1 John 4:12
No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. 1 John 4:12
Illustrate: knowing something is real, waiting for it, expecting it. Seeing evidences but no definite things---
This is life in many ways.
From the time of Creation forward, no one saw God and knew it---
Even Moses is told in Exodus 33:20 that he cannot see God, for no man can see God and live
This is the fear of Isaiah as he stands in the Temple---My eyes have seen the King, The Lord Almighty.
Yet this is the Grace of God, the story of Christmas:
There is more than just a picture of God
The Manifest Presence of God.
#1: Man could not go to God---his holiness, his righteousness, his greatness---but we lose Him in the cosmos, it's too hard to narrow the focus.
#2: Man desperately needs God---authority, guidance, example, grace
#3: God came to man---to provide the specific we need
#4: Now, Man, will you go to God?
Evening: no outline. 1 John 5