Unapproachable Light


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JW POSIT: It is impossible for Jesus Christ to be in heaven as a human being in the
presence of God because 1Tim 6:16 says that the king of all kings dwells in an
unapproachable light, whom "not one of men" has seen or can see.

RESPONSE: The Greek word translated "unapproachable" also means inaccessible;
which right there attests that humanity needs a mediator between itself and the light
to provide them at least an indirect access.

Note that the passage below is misquoted. Watch for the revision.

"There is one God, and one mediator between God and men; an angel: Christ Michael."
(1Tim 2:5)

No, that passage doesn't actually say "an angel" nor does it actually say "Christ
Michael". Here it is for real.

"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men; a man: Christ Jesus."

The Greek word for "men", as well as the word for "a man", is derived from anthropos
(anth'-ro-pos) --a common Greek word for human beings in the New Testament.

So it's readily seen from a cursory examination of the Greek that the mediator spoken of
in 1Tim 2:5 is a human being rather than an angel.

Seeing as how Christ Jesus is allowed access to the inaccessible light as a human
being, then it's safe to conclude that there has to be something very unusual about him.

Well; for one thing, his body is no longer that of mortal men. When he went up to
heaven, Christ Jesus' body underwent a miraculous transformation. It's still human, that
we know, but its chemistry is unlike any human body on Earth. (1Cor 15:50-53)

For another, Christ Jesus is not only human, but also divine (John 1:1, John 1:18, and
Col 2:9). That alone would surely be enough to grant him some special privileges, and it
does. For example: the angel Gabriel stands in the presence of God (Luke 1:19) while
Christ Jesus the man is seated. (Ps 110:1, Col 3:1)