawn to do it or it came by my own desire even after praying. Plus I don’t know if it reaches others accept fellow believers, but isn’t it just about planting a seed and letting God work.

Anyways sorry for the length and Thanks in advance for any enlightenment, scriptures ect. what ever you can offer would be greatly appreciated. I continue and strive to get deeply rooted into the word and seek the Kingdom of God diligently more so recently then ever ,I’m gonna look up Ray Comfort too

God Bless this site

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