What Does God Look Like? It May Surprise You

What Does God Look Like?

Because God is a spirit, He doesn’t have a physical appearance, at least not that we can see.

However, the Bible is filled with descriptions of God’s appearance, but it doesn’t give us a clear picture of what He looks like. Instead, the Bible gives us hints and clues as to His nature and characteristics. These verses usually aren’t meant to be taken literally. Rather, they are meant to help us understand more about who God is.

For example, the Bible tells us that God is like a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24). This doesn’t mean He’s literally made of fire, but it does mean that His power and love are so strong that it can consume anything in its path. He is also described as having eyes that penetrate the depths (Psalm 139:12). This doesn’t mean He has literal eyes that can see into our souls, but it does mean that He has an omniscient understanding of everything in creation.

Common Descriptions of God’s Appearance In The Bible

One of the most common descriptions of God found in the Bible is a holy being on a throne that is surrounded by angels. Ezekiel 1:26-28 says, “Above the expanse over their heads was what looked like a throne of sapphire, and high above on the throne was a figure like that of a man. I saw that from what appeared to be his waist up he looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, and that from there down he looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded him. Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him.”

Furthermore, Revelation 1:14-15 states that “His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of rushing waters.”

These descriptions are meant to help us understand that God is powerful, majestic, and holy. He is far beyond anything we can comprehend with our human minds. We aren’t meant to think that God literally has white hair and bronze feet. Rather, these are metaphors that help us to understand His greatness and glory.

Another common description we get from the Bible is that God is invisible. In 1 Timothy 1:17, Paul writes, “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” This verse emphasizes that God is not something we can see or comprehend with our physical senses.

God is also described as having a face of pure light in various passages (1 Timothy 6:16). This is a reference to His glory, which shines brighter than the sun. The Bible also paints a picture of God that is majestic and powerful.

In Isaiah 6:1, Isaiah says that he saw “the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up.” This verse talks about the power and authority of God as He sits on His throne surrounded by angels.

The Bible also describes God with anthropomorphic language. This means He is described using human-like characteristics or traits. For example, in Exodus 34:6, we read that “The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, ‘The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering and abounding in goodness.’” Here God is described as having human qualities like mercy and grace.

So while we cannot know what God looks like, we can gain insight into His character from the descriptions in the Bible. He is invisible, majestic and powerful, and full of love and grace. As we draw closer to Him through prayer and study of His Word, our understanding of Him deepens.

The Bible is the best source of information when it comes to discovering what God looks like. Through reading Scripture and meditating on its truths, we can gain a deeper understanding of who God is and how He desires us to live our lives.

God Looks Like Jesus

The Bible tells us that Jesus is the perfect representation of God. He is the visible representation of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15). Jesus is described as being “the image of the invisible God” in Colossians 1:15.

John 1:18 says, “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.” This verse tells us that Jesus is the perfect representation of God because He was sent to show us what God looks like.

When we look at Jesus, we get a glimpse of who God is. We can see His love, mercy, grace, and power through Jesus. Jesus showed us what it looks like to be a perfect representation of God. He sacrificed His life for us and embodied the characteristics of God in all that He did.

So when we think about what God looks like, we can look no further than Jesus. His life was an example of what it means to live in perfect harmony with God and to be a reflection of His love. Jesus is the perfect example of what it looks like when we put our faith in God and follow Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.

In John 14:9, Jesus says “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.” This is a powerful reminder that when we look at Jesus, we can gain insight into what God looks like. By studying His life and putting our trust in Him, we can draw ever closer to an understanding of who God is.

We Look Like God

Interestingly, the Bible also says that the more we love God, the more we come to look like Him. In 2 Corinthians 3:18, Paul writes “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.”

This verse tells us that as we look at God’s glory and become more and more like Him in our thoughts, feelings, and actions, we become more like Him in our physical appearance. We start to look more like the image of God that was created in us when we were first made.

So while it is impossible for us to know what God physically looks like, we can gain insight into His character by reading Scripture and meditating on its truths. As we grow in our relationship with Him, our understanding of His character deepens and we become more like Him. We can also get a glimpse of what God looks like by looking at Jesus—the perfect representation of the invisible God. Ultimately, when it comes to knowing what God looks like, He is far greater than anything we could ever imagine.

Bible Verses About What God Looks Like

Deuteronomy 4:24 – “For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.”

Psalm 103:8 – “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in love.”

Colossians 1:15 – “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.”

John 14:8-9 – “Philip said to him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.’”

Romans 8:29 – “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.”

2 Corinthians 3:18 – “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”

1 John 4:8 – “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

Isaiah 6:3 – “And one called out to another and said: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”

Hey, I'm Stephen Altrogge. I'm a dad and published author. I've written for The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, ERLC, Church Leaders, Crosswalk, and many more outlets. You can follow me on Instagram and Facebook .

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  3. I appreciate your article. It’s much more informative and honest than most other articles to this subject. Others seem to focus on the “unknowability” of God. I fiercely disagree and I believe the Bible is way more forthcoming on this topic. I know I’m posting >1 year later, but I’d like to ask why Christianity has to render the word “invisible” (Gr “aoratos” = not seen to the naked eye) to mean”ethereal” in Col. 1:15? Just because I can’t see it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t have form. I can’t see planet Saturn with my eyes when I look in the night, but I’m sure it’s there and it definitely has a form. Isn’t it Aristoleism ethereal heavens theories that crept into post-apostolic Christian doctrine to suggest an ethereal God without form or parts? I don’t feel like this is taught anywhere in the Scriptures, but rather from Nicene Creed material.

    1. I absolutely believe that Christ looks like the Father (John 12:45, 14:9, 28, 2 Cor 4:4, Col 1:15)
    Christ’s resurrected body had flesh and bone (Luke 24:36-43)
    2. He obviously had a distinguishable appearance similar to man, with parts (John 20:11-17, John 20:27, Acts 7:55-56, Acts 9:17,29 & 1 Cor 9:1)
    3. And we will look like Him (1 John 3:2) as we are transformed by the Spirit to look like Him (2 Cor 3:18), Rom 8:29.
    4. Then it must follow: those transformed by the Spirit look like GOD!!! Which makes sense since He is the Father of spirits (Heb 12:9) and we are His offspring (Acts 17:29 Gr -Offspring = “kind”, “Race,” “family,” “descendent.”) We know God by the things that He made (Rom 1:18-20), which the very first thing we learn in the Bible, is that He made things to produce after their own kind! So had God produced after His own kind also (Gen 1:26, 27 with 5:3 – pay attention to the Hebrew used here). Gods in embyro we are!!!! (Ps 82:6 with John 10:33-39)– IF we remain faithful to Christ and suffering with Him (Rom 8:16-17).

    What are your thoughts?


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