No Man Can See God And Live Meaning KJV | Bible Answer!

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The Bible mentions some very interesting stuff about the face of God in reference to man. Moses was told that he could not see God’s face because no man shall see Him and live.

No man can see the face of God and live means that the moment a person sees Jesus for who He is, and is saved by Him, is the exact moment the old man they used to be dies! Jesus is the face of God which is the manifest image of the invisible God. Knowing this the old man thinks carnally, is enmity towards God, and can never see nor understand the things of God. However, this man has a measure of faith & is appointed to die. When that faith is used to call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and follow Him they become born again and the old man passes away. They now become a new man in Christ with a pure heart and the pure in heart shall see God!

  • Exodus 33:20 (KJV) And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.
  • Job 14:14 (KJV) If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.
  • Hebrews 9:26-28 (KJV) For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
  • Romans 8:7-8 (KJV) Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
  • 1 Corinthians 2:6-16 (KJV) Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: 8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
  • Romans 12:3 (KJV) For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
  • Romans 10:13 (KJV) For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
  • 1 Peter 1:7-9 (KJV) That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
  • Romans 6:3-4 (KJV) Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
  • 2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV) Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
  • Colossians 3:10 (KJV) And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
  • Colossians 1:15 (KJV) Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
  • 2 Corinthians 4:4-6 (KJV) In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
  • Matthew 5:8 (KJV) Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

That is some amazing news! The old carnal man of the flesh and sin is appointed to die! Why? Because that man is hostile towards God! That old man can never see, hear, or understand the things of God! That carnal man’s way of thinking constantly tries to lead people away from Jesus! This is because that man was produced by the work of the devil when the serpent deceived Adam & Eve. God provided a way for that man to die, be cleansed from sin, and be born again through the Son Jesus Christ! This only occurs when they see the face of God which is Jesus Christ by faith and believing the truth! Those who choose to live according to the flesh and reject the Son will taste/realize death later on. It’s better to die now and be born again and led by the Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ!

If you want to know more about the face of God in the Bible we are going to cover some more things in detail. We will go over Moses and Jacob in relation to the face of God. We will find out if God hides His face from us and also how Jesus is the face of the invisible God.

Moses And The Face Of God

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In Exodus chapter 33 we see an amazing encounter with Moses and God. During this time there was a Tent of Meeting or the Tabernacle of the congregation which was outside from the camp. When anyone sought the Lord they would go here. Now when Moses would go seek the Lord here the others would stand outside their tents and watch Moses until he entered the tent. Once Moses entered the tent a pillar of smoke would come down and stand at the doorway of the tent. The Lord spoke to Moses from this pillar of smoke at the door of the tent. All the others would see this and begin to worship the Lord at their tent door! This is amazing and very interesting because notice that the Lord spoke to Moses here face to face as a man speaks to his friend!

  • Exodus 33:7-11 (KJV) And Moses took the tabernacle, and pitched it without the camp, afar off from the camp, and called it the Tabernacle of the congregation. And it came to pass, that every one which sought the LORD went out unto the tabernacle of the congregation, which was without the camp. 8 And it came to pass, when Moses went out unto the tabernacle, that all the people rose up, and stood every man at his tent door, and looked after Moses, until he was gone into the tabernacle. 9 And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the LORD talked with Moses. 10 And all the people saw the cloudy pillar stand at the tabernacle door: and all the people rose up and worshipped, every man in his tent door. 11 And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.

Notice how the Lord spoke to the people at the tent. Specifically how God spoke to Moses through the cloudy pillar at the doorway of the tent. In other words, God spoke to Moses through this pillar “face to face” as a man speaks to their friend. 

Now, this is the same cloudy pillar in which the Lord guided them in other areas of the Bible. This cloud showed up to reveal God’s glory and also to speak with them.

  • Exodus 24:16 (KJV) And the glory of the LORD abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the seventh day he called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud.
  • Exodus 40:34-38 (KJV) Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. 35 And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. 36 And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys: 37 But if the cloud were not taken up, then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up. 38 For the cloud of the LORD was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.
  • Numbers 16:42 (KJV) And it came to pass, when the congregation was gathered against Moses and against Aaron, that they looked toward the tabernacle of the congregation: and, behold, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the LORD appeared.
  • Psalms 99:6-7 (KJV) Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the LORD, and he answered them. 7 He spake unto them in the cloudy pillar: they kept his testimonies, and the ordinance that he gave them.
  • Deuteronomy 5:22-24 (KJV) These words the LORD spake unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me. 23 And it came to pass, when ye heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, (for the mountain did burn with fire,) that ye came near unto me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders; 24 And ye said, Behold, the LORD our God hath shewed us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire: we have seen this day that God doth talk with man, and he liveth.

