And the Word (Christ) became flesh, and lived (tabernacled) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory, glory as belongs to the [One and] only begotten Son of the Father, [the Son who is truly unique, the only One of His kind, who is] full of grace and truth (absolutely free of deception). John 1:14
In the beginning was the Word, He was with God, He was God, He was in the beginning with God, and all things were made by Him. The divine, eternal creator. “And the Word was made flesh, and He dwelt among us.” The tremendous downward sweep from the area of the infinity into the realm of the finite, from the eternal into time. Surely our minds cannot grasp the scope of this.
The disciples, as the years passed, had an opportunity to really reflect upon Jesus and their acquaintance and relationship to Him.
John begins his first epistle much the same way…” [I am writing about] what existed from the beginning, what we (John the Apostle wrote the Gospel of John, this letter along with two others, and the book of Revelation. He and his brother James (also an apostle) were the sons of Zebedee and Salome) have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life [the One who existed even before the beginning of the world, Christ]— 2 and the Life [an aspect of His being] was manifested, and we have seen [it as eyewitnesses] and testify and declare to you [the Life], the eternal Life who was [already existing] with the Father and was [actually] made visible to us [His followers].” 1 John 1:1-2
John is reflecting on his relationship with Jesus. The disciples suddenly realized, “When we heard Him talk, we were listening to the voice of God! When we looked upon Him, were looking upon God! When we touched Him, we were touching God! That eternal life! We saw Him, we gazed, we touched!” Oh, the wonder of it all! John stands in awe and wonder of that experience that he had.
Jesus said, “I and the Father are one.” Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father and then we will be satisfied.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time, and you do not know Me yet, Philip, nor recognize clearly who I am? Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father?’ 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words I say to you I do not say on My own initiative or authority, but the Father, abiding continually in Me, does His works [His attesting miracles and acts of power]. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe [Me] because of the [very] works themselves [which you have witnessed]. John 14:8-11
In other words, “I have been doing the work of God. I have been showing you the Father.”
Do you want to know what God is like? Do you want to know the truth about God? Then you MUST look at Jesus Christ and study Him carefully, for He was God manifested in Flesh. “For the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,” in order that He might reveal the Father unto man. Because man had developed such wrong concepts of God.
God has been maligned and lied against continually by Satan. And even today, Satan continues his work so that people have all kinds of grotesque concepts concerning God. People see God as fury and wrath and judgment, fire and thunder. Reality is, He has a heart that yearns after your love and your fellowship. People even misread the Bible. Jesus shows us the broken heart of God over the failure of man. This is what Jesus shows us as He weeps of Jerusalem. “Oh, Jerusalem, if you only knew your possibilities, if you only knew the potentials, if you only knew the thins that belong to your peace! But you don’t. They are hidden from your eyes, and as a result of your ignorance, devastation is going to come.” And we see His chest as it is heaving, and we hear Him as He is sobbing, as He cries over Jerusalem, and the terror that will come because of their blindness, because of their ignorance. “If you only knew, if you only knew.” He weeps and the impending doom that is coming to man because of the path they have chosen. Here is where you see the broken heart of the Heavenly Father as He is weeping over the lost estate of man. Jesus came to reveal God, in order that we might know the truth about God.
Sadly, many do not believe in the incarnation (a person who embodies in the flesh a deity, spirit, or abstract quality). They state they do not believe that Jesus is God in the flesh. They claim they do not see any reason why God would have to come in the flesh. So, what is the reason for the incarnation? That God might communicate to us the truth about Himself, the truth that had been lost in the garbled concepts man had created of God.
We are sons of God through faith; we have been begotten again through our faith, we have been “born again.” There is only one begotten Son in the sense that Jesus was begotten of the Father and we beheld Him as the only [a] begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. God made man for fellowship. This is the sole purpose of God creating you, that He might receive just praise and glory, all of this from your fellowship with Him. He wants to enjoy and receive that joy and blessing of just fellowshipping with you. Sounds sort of selfish? Perhaps, it is. Nothing I can do about it. That is why God created you and me. That is the only reason why God created us, really, that we might have fellowship with Him.
If you are not fulfilling that primary purpose of your life, then your life is bound to be empty, unfulfilling, and ultimately frustrating. Why? Because you are not fulfilling the basic purpose for which God created you. You are not answering that basic need and necessity in man of worshipping God, fellowshipping with Him. Man did not live long on this planet before he broke that fellowship with God by disobedience, sinning against Go. And the net effect of sin is always that of severing fellowship with God.
“God’s hand is not short, that He cannot save; neither is His ear heavy, that He cannot hear; but your sins have separated between you and God.” Isaiah 59:1-2
Sin always has the effect of separating man from Almighty God, the Creator. In order that man might again have fellowship with God, something had to be done about man’s sin. God first sent Moses and gave Moses the Law: the law of sacrifices, the covering of sin, making possible the restoration of fellowship with God. Basically, these offerings were just fellowship offerings. The communion offerings, the meal offering, in which I would just sit and eat with God and fellowship with Him after the sin offering; then, that offering of consecration, the burnt offering. And then, the peace offering, the fellowship offering, where I just sit down and eat with God and fellowship with Him, but that could not be until first of all, the sin offering. I had to take care, first, of the sin. Therefore, under the law of Moses, the covenant of God through Moses, there was that provision for the covering of sin so that man could be restored in fellowship with God.
The law as God intended it was a tool by which man could into fellowship with God, but an imperfect tool because of man’s failures. There is nothing wrong with the law; it was good, it was holy. But man was still sinful and thus, the necessity of year after year the offering of the sacrifices for sin.
Now, through Jesus Christ, God has established a new covenant of grace and truth. By the law, Moses’ covenant with God, but now through Jesus Christ a new covenant, a new covenant that is established on the grace of God and the truth of Jesus Christ. So, “the law came by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”
be-got’-‘-n (yaladh; “to bear,” “bring forth,” “beget”; denotes the physical relation of either parent to a child, Genesis 3:16; 4:18):
Used metaphorically of God’s relation to Israel (Deuteronomy 32:18) and to the Messianic king (Psalms 2:7); (gennao, “to beget,” or “bear”): generally used of a father (Matthew 1:1-16); more rarely of a mother (Luke 1:13,57); used metaphorically of causing or engendering moral and spiritual relations and states (1 Corinthians 4:15; Philemon 1:10); of the new birth the Holy Spirit (John 3:3). Men who obey and love God as sons are begotten of Him (John 1:13; 1 John 2:29; 3:9; 4:7; 5:1,4,18; compare 1 Peter 1:23). Used especially of God’s act in making Christ His Son: “Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee” (Psalms 2:7) quoted in Acts 13:33 in reference to His resurrection (compare Romans 1:4). The same passage is cited (Hebrews 1:5) as proving Christ’s filial dignity, transcending the angels in that “he hath inherited a more excellent name than they,” i.e. the name of son; and again (Hebrews 5:5) of God conferring upon Christ the glory of the priestly office.
Commentators differ as to whether the act of begetting the Son in these two passages is:
the eternal generation, or
the incarnation in time, or
the resurrection and ascension.
The immediate context of Hebrews 1:5 (see Hebrews 1:3) seems to favor the last view (Westcott). The first view would not be foreign to the author’s thought:
with Hebrews 5:5 compare Hebrews 6:20, “a high priest forever” (Alford). The author of Hebrews thinks of the eternal and essential sonship of Christ as realized in history in His ascension to the “right hand of the Majesty” (Hebrews 1:3). And what is emphatic is the fact and status of sonship, rather than the time of begetting.