With Thy Likeness
Is it possible to look like GOD?
As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness. Psalm 17: 15
Not many have achieved this!
What an amazing thought:
To go to sleep,
Encounter the Lord in our sleep,
Then wake up, looking just like HIM!
In Exodus, we see Moses coming down from the mountain with the glory of YHVH GOD so strong, that people requested that he veil his face.
He had talked to God “face to face.”
Moses’ experience with the glory of God:
The Lord sent Moses to deliver Israel without giving him a full revelation of who the God of Israel was. The Lord merely told him, “Go, and say I AM sent you.” But he gave no explanation of who “I AM” was.
I believe this is why Moses cried,
“[Lord]…I beseech thee, show me thy glory” (Exodus 33:18).
Moses had a gnawing hunger and thirst to know who the great I AM was — to know what his nature and character were all about.
And the Lord answered Moses’ prayer.
First, he instructed Moses to hide himself in the cleft of a rock.
Yet, as Moses waited for the glory of God to appear, he saw no thunder, no lightning, no shaking of the earth. Rather, God’s glory came to him in a simple revelation:
“The Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression…” (Exodus 34:6-7).
God allowed Moses to see his glory so that he might be changed by the sight of it! And the same is true for us today. God reveals his glory to us so that, by seeing it, we might be changed into his very own image!
29When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord.
30When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him.
31But Moses called to them; so Aaron and all the leaders of the community came back to him, and he spoke to them.
32Afterward all the Israelites came near him, and he gave them all the commands the Lord had given him on Mount Sinai.
33When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face.
34But whenever he entered the Lord’s presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded,
35they saw that his face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the Lord.
When Jesus / Yahshua / Yeshua was here on earth in physical form, He indicated that when one looked at Him, one could see the Father.
Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? John 14:9
At this point Jesus did not say he was the father, but that he was the likeness, or image, of the Father.
This was due to spending time in heaven, face to face with the Father, so that the Father’s likeness and glory rested upon him, similar to what Moses experienced, but much greater.
Jesus was and is the Image of the Invisible God (Colossians 1:15–29)
Today, Jesus Christ is the express image of who God is.
When our Lord became flesh, it was as a full revelation of the heavenly father’s mercy, grace, goodness and readiness to forgive.
God wrapped up everything of his nature and character in Jesus.
And any revelation of his glory to us now is meant to change us into an expression of Christ!
Face to Face
When we stand before the Lord, whatever we are disappears.
It is as if we do not exist, and only He does.
His presence overwhelms us.
We are not aware much of ourselves, but only Him.
We cannot take our eyes off of Him.
We seem to disappear right into Him.
We are transformed.
It is a time of deep worship and awe.
When this experience is over, the Word says we will reflect His glory to others.
So when people see us, it is as if they are looking right at Him.
Pray that you come face to face with Jesus / Yahshua / Yeshua, the image of the invisible YHVH Father God.
Then share this loving presence with others.