Knowing that the Lord appeared to them in the cloud and spoke to them from the cloud is very interesting and we should take notice as to why. Remember Moses spoke face to face with God by the pillar of smoke and lived, naturally speaking. In Leviticus, it talks about certain things the priests would do so they did not die, naturally speaking, when in the presence of God. One of the things mentioned is the Lord appearing to them in the cloud upon the mercy seat. This cloud would appear so they would not die.

    • Leviticus 16:2 (KJV) And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto Aaron thy brother, that he come not at all times into the holy place within the vail before the mercy seat, which is upon the ark; that he die not: for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat.
    • Leviticus 16:12-13 (KJV) And he shall take a censer full of burning coals of fire from off the altar before the LORD, and his hands full of sweet incense beaten small, and bring it within the vail: 13 And he shall put the incense upon the fire before the LORD, that the cloud of the incense may cover the mercy seat that is upon the testimony, that he die not:
    • Isaiah 44:22 (KJV) I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.

Understanding this helps us to know why God spoke to Moses in a cloudy pillar at the door of the tent. Moses spoke to God face to face as a man speaks to their friend but the cloud was there to protect Moses. Since the Lord spoke to him through the cloudy pillar, Moses didn’t die. God blotted out the transgressions and sins by the cloud or thick cloud so Moses could speak to God as a man would speak to their friend.

That being said, although God spoke “face to face” through the pillar, His identity was still hidden from Moses. We know this because the word states God knew Moses by name and found grace in God’s sight. To know someone by name basically means you know who that individual is! You know them and God knew Moses as a friend.

However, Moses still didn’t fully understand or know God by name! This is because Moses later asks God to show him the way that he may know who God is! 

It’s at this point when God decides to reveal who He is to Moses because he found grace in God’s sight.

  • Exodus 33:12-19 (KJV) And Moses said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight. 13 Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people. 14 And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. 15 And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence. 16 For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth. 17 And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name. 18 And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. 19 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.

So God knew Moses by name but Moses didn’t know God by name! So by the grace of God, God decides to reveal His glory and the name of the Lord to Moses! God decided to reveal His identity. In other words, God wanted Moses to know who He is! That’s amazing!

However, to know who God is by name and also see His face, comes with a certain price. No man can see the face of God and live!

  • Exodus 33:20-23 (KJV) And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. 21 And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: 22 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: 23 And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.
  • Psalms 51:9 (KJV) Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

What is interesting here is that Moses gets to know God’s name. In other words, he gets to know who really God is. God sets the scene to where Moses can encounter His presence by putting Moses in the clift of the rock. God uses His own hand to cover Moses. Then God moves His own hand so Moses can see God’s back parts but not His face. God understands that no man can see His face and live! Knowing this, God wanted Moses to still know/understand who He is and His name!

Understanding this will help us to understand what this means today in reference to God’s face and Jesus Christ. Before we get into that let’s examine Jacob’s encounter with God face to face. Then let’s take a look at God’s face and if God hides His face from us.

Jacob Face To Face With God

Jacob also came face to face with God in a similar fashion as Moses.  In this situation, a man wrestles Jacob when he is alone until the breaking of the day.

  • Genesis 32:22-24 (KJV) And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok. 23 And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had. 24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.

Notice the man wrestled with Jacob first. Not Jacob with the man. The man prevailed not against Jacob, so he touched the hollow of Jacob’s thigh and it was out of joint as they wrestled. Jacob would not let the man go until he was blessed. The blessing was Jacob now being called Israel! A name isn’t just what you are called but it identifies who you are.

  • Genesis 32:25-28 (KJV) And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. 26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. 27 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. 28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.

God wanted to give Jacob a new identity and blessing. Again a name is not something to be taken lightly. Some people call their children a name cause it sounds cool or something like that. However, in God’s eyes, a name carries substance, identity, and who they are. The name carries value reveals the character of the individual!

This man didn’t only wrestle with Jacob to give him the new name of Israel. He wrestled with Jacob/Israel to also reveal His name to him. He wanted Jacob to ask Him what His name is so Jacob/Israel will know and understand who God is also!

