What does God look like?

What does God look like?

Since human beings are created in the image of God, most artist’s renditions picture God as looking like a human male. Although the Bible uses the personal pronoun “He” to describe God, it never says God looks like a human male. Word pictures describing God usually use words such as “like” or “as” in their descriptions. So, we find that both males and females were created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), although God is not a hermaphrodite. Likewise, there are descriptions of God that describe Him with wings and feathers Psalm 91:2-4, although nobody would suggest that God is an overgrown chicken. In fact, the Bible says God is a spirit John 4:24 without physical form (i.e., not composed of ordinary matter). Although God’s primary nature is spiritual, He is able to take on physical form in order to interact with human beings on Earth. In fact, the Bible says that God took on human form, coming to earth as Jesus of Nazareth. The Bible says that believers who die will go to heaven and “see Him just as He is” 1ST John 3:2, because they will be like Him, possessing “spiritual bodies” 1STCorinthians 15:44. So, there is no way to know what God actually looks like in heaven, until we actually get there

 

What does God want from me?

If God created the entire universe as a place to accommodate human beings, He must have had some sort of plan in mind. The Bible says God wants as many people as possible to choose to love Him and spend eternity with Him. Since God’s standard for behaviour is perfection in thought and deed, we are going to find it very difficult to meet God’s standard on our own.

 

However, since God loves us so much, He has provided another means by which we can attain perfection. Jesus, as God, took on the form of a human being and lived on the earth in the first century Philippians 2:5-8. Besides teaching, His main purpose was to provide the ultimate sacrifice for sins (bad things we do), by living a completely sinless life Hebrews 4:15, dying on a cross Colossians 1:19-20, and rising from the dead Romans 6:9-10.

 

It is through belief in Jesus and His sacrifice for sins that one is declared righteous and free from sin.1 One who believes in Jesus follows Him,2 being indwelt by the Holy Spirit, who guides Christians as they become conformed to the image of Christ Romans 8:29. So, those who believe in Jesus are declared righteous and will spend eternity with Him in heaven.

Finally

God is the ultimate Being in existence, perfect in power, love, and character. Since God wanted to share His love with others, He created the angels and human beings were spiritual creatures who can relate to Him. Because God is love, He wants us to love Him and love other people. Matthew 22:37-40.

 

God came to earth in human form as Jesus of Nazareth to teach us about Himself and to provide the ultimate sacrifice for our sins, so that those who believe can have fellowship with Him. The Bible encourages all people to turn from their selfishness to become lovers of God, to fulfil God’s perfect law of love.

 

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