No one has ever seen God.

From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known. -John 1:16-18 NRSV

Throughout the Old Testament many images of God are presented. Moses experienced his presence on the mountain. It is written that God gave him a plethora of laws that range from admonitions against murder to instructions regarding the killing of disobedient children. The book of Exodus reports that the Lord spoke with Moses face to face as a friend.

Yet despite such ancient revelations there seemed to be a gross misunderstanding of the nature and character of God presented in the Old Testament accounts. In part this is why Jesus came - to show humanity what God is really like. John tells us that "God the only Son" came to present humanity with an accurate and "grace upon grace" image of God.

Come Holy Spirit and show us the Father today that we might be transformed to be like his Son.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the Gospel of John.

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