Christ Reveals the Father
“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. (John 17:3 NASB)
The Bible tells us that when we know God and His Son, we will receive eternal life.
But how are we to know God?
We are to know Him through His Son.
Hebrews 1:1-3 (NASB) tells us:
God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature….
Christ is exactly like God in nature and character. When we see Christ we see God, for Christ reveals the Father to the world.
All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. (Matthew 11:27 KJV)
“We cannot by searching find out God, but He has revealed Himself in His Son, who is the brightness of the Father’s glory and the express image of His person. If we desire a knowledge of God we must be Christlike. . . . Living a pure life through faith in Christ as a personal Saviour will bring to the believer a clearer, higher conception of God.”
“Christ is a perfect revelation of God. “No man hath seen God at any time,” He says; “the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” (John1:18 KJV) Only by knowing Christ can we know God. And as we behold Him, we shall be changed into His image, prepared to meet Him at His coming.”
When Philip asked Christ to show them the Father, Christ answered him and said:
Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? (John 14:8,9)
When we see Christ we see the Father because Christ is the clearest representation of the Father.
“Christ exalted the character of God, attributing to him the praise, and giving to him the credit, of the whole purpose of his own mission on earth,–to set men right through the revelation of God. In Christ was arrayed before men the paternal grace and the matchless perfections of the Father.”
But why was it Christ’s work to reveal the Father to us?
Because men did not know who the Father was. Throughout the ages, men viewed the Father as a cruel, tyrannical God that should be worshipped out of fear. But Christ clearly showed the world who the Father was. By His life, ministry and death Christ revealed the Father, not only to the world, but to the entire universe.
“In his prayer just before His crucifixion, Christ declared, “I have manifested thy name.” “I have glorified thee on the earth; I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.” When the object of his mission was attained,–the revelation of God to the world,–the Son of God announced that his work was accomplished, and that the character of the Father was made manifest to men.”
When we behold Christ, we behold the Father. Through Christ, we are to come to the Father and accept the gift that He has given to us and be saved.