  • Genesis 32:29-30 (KJV) And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there. 30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

Not only did God bless Jacob with the new name Israel. God also blessed Jacob/Israel by revealing His own name! Therefore Jacob/Israel saw God face to face until daybreak! Although Jacob saw God face to face, it was before daybreak or in the darkness. Jacob could see the man face to face but couldn’t see the face clearly because it was dark. The light didn’t shine upon the face of the man so to speak. Jacob saw God in the form of a man but not in pure daylight. Jacob still wanted to know the man/God and therefore asked for His name. He got to know the name of God which means he got to know the identity of who God really is and lived!

What a blessing to see God in the form of a man. God came down and wrestled with Jacob to help him know who God really is! Similar to Moses, Jacob also got to see God face to face in such a way that he was able to live. Jacob saw God in the form of a man before the breaking of light of the day. In other words, Jacob saw the face of God in darkness before the light shined during the day!

So Moses and Jacob spoke to God face to face and lived. God revealed to them who He truly is and still is doing the very same thing today! So does God hide his face from people today? 

Does God Hide His Face From Us?

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Have you ever wondered if God hides His face from us today? In the encounter with Moses in which we just looked at, God hid His face from Moses. This was so Moses wouldn’t die naturally speaking during that moment but Moses would still get to know who God is at the same time. 

God wants to reveal His face to people. God wants people to know who He is and His love for them. The problem is that sin causes people to hide their own faces from God! Satan is the one who blinds the mind of those who believe not the truth. God doesn’t want to hide His own face. God decided to reveal His own face through the Son Jesus Christ! God wants people to see His face and know His name! God wants to reveal His identity to people today! This way people can see the truth and know who He is through the face of Jesus Christ by faith!

  • Isaiah 53:1-6 (KJV) Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? 2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
  • 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 (KJV) But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
  • Philippians 2:9-11 (KJV) Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
  • Acts 20:21 (KJV) Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

Notice the scripture says we hid as it were our faces from Him. God isn’t hiding His face today. He revealed His own face through the Lord Jesus Christ! However, sin causes people to run and hide their own face from God! 

Take Adam & Eve for example. Before the fall there is no mention of them being afraid of God or running away from Him. That being said after they were tricked and sinned the carnal mind tried to cause them to run and hide their face from God!

  • Genesis 3:7-11 (KJV) And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. 8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. 9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? 10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. 11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
  • Genesis 3:21 (KJV) Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

God wanted to speak and talk with Adam to help but sin tried to cause him to run and hide from God. Sin tried to separate Adam and Eve from the presence of God when God came looking for them! God wanted to help them even though they made a poor decision. God wanted to cloth them properly but the carnal mind didn’t want them to receive God’s help! (For more on the carnal mind check out this article: “The Carnal Mind Is Enmity Against God | Bible Truth“) In other words, God didn’t end up hiding His face from man but it ended up being man who tried to run and hide their own face from God!

That being said, the same thing happened to Moses. God wanted to reveal who He was to Moses and the people. However, the carnal mind and sin tried to cause them to hide their own face from God!

  • Exodus 3:6 (KJV) Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.

This also happened with the people. God wanted to speak with Moses and the people but the people were afraid of God. The people didn’t want to hear God directly but rather have God speak to Moses and then Moses speak to them. The point is they also were afraid and tried to hide their face from God and only speak to God through Moses.

  • Exodus 20:18-21 (KJV) And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. 19 And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die. 20 And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not. 21 And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.

God knew the issue that came because of sin. God already knew that people were now going to run and hide their own faces from Him! God knew this and had a plan from the beginning. He was going to reveal His own face through His Son Jesus Christ!

  • Hebrews 9:26-28 (KJV) For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
  • 1 Peter 1:19-21 (KJV) But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, 21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

The point is God didn’t hide His face in these last days but rather revealed His face through the Son Jesus Christ! God knew people would try to run away from Him at first because of sin and the carnal mind. That’s why Jesus came in the form of a man to speak and reveal the truth about God’s face and name! 

That being said even when Jesus showed up where people could see Him naturally speaking, some still tried to hide their faces from the truth. Take Nathanael for example. When he heard about Jesus, a voice tried to get him to not come.

  • John 1:43-51 (KJV) The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. 44 Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. 46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see. 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! 48 Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee. 49 Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel. 50 Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these. 51 And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.

You see? Philip went to Nathanael to tell him about Jesus. When Nathanael heard, a voice tried to talk him out of going saying “Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?”. That voice tried to keep Nathanael from seeing the face of God! That voice tried to cause Nathanael to hide his face and not go see the truth. Thank God he ended up going with Philip and seeing Jesus for himself by faith! When he came to Jesus he realized who Jesus really was. Just like with Moses, God knew Moses’ name before Moses knew His! Here Nathanael states “Whence knowest thou me?” That’s amazing!

