July 9

What Does God Look Like?


What does the Bible say about God’s appearance? Did He appear in the Bible? Are artists’ drawings correct?


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    • Hi Suse,
      Well according to John 4:24, God’s countenance is not like anything we can describe. Exodus 33:20 tells us, “But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.” As sinful human beings, we are incapable of even seeing God in all His glory and living. His appearance is utterly unimaginable and too glorious to be safely perceived by sinful man.
      The Bible does however tell us of God appearing to people on various occasions. Tough these appearances should not be understood as describing exactly what God looks like, but rather as God revealing Himself to us in a way that we can understand. Two passages that powerfully describe God’s appearance are Ezekiel 1:26-28 and Revelation 1:14-16.
      These passages represent Ezekiel’s and John’s best attempts at describing the glory of God that they witnessed. They had to use symbolic language and similes to describe that for which human language has no words, i.e., “what appeared like,” “like the appearance,” “he looked like,” etc. We do know that when we are in heaven, “we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:3). Sin will be no more, and we will be able to perceive God in all His glory.
      Does this help you?

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