In Bible study we need to be aware of words. The word “God” comes from a Greek word “theos” which means deity or divinity. So, reading John 1:1 literally, it would sound like this: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with deity, and the Word was deity. The same was in the beginning with deity.” Jesus possessed deity just as the Father possessed deity.
But verse 14 says, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
The Word was Christ and Christ was deity, but deity became flesh. We do not know what form (substance) deity has but whatever that form, it underwent change. His form changed from whatever form deity has into the form of man — deity “became flesh.” But, He lost none of the glory of deity for John says, “we beheld his glory.” The “we” in this verse evidently refers to the apostles so John puts it like this in 1 John 1:1-3: “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life — the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us — that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.” Though veiled in the garb of humanity, Jesus revealed His glory when He went about preaching, teaching, healing, feeding, touching, loving — in all that He said and did.
We too, must see Him for what He is, so to that end we hear John again in John 20:30-31 saying, “And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” They “beheld His glory” by personal contact. We behold His glory through their words which “are written.”
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