Peter also had a similar incident where he tried to hide his own face from God. 

  • Luke 5:1-11 (KJV) And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, 2 And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. 3 And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. 4 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. 5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. 6 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. 7 And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. 9 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: 10 And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. 11 And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.

Notice once Peter realized who Jesus was and what occurred he falls down at the feet of Jesus and says to depart from him because he is a sinful man. That same voice tried to remove Peter from Jesus’s presence but Jesus told him to fear not! Although Peter tried to hide his face from God at that moment, Jesus didn’t hide His face from Peter!

That being said God isn’t hiding from people today but rather sin and the carnal mind is trying to separate people from God! God came down to the people to reveal His own face in Jesus Christ. However, not all will come to His call and recognize His face. 

  • Matthew 16:13-16 (KJV) When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? 14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. 15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
  • John 3:16-21 (KJV) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Today some see Jesus as a man or a prophet or a fictional tale. Then some see him for who he really is which is Christ, the Son of the living God! Some will come to the place to know the face of God and God’s name. While others will choose to depart from God and hide their own face from His. Now let’s now look at how the scripture reveals that Jesus is the face of the invisible God!

Jesus Is The Face Of The Invisible God

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The Bible clearly talks about the face of God and reveals the truth concerning His own face.

Jesus Christ is the face of the invisible God! His face is hidden to the man that doesn’t believe because Satan has blinded their minds from the truth. However, God knowing this decided to be merciful and bless us by causing His face, which is the face of Jesus Christ to shine in earth! God revealed Himself so that all who call upon His name and follow Him by faith shall be saved! Those who are born again now have a new pure heart and can see clearly the face of God. They know who He really is and His name which is above all names!

  • Psalms 67:1 (KJV) To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm or Song. God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.
  • Psalms 80:3 (KJV) Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.
  • Psalms 80:17-19 (KJV) Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself. 18 So will not we go back from thee: quicken us, and we will call upon thy name. 19 Turn us again, O LORD God of hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.
  • 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 (KJV) But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
  • Colossians 1:15-17 (KJV) Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
  • Philippians 2:9-11 (KJV) Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
  • Romans 10:13 (KJV) For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
  • Ezekiel 36:26 (KJV) A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
  • Matthew 5:8 (KJV) Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
  • Revelation 22:4 (KJV) And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

God’s not hiding His face! God revealed His face through the Lord Jesus Christ! The Devil is the one who has blinded the mind of those who don’t believe. That’s because those who don’t believe Jesus Christ, choose to believe the carnal mind which is enmity against God! The only way they can see the face of God is by faith. The only way they can see by faith is if someone shares the good news about Jesus with them! When they choose to see God through the eyes of faith then that old carnal man dies. They are then considered born again with eyes that can see God for who He really is. Their eyes are now considered blessed because they can see and know the truth about Christ clearly.

  • Romans 8:7 (KJV) Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
  • Romans 10:8-15 (KJV) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
  • Colossians 1:12-14 (KJV) Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
  • Luke 10:23-24 (KJV) And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see: 24 For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

The moment a person believes the Lord Jesus Christ and is saved is the moment the old man which was blind dies! God forgives them and makes them a new creature in Christ! (More on this here: “What Does It Mean To Be Baptized Into Jesus Death? | Romans 6“)

Remember how Moses only saw the back parts of God but not His face when in the cleft of the rock? Remember when God told Moses his name? Later on when Jesus is transfigured on the mountain Moses gets to see the face of Jesus Christ in glory!

Not only that, the disciples fell asleep and when they woke up they also saw the glory of God in a vision! How amazing!

  • Matthew 17:1-9 (KJV) And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, 2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. 3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. 4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. 5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. 6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid. 7 And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. 8 And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only. 9 And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.
  • Luke 9:28-36 (KJV) And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray. 29 And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering. 30 And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias: 31 Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. 32 But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him. 33 And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said. 34 While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud. 35 And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him. 36 And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen.

Just like with Moses and the cloudy pillar talking with him face to face, the disciples encountered a similar situation here. This time a cloud overshadowed them and spoke to them face to face as a man speaks to their friend. The disciples read and learned about this encounter with Moses and now this very day they are experiencing the same thing! The difference is when the cloud left, then there was only Jesus there with the disciples. God was revealing to the disciples His face and name while referencing the encounter that happened with Moses at the same time! Amazing!

