Keep it Simple Series
At first glance this question seems impossible to answer and almost feels like it should be thrown into the aphotic abyss with all the other unanswerable questions such as ‘where did God come from’? Or ‘how long has God existed’? But not so, this one can be answered to some extent.
Because God is a Spirit, many often think that He does not have a form – a body. But He does. We know that we were made in God’s image and likeness… “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.” [Genesis 1:26 NKJV]; so a good starting point is to look at ourselves in the mirror. We also know that birds, fish, cattle and all other creatures were not made to look like God but we were – the man kind. We can go even further to say that the male form more so than the female looks like God because God is always referred to as He. So God made the man uniquely from the Earth, to look like Him, and spent much time with him before creating the woman from the man. There is great significance in the order in which God created humans, but that’s for another time. Even so as females we still look like our father in the basic human image. When we look at ourselves in the mirror we see the image of God in us.
It is a fact therefore that God’s form consists of a body with arms and legs; a head and face with eyes nose and mouth and so on. For those who saw Jesus when He walked the Earth, and we know that Jesus came into this world as a man; He made it very clear that He looked like His Father. Jesus said to one of His disciples, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? [John 14:9]. So Jesus in His physical form looked like His Father – God; exactly like Him.
To be clear, we look like our Creator, but let us not confuse ourselves by saying our Creator looks like us. The child looks like the parent and not the other way around. We respect and revere our Father in heaven. God also reveals himself to use throughout the scriptures, confirming that He has a heart, senses and feelings. Noah offered burnt offerings on an altar he’d built for God: “And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. Then the Lord said in His heart, ‘I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.’” [Genesis 8:21]. God has emotions and regretted making us until He decided to forgive us; “And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart,” [Genesis 6:6]. But He is also love, and His capacity to love is unparalleled, so He forgave us and sent His only beloved Son to die for us, [John 3:16]. God sometimes gets angry and we see this more in the Old Testament than the New Testament.
Though we cannot see God, we know He is here and there, He is omnipresent, which is to be in all places at the same time. It is natural to wonder what God the Father looks like, because no physical being has ever seen His face so no one can provide an accurate image of Him. The Bible tells us that God is a Spirit and, although He is invisible to us, He does have a spiritual body. When Moses asked God if he could see Him, the Lord responded: “‘You cannot see My face, for no man shall see Me and live!’ Then the Lord said, ‘Behold, there is a place beside Me, and you shall stand there on the rock; and while My glory is passing by, I will put you in a cleft of the rock and protectively cover you with My hand until I have passed by. Then I will take away My hand and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen.’” [Exodus 33:20-23 AMP]
Here, we have confirmation from God Himself that He has a face, hands, front and back parts. He confirms that, if a human being looks at Him, they cannot survive it because His power and His glory are too much for the physical body and mind to comprehend.
So for the moment, we have to be satisfied with knowing that we look like our Father in Heaven, until we are changed and receive our spiritual bodies, when we will see Him face to face.