"For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!" Job 19: 25-27
I was reading some more of "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn yesterday and he was talking about the moment when we see God with our own eyes, in our resurrected bodies.
I guess there is a bit of debate in the Christian theologian world as to whether or not we will be seeing God with 'spiritual eyes' or our own physical eyes. And whether or not any human had ever seen God's face.
In Exodus 33:20 the Lord is speaking to Moses "But He said,"You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live." but in Exodus 33:11 it says "So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend."
So it leaves some confusion there. but if you look at the verses previous to verse 20, you will see that Moses asked the Lord if he could see His GLORY. And that the Lord shielded Moses with His hand so that it would not harm him. Can you imagine how awesome & bright that would be? And in our resurrected bodies, we will be able to look upon it without shielding or fear!
Revelation 22:4 says "They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads."
How amazing that will be, the first times we see God with our own eyes - How amazing it will be to see God even with spiritual eyes! I don't know if it will be how we see when we die, for we will not be in our resurrected bodies at that time. Will we be seeing Him differently in Heaven than when we will when we are resurrected back on Earth? Either way it does not really matter, what matters is that we WILL see God.
I can't really comprehend how that will feel! My loved ones don't live too far away, we talk on the phone often enough but it doesn't quite fulfill the need like when we do get to see eachother face to face. There are many friends I only talk to on-line. How I would love to meet many of them face to face as we have shared so much of eachother through emails or blogs.
Imagine then, meeting God face to face. He has shared in our entire lives. He longs for us to talk to Him more, share more with us, but even that won't be enough to satisfy our longing, even when we don't know what it is we are longing for. All the restlessness, and everlasting longing deep within our souls, the only thing that will satisfy it is the moment when we see God. Like Job "our hearts yearn within" for the day we can look upon His face!
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