John 14:9, “Whoever has seen Me has seen the Father.”
“But we have not seen Jesus,” some might say. Yes, we have not, but so what? For Christ also said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29). So, you have not seen Christ, but do you believe? If so, then consider yourself blessed according to Christ’s own words; for it is great faith that believes though you have not seen.
Nevertheless, we have the Written Word, and the Spoken Word through the pastor, both of which Christ the Personal Word is present and active. Therefore, when you read the Word, you see Christ; when you hear the Word, you hear Christ. You eat His body and drink His blood in the Eucharist. He baptises you in His Spirit. He pronounces forgiveness over you in the Absolution. He brings you to the Father via faith.
If you wish to know God and who He is, look to none other than Christ, for in Him God has revealed who He is: “a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin” (Exodus 34:6-7).
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We CAN see Him far more clearly than the Apostles did, before His Ascension. It is through the Spirit that we can see Him. To see Him without the Spirit is to fail to see Him. Even the Apostles scarcely saw, constantly failed to see and know, until the Spirit came on them at Pentecost: He gives that same Spirit to us to show us Jesus. So, yes, we can see Him. This is faith – to see by the Spirit.
I was talking of physical seeing, not spiritual seeing. Plus at the end I say to look to Christ, which is impossible without faith, which implies a seeing by faith granted by the Holy Spirit.
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