We Shall See His Face

IMGAnd he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.
Exodus 33:20-23 (KJV)

And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
Revelation 22:3-4 (KJV)

Something that recently occurred to me is that the bible begins with Adam losing his ability to speak face to face with God in the garden and ends with us seeing Him once again. It is our mortal bodies that cannot withstand being in the presence of His glory. Sin cannot be in the presence of God, not the other way around. Moses was no exception, for if he had caught even a mere glimpse of His face he would have died instantly. As it turns out Adam and Eve were wise to hide themselves when they heard His voice in the garden after the fall (Genesis 3:8 KJV).

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:16 (KJV)

The shame that Adam and Eve experienced in the garden over their sin was new to them, but is natural to us. Our knee jerk reaction is to hide ourselves from God, however Jesus died on the cross so that we may have fellowship with our Heavenly Father. Many of those who hear the call of God feel they have to clean up their lives before coming to Christ.

When these wolves teach that God cannot be in the presence of sin it reinforces our tendency to run and hide from God rather than dealing with them by repenting. How many poor souls will miss out on eternal life because they felt they had to 'clean up their lives' before approaching the throne of grace? How tragic! But there is no condemnation for those of us who are in Christ because we heed the conviction of the Holy Spirit and confess our sins often.

When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Mark 2:17 (KJV)

Yes, we can and must make our very best effort to stop sinning completely, however we will continue to be sinners as long as we inhabit these sinful bodies. Some Christians cannot cope with this idea that we are all perpetually sinners and unworthy of God's gift. The truth is that He doesn't expect us sinners to become completely sinlessness, but to repent when we do, as often as necessary. It is a life of humility; we recognize we are no better than the worst of sinners. It is a life of sorrow; knowing how often we offend God in word, thought and deed.

And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
John 6:35 (KJV)

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Matthew 5:6 (KJV)

Without that throne of grace we could not go on, that well of life giving forgiveness that Christ has made available to us for the asking. We who are His are able to drink from it freely. Although our own righteousness is as filthy rags He will clothe us with our wedding garments, His righteousness (Matthew 22:12-13 KJV). Praise God!

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
1 Corinthians 15:52-53 (KJV)

When we are changed we shall have new bodies that are able to behold Him in all of His glory, just as Adam did in the garden of Eden. We will become everything that God meant for Adam to be, and more. We shall be like Him, joint heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17 KJV). We shall look upon His face and not die. How magnificent it will be!

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