The Word became flesh. The Word that was in the beginning with God and was with God became flesh (John 1:1, 14). When before He was Spirit He took on flesh–He became flesh. When He came in flesh He did not have the sin nature that we have, but was born by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:18). He was not tainted by a human father’s sinful nature. Rather, the Word’s very nature was that of God, namely God the Father. This Word that became flesh was perfect in every way. And in this Word we see His glory as the unique and only Son of God. There is none like Him nor will there be any like Him; for He is full of grace and truth being that He is Truth (John 14:6).
John testified about the Word who became flesh (John 1:6-9). John testified that he was not the Light that was to come into the world but the Word of God was the Light. He would illumine those who would believe in Him with grace and truth. It is by His grace and truth that John testified of the One who has a higher rank than he. For what reason did He have a higher rank? “He existed before me,” John said (John 1:15). “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being” (John 1:1-3). He existed before John and the Word was the Creator of all things. Being in the beginning means He was before time and space as we perceive it.
In the Word, we have received “grace upon grace.” This means that we receive one blessing after another. In the Word–in Jesus Christ–the only begotten Son of God–we receive every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Him (Ephesians 1:3). This is by His grace and He continually gives us grace upon grace, blessing upon blessing, and it is in His fullness or perfections. When the Word became flesh and dwelt among men, we have seen in Him the fullness of God being that He is fully and very God.
The Law was given to God’s people through Moses (John 1:17). Through the Word–Jesus Christ–grace and truth were realized. They were realized through the Creation story since He created all things. They are realized by the blessings He graciously bestows upon us because of His grace and truth. And it is in this grace and truth that we see His very character: that of grace and truth. There is no mixture of error in Him as with us. His nature is that of God while still being in the flesh. This Truth who is the Word of God lives in the reality of God’s grace and truth. He only speaks grace and truth; He can do no other.
So this Word of God is the final communique of God to mankind. Jesus Christ has explained God in grace and truth (John 1:18). No one has ever seen God face to face, but Jesus Christ, the Word, the only begotten Son of God, has been face to face with God who is His Father. He has shown who God is in grace and truth. There is no one else who could do this with preciseness like the Word of God who is Truth (John 14:6). Only Jesus Christ can fully explain God to us.
Praise the name of the Word of God: Jesus Christ!