X – God is like an x-ray

And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Heb 4:13

The x-ray was discovered by accident in 1895 by a German physics professor Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen. The original x-ray machines took 90 minutes compared to the 20 milliseconds today. Could you imagine trying to stand still for 90 minutes?

Before the discovery of the x-ray people would just feel around and make their best guess as to where the bullet or tumor was.  He named the machine x-ray because in math x stands for unknown. What was unknown is now known.

The Unknown God

In Acts 17  Paul is in Athens where he sees among all the many idols they worship an idol for the unknown God. Paul gets excited about this because he knows who the unknown God is! He starts telling everyone around him:

“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands.  And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.”

You can read the rest of what Paul said here.  He goes on the share that this God – the one who created the world wants a relationship with them.

God can be known

Like an x-ray God is hidden from our physical eyes because He is a spirit. I sometimes try to imagine what it would be like to see God. If God is so beyond what I can think or imagine He is, How amazing is He? I mean, When I see a sunset, or waves crashing endlessly onto the shore, or Niagara Falls dumping 600,000 gallons of water a second, or the width and vastness of the Grand Canyon as far as my eye can see – I know something amazingly awesome is behind all that we see.

1 Timothy 6:15–17, “He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion.”

While we can’t see God in physical form He has provided a way for us to know Him with our hearts and minds this side of heaven through the Bible, the mediator Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit who indwells us.

The Bible

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Heb 4:11

Jesus Christ

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. John 14:6

Now, this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. John 17:3

The Holy Spirit

John 14:26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”

God wants a relationship with us

He created us and knows us. Often we can be afraid that if someone really knew us they wouldn’t accept or like us.  God’s not like that. He already knows all of our good and bad – and He still loves us. He, like an x-ray machine, can see through all the fake smiles and silent tears. He knows our hearts.  If it ended there, I would be hopeless.  But, not only does He know our hearts – He has the power and desire to help us if we let Him.

O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. Psalms 139:1

For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” Rom 8:1

Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

Can you count how many x-rays you have had in your life? While we can’t see God with our physical eyes, we do see Him working in and around us. How have you recently seen God work in your life?

Fun fact: X was a challenging letter! Did you know in modern English, x is the third least used letter, occurring in only about 0.15% of all words. The least used letters are q and z.

Father in Heaven, Thank you for your unending love for me.  I thank you for creation and the beauty in it. I can only imagine how amazing, glorious and majestic you are.  I want to know you more. “Search me,  God, and know my heart, test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” In Jesus name. Amen. (Psalms 139:23-24)


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Interesting thoughts. I will not read those passages the same again especially Paul’s introduction of the unknown God. What was unknown is now known to those who listen.

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I appreciated learning all the fun facts in addition to the meditations about God. God can be known… interesting. Fully known? My thought is yes, but not while we’re here on earth. I wonder what you think?


Good analogy between x-ray and God’s omniscience (but analogies break down for x-rays don’t reveal all, hence Cat-scans and MRIs and they’ll be something new in the future, yet God still knows…