No man has seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he has declared him.
(Children's Sermon): — The ancients tell a story of one who tried to storm the heavens, but was defeated, and had to bear the heavens as a punishment on his shoulders. He was called Atlas, from which we get the name for a collection of maps. Our religion rests upon the one great doctrine of God. How are we to know Him? We can't see Him. But seeing the Queen would not make her known to us; but —
1. If the Queen were to send us a picture painted by herself we should know her knowledge, skill, and love of beauty.
2. If she were to send a kind letter we should know her better.
3. If she sent a daughter exactly like herself we should know her best. In these three ways God has revealed Himself to us.
1. The world is a great picture painted by God. Visit a factory and you see order everywhere, which shows that the man who built and arranged such a place had an orderly mind. So there is order; and wisdom, power, beauty and goodness as well, which tells us something of God.
2. The Bible is God's letter which tells us of God's heart, which nature does not; and what He thinks of us and would have us be and do.
3. Jesus Christ is God's Son, and if we want to know exactly what God is like we must study Jesus. If we want to know how He treats sinners and little children, we must find out how Jesus treated them.
Parallel VersesKJV: No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.