Today God wants you to see His face! God wants you to recognize the face of Jesus Christ and who He is! He wants you to know Him. That being said the old carnal man can’t see and know the face of God! It’s impossible for that man to see! So that carnal man needs to die! That old man dies when a person is born again by faith! (More on this here: “How To Be Born Again In Jesus Christ | Bible Answer!” & “What Does It Mean To Be Baptized Into Jesus Death? | Romans 6“)

However, once a person is born again they can see the kingdom of God and the face of Jesus Christ clearly! That being said remember the old carnal man cannot!

  • 1 Corinthians 2:6-16 (KJV) Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: 8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
  • Acts 28:25-27 (KJV) And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers, 26 Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive: 27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
  • Psalms 89:48 (KJV) What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.
  • Job 14:10-14 (KJV) But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he? 11 As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up: 12 So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep. 13 O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me! 14 If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.
  • Hebrews 9:27-28 (KJV) And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
  • Romans 6:3-9 (KJV) Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. 8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: 9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
  • John 3:3 (KJV) Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

That old man is appointed to die. That old man will never see and understand the face of the Lord Jesus Christ! That old man knows the things of the flesh, sin, and lives according to Satan. This is why that old corruptible man is appointed to die!

The good news is God can change the person by destroying the old carnal man of the flesh and creating them brand new in Christ! Forgiving them and washing them completely clean. Filling them with the Holy Spirit. Giving them a new life in Christ and them being now free from sin and the old man they used to be! They are now led and taught of His Spirit. This is only possible through the Lord Jesus Christ. The new man in Christ is of the Spirit and has a pure heart, ears that hear, & eyes that see the face of God for who He really is! Which is the Lord Jesus Christ!

  • Psalms 105:3-4 (KJV) Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. 4 Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore.
  • Psalms 17:15 (KJV) As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.
  • Psalms 89:14-18 (KJV) Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face. 15 Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance. 16 In thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted. 17 For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy favour our horn shall be exalted. 18 For the LORD is our defence; and the Holy One of Israel is our king.

Bible Scripture Reference

  • No Man Can See God And Live Meaning KJV | Bible Answer!
    • Exodus 33:20
    • Job 14:14
    • Hebrews 9:26-28
    • Romans 8:7-8
    • 1 Corinthians 2:6-16
    • Romans 12:3
    • Romans 10:13
    • 1 Peter 1:7-9
    • Romans 6:3-4
    • 2 Corinthians 5:17
    • Colossians 3:10
    • Colossians 1:15
    • 2 Corinthians 4:4-6
    • Matthew 5:8
    • Moses And The Face Of God
      • Exodus 33:7-11
      • Exodus 24:16
      • Exodus 40:34-38
      • Numbers 16:42
      • Psalms 99:6-7
      • Deuteronomy 5:22-24
      • Leviticus 16:2
      • Leviticus 16:12-13
      • Isaiah 44:22
      • Exodus 33:12-19
      • Exodus 33:20-23
      • Psalms 51:9
    • Jacob Face To Face With God
      • Genesis 32:22-24
      • Genesis 32:25-28
      • Genesis 32:29-30
    • Does God Hide His Face From Us?
      • Isaiah 53:1-6
      • 2 Corinthians 4:3-6
      • Philippians 2:9-11
      • Acts 20:21
      • Genesis 3:7-11
      • Genesis 3:21
      • Exodus 3:6
      • Exodus 20:18-21
      • Hebrews 9:26-28
      • 1 Peter 1:19-21
      • John 1:43-51
      • Luke 5:1-11
      • Matthew 16:13-16
      • John 3:16-21
    • Jesus Is The Face Of The Invisible God
      • Psalms 67:1
      • Psalms 80:3
      • Psalms 80:17-19
      • 2 Corinthians 4:3-6
      • Colossians 1:15-17
      • Philippians 2:9-11
      • Romans 10:13
      • Ezekiel 36:26
      • Matthew 5:8
      • Revelation 22:4
      • Romans 8:7
      • Romans 10:8-15
      • Colossians 1:12-14
      • Luke 10:23-24
      • Matthew 17:1-9
      • Luke 9:28-36
      • 1 Corinthians 2:6-16
      • Acts 28:25-27
      • Psalms 89:48
      • Job 14:10-14
      • Hebrews 9:27-28
      • Romans 6:3-9
      • John 3:3
      • Psalms 105:3-4
      • Psalms 17:15
      • Psalms 89:14-18

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