5. The Image of the Invisible God

The Most High God is the Invisible God

The most High God is the invisible God.

Satan said in his heart:

‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will be like the Most High.’

(Isaiah 14:14)

Of course, the most High God, does not really live above the clouds. The meaning is simply that He is unseen by everyone.

Paul said that God “dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see” (1 Timothy 6:16).

John said that “no one has seen God at any time” (John 1:18).

And Jesus said: “You have neither heard His voice, nor have you seen His form” (John 5:37).

Melchizedek, Priest of the Most High God

We were first introduced to the most High God in Genesis 14. Melchizedek was the Priest of the Most High God.

The writer of Hebrews said that even Melchizedek was Christ. He described Melchizedek as a King “without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life” (Hebrews 7:3).

Then he explained Christ as “a high priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek” (Hebrews 7:17).

Jesus Christ has always been the mediator between God and man. Jesus said “no one comes to the Father but by Me” (John 14:6).

Two YHVHs

After Melchizedek, we find the invisible God again in Genesis 19:24:

“Then YHVH rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah,
from YHVH out of the heavens.”

In this verse, the first YHVH was the God who appeared to Abraham, as a man, and warned him of God’s plan to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. The second YHVH, was the invisible God, who resides in “the heavens.”

Most remarkably, God, remembered this account from His own perspective in the Book of Amos, when He said: “I overthrew some of you, as ELOHIM overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah…” (Amos 4:11).

Here, the invisible God called the Spirit of Christ “ELOHIM.” This is one of many passages where God called Christ “ELOHIM.”

God called Christ “ELOHIM”

God also called Christ ELOHIM in Psalms 45:6

“Your throne, O ELOHIM, is established forever.”

In Hosea 1:7

“I will save them by YHVH their ELOHIM.”

And in Exodus 3:16

“say to them YHVH the ELOHIM of your fathers has appeared to me.”

The Visible God was Christ

The word “appeared” in Genesis 12:7; 17:1; 18:1; 26:2, 26:24; and 35:9 identified the Spirit of Christ as the God who appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This was not the invisible God, who has never appeared to anyone.

Most of the appearances of Christ as God were relatively undescribed. But there are very vivid examples of God revealing Himself with human image: walking in the garden with Adam, appearing as a man to Abraham; showing Moses His back, and sitting before the seventy elders.

Many appearances of God were in the form of visions. But even these visions are identified as appearances of the Spirit of Christ. The Spirit of Christ appeared as God to speak to Isaiah, saying, “who shall go for Us?” The Ancient of Days, seen by Daniel, was identified as the Spirit of Christ in Revelation 1:14. The vision of God on the throne with the rainbow over His head in Ezekiel 1 and Revelation 4, was identified as the Spirit of Christ in Revelation 10:1.

The Spirit of Christ is always the image of the invisible God.