I'm thinking about this sermon I'm writing on 1 John 4:7-19, and one of the key points in the passage is the affirmation that "No one has ever seen God". We have seen something though, and what we've seen is important, and necessary. Indeed, the apostle appeals to what he has seen in the opening words of the epistle. If we haven't seen God, what then have we seen?
1. We've seen the love Jesus gave all those around him.
2. We've seen the love the Father had for us in that He has provided the atoning sacrifice for our sins.
3. We've seen the love of Christians for each other in the sharing of resources to meet physical and spiritual needs.
Dear friends of the Lord, and joint brothers and sisters in Christ, to see God, people must first see love.