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Day 4 | Invisibility Application

Read John 1:1–18

The primary doctrine of Christianity is an invitation to dare to believe a scandalous, yet wonderful, idea. The idea that the invisible, immutable, and omniscient one true God—the maker of Heaven and earth and Lord of all creation—willingly chose to make Himself seen and knowable by wrapping Himself in the frailty and familiarity of humanity. This is a significant point of Christian theology because it separates Christianity from all other spiritual belief systems.

All other world religions teach that the invisible, unapproachable, and perfect god (or gods) dwells in some inaccessible, spiritual place: like the summit of the world’s tallest mountain. Humanity’s goal in religion is to scale the spiritual mountain, hopefully, to someday get to this invisible god through things like good works, religious observance, and morality. Any misstep or miscalculation will send us teetering off the edge into an abyss of judgment and destruction.

However, Christianity teaches something entirely different.

“The Word…”—the invisible, perfect, and unseen God
“…became flesh…”—clothed Himself in human flesh in the incarnation.
“…and dwelt among us…”—He came for us and lived in our world tattered by
brokenness, filth, muck, and mire.

Christianity doesn’t teach that we must scale the spiritual mountain to get to God. It teaches that God came down from the mountain to get to us.

Jesus said, “The one who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). Through the narrative of God’s Word, we see the glory of the invisible God made manifest through the person of Jesus (Colossians 1:15). If we believe upon and trust in Him for salvation, someday we will see God face-to-face through Christ. “We know that when He appears, we shall be like him because we will see him as he is” (1 John 3:2).

How do we see this invisible God? By looking at Jesus and trusting in Him. If we do, His blood will cleanse and make our hearts pure. Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” (Matthew 5:8, emphasis added).

Pray for 10 minutes