“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” Matt. 5:8.
“And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them…the shepherds said…Let us now go…and see this thing which has come to pass…they…found…the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying…told them concerning this child.” Luke 2:15-17.
“Now when Jesus was born…there came wise men…And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child…and fell down, and worshipped him…” Matt. 2:1,11.
Have you gazed into the heavens longing to see what the shepherds and the wise men saw…the very face of God? How would you respond if suddenly, the heavens opened and there He was?
After reading the book of the covenant, “Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, behold the blood of the covenant…Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel: And they saw the God of Israel…they saw God and did eat and drink.” Ex.24:9-11. They shared a covenant meal with the Lord after the blood was applied for cleansing.
Job saw God and declared, “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” Job 42:5,6. When we see God for who He is, we see ourselves as we are.
Isaiah shares his experience of seeing God and writes, “…I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims…And one cried unto another…Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory… Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips…for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts, Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand…taken from off the altar; And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.” Isa. 6:1-7.
God promises the pure in heart will see Him. Katharos translated ,as pure, means cleansed. Isaiah describes this one as, “He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil…Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty…” Isa. 33:15,17.
The writer of Hebrews echoes Isaiah’s words: “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.”(Heb. 12:14).
John goes further to tell us who the pure in heart are. “Beloved, now are we the sons of God and it doth not yet appear what we shall be but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.” 1John 3:2,3.
“For now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face…” 1Cor. 13:12.
His face is hidden for a time but He stands near to those who, “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you…it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works…Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” (James 4:8a; Ps.73:28; Heb. 10:22).
Draw near now for a day is coming when we shall see Him clearly and: “…there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.” Rev. 22:3,4.
O’ I Want to See Him
O I want to see Him, look upon His face,
There to sing forever of His saving grace;
On the streets of glory let me lift my voice,
Cares all past, home at last, ever to rejoice.