Spirits, compared to physical matter are completely different. One large religious group who considers themselves Christian, yet deny that Jesus was a member of a triune Godhead poses a question which should be understood by all who desire to follow Jesus. They accept the position that Jesus was the Son of God, but deny his holding the position of deity. And the question has been asked, as to how he could have been seen by man when the Bible plainly states that no one has seen God and no one can see God and live. Let’s look at what is said in the scriptures. Below are two verses, each shown in the King James Version and the New American Standard Version
And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. (Exodus 33:20 KJV)
But He said, “You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!” (Exodus 33:20 NASV)
No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. (John 1:18 KJV)
No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him. (John 1:18 NASV)
There is no question here that God is not visible to the eyes of humans. And it is very simple to explain. God is a spirit and spirits are not, in any way, made of physical matter. None. There is nothing there which will reflect light, which is the only means of giving human vision. Now, notice the first two quotes above. The translation is slightly misleading. But it does not refer to the fact that if one did see him, he would cease to live. It means that one cannot see him with human eyes…that one may not see him as long as they live, in the flesh.
The reason man could see Jesus was because he was human. Yes, he became flesh and blood in order to become our savior and our mediator. He had his 100% spirit of deity, yet he became 100% human in the flesh so he could live among men and prove that one could live a sinless life. This is not difficult to understand, especially if one believes he was truly the Son of God. To say one could never see God manifested some way physically, is to deny much of the Bible.
There are numerous passages of scripture where God appeared to others in some manner. God appeared to Moses as a flame in a burning bush. The flame was there but it spoke to Moses and it never consumed the bush. (Exodus 3:2)
Another proof that Jesus was a part of the triune Godhead can be found explained in the first chapter of the epistle of John:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (John1:1-14 KJV) (Notice the phrases in bold type show that the Word, was the Spirit Jesus, in that was in the beginning and that it was made flesh and dwelt among those who wrote the scriptures.)
A statement taken from the Apologetics Press article by Eric Lyons and shows why the theory of Jesus not being deity, would also apply to Jehovah by using the same criteria.
The second problem with Jehovah’s Witnesses’ denial of Jesus’ deity (based on the fact that “no one has ever seen God”) is that their argument crumbles when Jehovah God’s appearances to man are considered. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that Jehovah is God and “is the name of the true God only” (“Identifying…,” 2002). According to their doctrine, Jehovah, not Christ, is God Almighty. Yet, man has seen Jehovah. Genesis chapter 18 records an occasion when “Jehovah appeared” to Abraham near Mamre (vs. 1). Jehovah spoke directly to Abraham (vs. 13), and the faithful servant of God “stood before the Lord” (vs. 22). The final verse of Genesis 18 states: “And Jehovah went his way, as soon as he had left off communing with Abraham. And Abraham returned unto his place” (vs. 33). If Jehovah’s Witnesses were consistent with their argument, Jehovah could not be Almighty God because man has seen Jehovah. If John 1:18 somehow disqualifies Jesus from being God, it must also prohibit “Jehovah” from being God, because they both were seen. What Bible students must understand is that man has only seen manifestations of God (i.e, in human flesh, or in the midst of a burning bush—Exodus 3:2, etc.); he has never seen God (the Father or the Son) in His true spirit image. (How Could Jesus be God if He was Seen by Man? -Apologetics Press, Eric Lyons)
It seems to be an extreme and dangerous mistake to deny the deity of Jesus and to deny that he was/is a member of the triune Godhead. It would take some serious explaining the meaning for instance of: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” (Matthew 28:19 KJV)