A True Reflection of His Father - Bible Study Minute - April 3, 2018

A True Reflection of His Father

by Lynette Kittle

“The one who looks at Me is seeing the One who sent Me.”-John 12:25

As God created man and woman in His own image (Genesis 1:27), so children also reflect their parents’ image.

Have you ever seen a little girl or boy who looks so much like their parents that it’s easy to see whose family they belong to and absolutely no doubt from whom they came?

Growing up in a small town in Ohio, this kind of recognition happens all the time. It’s a common occurrence for someone in the community to say, “You look familiar. Who are your parents?”

Often a parent’s image is so undeniably evident in a child it’s not unusual for him or her to be referred to as a “Mini-Me” or a “striking resemblance” of the parent.

What Does God Look Like?

Have you ever wondered what God looks like? If so, have you been bold enough to ask God to show you His face?

Moses did. He asked God to see His face. When Moses inquired God responded with, “you cannot see My face, for no one may see My face and live” (Exodus 33:20).

Although God’s reply may sound harsh, He knows His glory is too great for any human to bear face-to-face.

Still God had a plan to reveal Himself to mankind in a close-up and personal manner, a way to really see Him and live to tell about it.

The Apostle Philip also asked Jesus to see the Father. When He asked, Jesus answered,
”If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him (John 14:7).

Jesus made it clear that seeing Him is seeing God, saying, “Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:7-9).

Reflecting His Image

Scripture supports Jesus’ claim. Hebrews 1:3 that states, “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being.”

As well, Colossians 1:15 describes how “the Son is the image of the invisible God.”

John 1:18 states. “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is Himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made Him known.”

What’s more, 2 Corinthians 4:6 explains how the light of the knowledge of God’s glory is displayed in the face of Christ.

As God is reflected in the face of Jesus, so you can reflect Him, too. Scripture explains how seeking after God has a transforming result, changing those who do into the image of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18). 

Like Romans 13:14 encourages, “clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ.” As you do, you’ll reflect His image to those around you.


Lynette Kittle is married with four daughters. She enjoys writing about faith, marriage, parenting, relationships, and life. Her writing has been published by Focus on the Family, Decision, Today’s Christian Woman, kirkcameron.com, Ungrind.org, and more. She has a M.A. in Communication from Regent University and serves as associate producer for Soul Check TV.

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