Worship and Images: Does the Bible Allow Pictures of God?


As Reformed Christians, we focus our attention ultimately on Scripture, living “by faith and not by sight.” Yet, God has accommodated to our weakness and nature by giving us a visual representation of Jesus Christ in the Lord’s Supper. This is the only picture we need in this age. It was the same for Israel. God told Israel that they “saw no form” of the Lord, so they should “beware lest you act corruptly by making a carved image,” of the Lord (Deut 4:15). It is the same with audible revelation. God commands Israel to “not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it” (Deut 4:2). Just as we don’t have the right to make up words God said, why should we be able to make up a physical appearance for Christ, which we currently have no access to?

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