Seeing Our Creator
Read St. John 5:39 and 1st Cor. 2: 1-16. Then go back to St. John 5: 36-37. The reason The Messiah said in verse 37 that "Ye have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His shape" is because in verse 38 Messiah said "And ye have not His Word abiding in you ". Verse 36 and 37 says that The Father bears witness of The Messiah's work and that He has sent Him to do it. So that is why they could neither see YHVH nor hear Him speak.
If we then want to hear and see Our Father, we must have His Word abiding in us so that we are seeing YHVH at work through His representatives.
YHVH is a Spirit (St. John 4: 23) so they could not see His shape except by perceiving Him through the people He sends to do His work. The True Believers and representatives will magnify YHVH and His Son instead of themselves. However, even though He uses humans to talk to you about something remember that we all are having this treasure in earthen vessels that the Excellency of the power may be of YHVH, and not of us. (2 Cor. 4:7)
Going back to St. John 5:17-39 and Messiah is speaking to these particular people, who were seeking to kill Him. They didn't know that they were talking to The Creator of everything and The Messiah Himself. These also had not seen God (Our Father) St. John 1:18 and Deut. 4:12. The Messiah is always the one who is seen and heard in Gen. 14:18 (through Melchizedek), Gen. 24: 9-11 and Isaiah 6:1-4.
Philip was one of the greatest of The Messiah’s disciples. Consider his record.
Philip was one of the 1st to recognize The Messiah for being .....”Him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” (St. John 1:43-51)
He helped feed the 5,000 people when John the Baptizer was beheaded before Passover, and Messiah had retreated to a mountain in a desert place with His disciples. (Matt.14:1-21; St. John 6: 1-14)
Yet, after all they and he (Philip) had witnessed, he and Thomas were asking Messiah questions and wanted Him to ...”show us The Father”...
The Messiah answered them in St. John 14: 1-31.
So, it seems to me that all of us believers and followers of Messiah are subject to being blind and deaf to what Our Father in Heaven is trying to do for us, in us, and through us to the people around us whom we love. We constantly need to have our eyes and ears opened to Spiritual insight to be able to see Our Master at work in His world. (Matt. 9: 29-30 and Mark 7: 31-37)
To be able to see and hear Our Master’s voice is the only way to become one of the “lively stones”
mentioned in 1st Peter 2:3-12. This Church was created on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:38-47).
When El Shaddai (Ex.. 6:1-3) talked to Isaac He told him that he would be blessed because Abraham had ...”kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.” (Gen.26:1-5) How did Abraham do that, since they were not written down until the time of Moses? He must have been told verbally what he had to do and remembered it without trouble. His heart was converted from the first encounter with Faith as it was described later in Rom. 4:1-13. He listened and then obeyed when he was told to do something. (Rom. 10:17) As he obeyed each thing he was strengthened in memory and ability to obey in Spiritual matters. It is like building up our physical bodies. As we exercise our muscles we strengthen them.
I think that explains al lot in Romans 4:12-13. First came Faith, then obedience. Abraham kept growing in Faith as he obeyed. The Laws, statutes, commandments and charge is found in Gen. Chapters 12 and 13. They are given to us again all through the New Testament. We are told to “Study to show ourselves approved...” in 2nd Timothy 2:15.
Always remember that The Messiah was and is always with and in Our Father as Creator and Master of everything. So, whatever name He uses in the Bible, He is the same Being from the beginning to the end.
Advice to Believers
Ecclesiastes 3:1 “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”
Proverbs 30:4-6 “Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? Who hath gathered the wind in his fists? Who hath bound the waters in a garment? Who hath established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell? “ (The answer is found in Exodus 6:1-3)
Proverbs 30:5 “Every Word of God (YHVH) is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.”
Numbers 23:19 “God (YHVH) is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent; hath he said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”
Malachi 3:5-6 “And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the Lord (Master or Creator) of Hosts.”
Matthew 16:24-27 “Then said Jesus (YaHoVaH) unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory (Majesty) of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.”
2nd Peter 3:3-4 “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.”
2nd Peter 3:9-13 “The Lord (Messiah) is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord (YHVH) will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God (YHVH), wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?”
Revelation 20:10-15 “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever, And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God (YHVH); and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were written in the books, according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
Proverbs 28:9 “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.”
Exodus 20:L1-17 My final advice ...Please read the ten commandments for yourself. They could help save your life.