WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE SEE GOD?
Blessed are the pure in heart! For they shall see God. Mat 5:8
It is such a wonderful happening when we come to see God as He is. People seldom come to that; it is therefore difficult to explain how it is that we see God, for we have to see and experience it for ourselves so our mouth may be full of something we are not able to express ourselves about. I feel it is never something to explain in words, but something every believer ought to experience for himself. Therefore I will hush and exhort you to look up for the full presence of God until your cup runs over and you are not even amzed concerning it being so. It is so easy, as easy as breathing, yet people are so unbelieving that they rather look up for doctrinal teaching than a living God. You should get to the point where you become used to see God, and where it is no strange thing unto you any longer. It is from this point on I would like to express something that is in my heart.
We know how people get so amazed with what God does, especially because they are so unbelieving, that they start singing as Miriam, rather than be still and obedient unto further goings, as Moses.
The lame man who Peter commanded to stand up in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, leaped up; we do not know how long he took to start to learn to walk, since his mind was not used to such a thing anymore. All we know, is that he soon “stood and walked and entered with them into the temple, walking and leaping and praising God”, Act 3:8. This is not that amazing at all, but the joy of having received something such as this from the Lord, is amazing to unbelievers and to the man himself: yet the expressions of joy are his alone – he alone felt how wonderful the Lord has been unto him. We could state that he, to a certain extend, saw God, in the form of a wonderful hand having “his feet and ankle-bones immediately to receive strength”.
It is wonderful to experience God in any thinkable way. Yet, God healed that man for something, not that he should leap and praise God continually for the same thing over and over, in future days ahead. He was given a reason to walk for the sake of God from then on, I mean that God’s glory would be fully restored if he alone would use his legs for the sake and will of God. The next day he should abase his joy and start thinking “what can I do for my Lord from now on?” Yesterday has passed and now he walks. God healed him to walk and not to keep leaping and jumping daily into the temple.
I am using this as an example of what people do or believe they will do once they come to see God. If one meets the condition to see God, having sin fully confessed and done away with, then there is no reason why one should not be able to see God at all. It may happen that “Thus saith the Lord God; I will yet for this be enquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them” Ez 36:37. But it should never be held as an extraordinary thing, for even if that be the greatest source of all happiness on earth ever, yet none of it should amaze us at all by now. We should never hurt God to the point of thinking He has no pleasure to walk among the holy and the made clean.
Having this said, allow me to expand one step further, the after seeing of God. We all know how that little animal Adam named a Chameleon changes according to what he sees, becoming as what he is able to see – unless he sees, he will not change. I believe that is precisely what happens to a child of God once he manages to behold his God: he just changes into His likeness, for he can do no other way. People are changed and shaped and reshaped according to what their inner eye is beholding and enjoying beholding. If the world and its things is ever able to fill our eyes, we will surely become as it is too. Jesus said, “The light of the body is the eye. Therefore if your eye is sound, your whole body shall be full of light. (23) But if your eye is evil, your whole body shall be full of darkness”, Mat 6:22-23.
If we can say without having to lie about it at all, as Elijah stated “God before Whom I stand”, if He is Emanuel unto you for real, then there should be no problem unto you to be changed into His own likeness, for you see Him and behold your Change as He is. From there on, God just overwhelms, wins, conquers over the heart through revelations and manifestations of what He is as a person. To see God means that you are changed as you are able and enabled to see from Him, so much so that your eyes become the light of your whole body unto His likeness: His nature becomes yours, your asset. Can you handle that? "But we all, with our face having been unveiled, having beheld the glory of the Lord as in a mirror, are being changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Lord's Spirit", 2Cor.3:18.
See to it then that you understand, and fully grasp the meaning of this: “As for me, I will behold Your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with Your image”, Ps.17:15. “But blessed are your eyes, for they see”, Mat 13:16. May God bless you.