Jn.1:18 – No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.
Over the years I have learned quite a bit from reading the sermons and other writings of Jonathan Edwards. One of these things that stands out to me is his revelation of heaven. Very few Christians and no lost people have any idea of what heaven is like. First of all it is eternal, it is totally different from anything we are familiar with in this temporary and created world. Secondly, and more importantly, is the focus of heaven. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit will be unveiled to us in the kingdom of God. They are eternal and uncreated. In other words there is no end to their beauty. It will take eternity for us to discover the beauty of God, it will be far different and better than we could ever imagine. Here is an excerpt from Edwards on the glory of heaven.
“None has ever immediately seen the Father, but the Son; and none else sees the Father any other way, than by the Son’s revealing him. And in heaven, the spirits of just men made perfect do see him as he is. They behold his glory. They see the glory of his divine nature, consisting in all the glory of the Godhead, the beauty of all his perfections; his great majesty, almighty power, his infinite wisdom, holiness, and grace, and they see the beauty of his glorified human nature, and the glory which the Father hath given him, as God-man and Mediator. For this end, Christ desired that his saints might “be with him, that they might behold his glory”. And when the souls of the saints leave their bodies, to go to be with Christ, they behold the marvelous glory of that great work of his, the work of redemption, and of the glorious way of salvation by him; desire to look into. They have a most clear view of the unfathomable depths of the manifold wisdom and knowledge of God; and the most bright displays of the infinite purity and holiness of God, that do appear in that way and work; and see in a much clearer manner than the saints do here, what is the breadth and length, and depth and height of the grace and love of Christ, appearing in his redemption.”
No matter how great you imagine this view of Christ to be it is still incredibly under-stated. He is breathtaking. One glimpse for ourselves and we will begin to know what Solomon meant when he said “He is altogether lovely”.