John 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
horao (GSN-<G3708>), like our English seen, means to see with the eyes and also see with the mind. That it means here to comprehend fully or understand is clear from the fact that many men have seen God with the eyes (Gen. 18:2,33; 32:24–30; Ex. 24:10; 33:11; Josh. 5:13; Isa. 6; Ezek. 1:26–28; Dan. 7:9–14; 10:5–6; Acts 7:56–59; Rev. 4:2–5; 5:1–7). The verse could read, “No man has ever comprehended or experienced God at any time in all His fulness, save the only begotten Son . . . . He hath declared Him.” That Christ is the first to experience God in the fullness of the Holy Spirit is clear from Jn. 3:34; Acts 10:38; Isa. 11:1–2; 61:1–2; Lk. 4:16–18.