God Ever Present

Philip said to Jesus, "Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us." Philip's request indicates the erroneous belief of the ages, that God is afar off, absent, or separate from His creation. In spite of this quite generally accepted false sense, there were many, both before and after the Christian era began, to whom the presence of God was revealed, and their experiences are recorded in the Bible that we may profit thereby.

It was the mission of Christ Jesus to reveal to mankind the nature of God; hence his reply to Philip, "Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?" The "me" referred to was not the personal Jesus, but the spiritual idea, the Christ, which he represented. Jesus demonstrated Christ, defined by Mary Baker Eddy as, "The divine manifestation of God, which comes to the flesh to destroy incarnate error" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 583). God is known only through that which expresses or manifests Him.

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