Jn.14:8-10 – Philip spoke up, “Lord, show us the Father, and that will be all that we need!”
Jesus replied, “Philip, I’ve been with you all this time and you still don’t know who I am? How could you ask me to show you the Father, for anyone who has looked at me has seen the Father. Don’t you believe that the Father is living in me and that I am living in the Father?
This is one of the most riveting passages in all of scripture. Jesus had just said “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man comes to the Father but by Me”. Then He goes on to say “If you have seen Me you have seen the Father”. This brings us right back to this, many who have eyes cannot see. How many thousands saw Jesus of Nazareth when He was here on earth but never “saw” the Son of God. This passage is a portal into the deepest of all mysteries, the glory of God seen in Jesus Christ. Here is how Jonathan Edwards sees this passage.
“We behold the glory of God as in the face of Jesus Christ, who is the brightness of God’s light or glory, as it were reflected, and is the express image of the Father, the perfect image of God, as the image in a plain and clear looking glass is the express image of the person that looks in it. And that is the only way that the glory of God is seen by his church; he is seen no other way, but in this perfect and as it were reflected image. For “no man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son of God, that is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him”; he is “the image of the invisible God”. And he that hath seen the Son, hath seen the Father; and the Father is seen no other way, but by the Son. And ’tis only by this image is Christ seen in heaven by the saints and angels there. Yea, ’tis by this image only that God sees himself, for he sees himself in his own.
So have you really “seen” the Lord. Spiritual vision that beholds Christ will be your undoing. From that moment you can no longer take religion with no power, when you see God in Christ it changes your perspective of everything. From that day forward “seeing Him” is the greatest pleasure of life.”