1 Timothy 6:16 (New International Version)
16 who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honour and might for ever. Amen.
Alone immortal, unapproachable, invisible. This is Paul’s God. Was Timothy’s god – is ours – everlasting, approachable, visible? Too common, too accessible, too discernible? Too manageable?
God alone is immortal. The Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, and the Holy Spirit uncreated; the Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Spirit eternal. God was always and always will be. There is no time when God was not and no time when he will not be. Created creatures like men and angels were made in time. While they might live forever after, they did not live forever before. God is the only being with no beginning.
God is unapproachable. God inhabits unapproachable light. God is not unapproachable because of darkness. God is not hidden in darkness or clouds or cannot be found because we are stumbling around with the lights out looking for something we know is there. God shines brighter than the sun, brighter than ten thousand suns; impossible to look at, let alone approach.
God is invisible. No one has seen God or can see him. Jesus says that anyone who has seen the Son has seen the Father, yet still Paul says no one has seen or can see him. Like watching a solar eclipse through a strong filter, the best we might manage is to see God through a glass darkly. The brightness of God is too dazzling for direct vision.
in light inaccessible hid from our eyes!