No man has seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he has declared him.
Could we entertain for a moment the supposition of God condescending to contrive some resplendent form, some radiant shape of superhuman majesty and loveliness, by which to convey to man a conception of His spiritual glory, we might conceive the universe to be searched in vain for the materials of such a production. We might give the rein to fancy, and imagine the sun robbed of its glory and the stars of their splendours, and heaven, earth, sea, skies, all the myriad worlds in space, combining to surrender whatever of beauty or grandeur they contain; still would the result be miserably insufficient to portray the unapproachable glory of the invisible Being of God. "These are but parts of His ways; how little a portion is heard of Him! but the thunder of His power who can understand?"
(J. Caird, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.