How Can We See God?
"Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." (Matthew 5:8)
Wouldn't you like to see God? Wouldn't you like to see with your own eyes the God Who created your eyes? Wouldn't you like to spend time with Him in person and to know firsthand what He is really like?
The Bible says that nobody human has ever seen God, but the Bible also says that "the pure in heart…shall see God." How can that be? Jesus preached that, through Him, it is possible to see the Father. In Jesus's "Sermon on the Mount," He tells us how it is that we can see God. What does Matthew 5:8 say that we need to be in order to see God? We need to be "pure in heart"! But what does it mean to be "pure in heart"? What does it mean to be "pure"?
To be "pure" means you don’t have anything in you that isn’t supposed to be there. If you have a glass of pure water, that means there isn’t anything in the glass except water. No dirt, no bugs, no poison – or anything else – but water. If something else is in the water, then it is not pure water.
For a person to be pure means there is nothing in him that isn’t supposed to be there. He is just like God made him to be. In other words, there is no sin in him. The problem is, no human being is born the way God originally made him or her to be. Because Adam and Eve sinned, we are all born with sinful natures. So how can we become "pure in heart" and get back to the way God intended for us to be – pure-hearted? Through Jesus Christ! If you are believing on Jesus Christ and trusting in His righteousness to be your righteousness, then Jesus purifies your heart (makes your heart pure). His blood washes away the record of your sin and frees you from the power of sin. Not only can Jesus cleanse and purify your heart one time, but He can keep on helping you to keep on purifying your heart.
So what does a pure-hearted person look like? Well, he is someone who will not keep on sinning on purpose. Instead, he is trying to keep himself free from sin. That means keeping sin out of whatever he does, whatever he thinks, and whatever he wants. That is what it means to be pure in heart. Psalm 15 describes a pure-hearted person, if you would like to learn more about what a pure-hearted person is like. Psalm 15 clearly teaches that the only way to have fellowship with God is to be pure in heart.
What is the promise to those who are pure in heart? They shall see God! But what does it mean to "see" God?
First, to "see" God means to understand His ways. He is sinless. That is what He wants us to be, too. And when we are, we will understand Him more and love Him more, and we will be able to talk to Him in prayer with a clean conscience. This is the idea of having fellowship with God, knowing firsthand what He really is like. God is a spirit, so He is "knowable" through pure-hearted fellowship.
But there really is a way that pure-hearted believers will get to "see" God with their own eyes. "They shall see God" means just that. We who are saved by Jesus Christ will get to see God in eternity. In this earthly life, we can "see" God in the understanding sense, through Jesus Christ's righteousness. And in the new heaven and the new earth, we will be able to be with God and to "see" Him with our own eyes, because of what Jesus Christ did for us.
God promises that the "pure in heart" will see Him!
» Do I try not to sin?
» In my heart, am I really wanting to know and have fellowship with God?
» If I am not enjoying fellowship with God right now, what might be my problem?
Truth In Real Life
“Lord, I long to be with Thee!”
William Williams, a famous Welsh evangelist with two “matching” names, was born on February 11, 1717.
The Welsh – people who live in the country of Wales – have long been known for being musical people. Crowds at sporting events have been known for breaking out into singing. It should be no surprise, then, that Williams has been called the “Isaac Watts of Wales.” Isaac Watts was a famous English hymn writer and William Williams has become the most famous Welsh hymn writer in history. Very few hymns were written in Wales before he began writing.
Williams was also a kind of “circuit-riding preacher” in Wales, only he sang the Gospel and taught others how to sing about it. Over a period of 43 years, he traveled nearly 100,000 miles on horseback. He traveled from church to church, and from home to home, sharing the Gospel with people who needed to hear it (which was all the people!). He wrote over 800 hymns during his lifetime. The most famous song that William Williams wrote is called “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah.” It has been translated into 75 languages! The second verse reads like this:
Open now the crystal fountain,
Whence the healing stream doth flow;
Let the fire and cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through.
Strong Deliverer, strong Deliverer,
Be Thou still my Strength and Shield;
Be Thou still my Strength and Shield.
William Williams believed that singing was as important as any other part of worship. He believed that music shows what is in the heart.
Do you have a song in your heart? Do you enjoy singing about how Jesus Christ has changed your life? Sing for Him!
Psalm 40:3 – He has put a new song in my mouth – praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the LORD.