By Walter Beuttler
"If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest
for her as for hid treasures, then shalt thou
understand the fear of the Lord, and find the
knowledge of God." Proverbs 2:4-5.
We are to place a very high premium on the true knowledge
Suppose a large sum of money was buried near us, which would
be ours if found. We would not sit and think about it, but
rather, we would begin to search for it.
The treasure of the Knowledge of God that is hidden within
the Word of God is of far greater value than any earthly fortune.
And, it also requires that we search for it. This heavenly
treasure is purposely hidden, because it is not intended for
those who are half-hearted, or indifferent.
There are three tests concerning our qualification to partake
of the knowledge of God; it is to be highly valued, earnestly
desired, and diligently sought after.
Moses asked that he might understand the ways of God.
“If I have found grace in Thy sight, shew me now
Thy way, that I may know Thee." Exodus 33:13b.
The Lord responded to this desire,
"My presence shall go with thee, and I will give
thee rest." Exodus 33:14.
The knowledge of God and His manifest presence are closely
One year, I had laid before the Lord my itinerary from Philadelphia
to Los Angeles, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Manila, and Singapore. I
did not know which way to go from there, as I had invitations
which required completely different routes. I could go south
to Australia and then back to the west coast, or westward
through Europe to the east coast.
I said, "Father, I do not know where to go after Singapore."
I then waited in His presence, and suddenly the Lord spoke.
The words were, "I will meet you at the pyramids."
I knew what He meant and accordingly laid out the rest of
In due time, around 3:30 AM, we were approaching Cairo on
an Indian Airlines flight, and I wondered where the Lord would
meet me. I said we, as I was alone, but not alone. There is
a hotel near one of the pyramids where I stopped several times
to rest. I had sat there alone for hours, looking out across
the desert toward the pyramids. I thought that this was where
the Lord would met me.
As I watched the city lights in the distance, there suddenly
came a strong manifest presence of the Lord. He had come to
me before we arrived, and I entered into that lovely country,
distinctly aware of His being with me. It was as the Lord
had said to Moses, "My presence shall go with thee, and
I will give thee rest."
To experience the "manifest presence of the Lord"
is a marvelous reality which quickens and renews every aspect
of our being. It produces a deep inner satisfaction which
cannot be explained, only experienced.
In John 4:24, Jesus said, "God is a Spirit." In
Luke 24:39, He said, "Behold my hands and my feet, that
it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not
flesh and bones, as ye see Me have."
When Jesus was born of Mary, a change took place in the Godhead.
The second person of the Godhead, Jesus, took on a body. From
that time, one member of the triune God
head, has a body.
The first person of the Godhead, the Father, is also a person.
He can see, feel, hear, and speak. He has a will and emotions.
God has all of the attributes of personality, yet He does
not have a body. Paul said, "Absent from the body, present
with the Lord." When we die we are no less a person after
our death than we were before our death.
Paul called this body a house. Thus we are not seen, but
rather, the house in which we live. Someday, we will vacate
it, but still live. This is important, as we must differentiate
between personality and corporeality. Therefore, I think of
God as a person regardless of the fact that He does not have
a material body.
Consider Numbers 12:8a.
"With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently,
and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD
shall he behold."
"Similitude" speaks of the form, shape, or likeness
of the Lord. Thus, it can be said that even though God is
a Spirit personality, He nevertheless has a form.
Some theologian say these terms are anthropomorphic. That
is, the words that signify form are only used to convey the
aspect of spirit being. But to apply this to the shape and
form of God is to destroy much spiritual truth in the Word,
which should be taken as literal.
For example, the revelation of the shape and form of God
is explicit in the following passage of Scripture.
"And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place by Me,
and thou shalt stand upon a rock: And it shall come
to pass, while My glory passeth by, that I will put
thee in a cleft of the rock, and will cover thee with
My hand while I pass by: And I will take away mine
hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but My face
shall not be seen." Exodus 33:21-22.
The Word tells us, "And there shall no man see Me and
live." This refers to the face of God, "But my face
shall not be seen." When Jesus said, "no man has
seen God at any time," He is saying that no man has seen
the face, or the full glory of God. But Moses saw other parts
The Lord shielded Moses from seeing His face because, if
in his curiosity, he turned to see the face of God, he would
die as he could not stand the revelation of the full glory
of God. Notice that God speaks of His hands, His face, and
His back. The implication is that God appeared to Moses in
Although God is a Spirit personality with a non material
form, this Spirit form is similar to the human form. When
God said let us make man after our own likeness and in our
own image, He created man with a physical form like unto His
general spiritual form.
"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after
our likeness." Gen 1:26a.
"And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat
a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called
his name Seth." Gen 5:3.
Notice that the same terms are used concerning the form of
God and of man. Therefore, it is logical to assume that there
is a certain resemblance, as to form, between God and man.
The Word tells us that the pure in heart shall see God. As
we come to the Lord in simple faith and trust, and wait upon
Him, He will not only reveal His manifest presence to us,
but He will make Himself known to us, in terms and ways we