THE WORD WAS MADE FLESH
"And the Word was made 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." (JOH 1:14)
Notice that the Holy Son of God became what He was not previously. He was God, and He did not cease to be God, but He became man.
JOH 1:14 says, "And the Word was made flesh " The Word is the Divine title given to the second person in the Trinity. The Lord Jesus Christ, the Son, the eternal Son of God, came down, and was conceived in the womb of a sinful woman. He came down and took upon Himself our human nature; and He was made flesh; and dwelt among us; " and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father " Now wherein did we see this glory, full of grace and truth?
Here we are permitted to enter through the veil of His flesh. Look at what significance there is in the fact that the Word was made flesh. The flesh was the veil, and the veil was separating us and the Holy of Holies. The high priest was allowed to enter once a year into the Holy of Holies, but not without blood. It was through Christ becoming flesh, that you and I now have access into the Holy of Holies.
HEB 10:19-20, "Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh."
It is " the Word was made flesh;" and it is by and through this new and living veil, this new and living way, that the way was made open; that you and I now each and every one of us have access; that we have opening whereby now you and I can enter into the Holy of Holies, and have access unto the throne of God. We now have an opening through that veil, which is His flesh, as "the Word was made flesh," to be able to come unto the throne of God.
God cannot have anything to do with or look upon sin, or the sinner. It was through the Word being made flesh, Christs blood that we now have access. He became flesh, was made flesh, was able to bleed and die. Through this, He was able to appease the wrath of the Father upon our sins, be the propitiation of our sin, and we now again have access. We may enter within the veil, through His flesh.
God was glorified by perfect obedience in our human nature. Satan had attempted to frustrate the purpose of God's creation, and through the fall of Adam it seemed as though he had gained the victory. Satan had bruised the heel of Christ.
When the Word was made flesh, the head of Satan was bruised, that the purpose of Gods creation might stand. What is that? That God might be served by perfection in our human nature.
HEB 7:26 says, "For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens." Here we see the Son of God, having been made flesh, becoming very man, yet, He is undefiled, harmless, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens.
Now the purpose of Gods creation can again stand; He can now be served by human nature with perfection.
Our blessed Saviour was separate from sinners in His walk of life. He was tempted in all things even as we are, therefore He can relate so well to our every trial, and to our every temptation. He was made nigh unto us, but in His walk of life He was separate from sinners in His perfection. In other words, Christ was not a sinner.
HEB 4:14 says, "Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens " This entering into the Holiest of Holies must have been preceded by that great High Priest. It is by Jesus blood and His perfect obedience that He has opened the way and rent the veil in twain. The veil was opened for you and I to enter in.
We have such "a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities [Now we have a High Priest that can be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, because "The Word was made flesh:"]; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." (HEB 4:14b-15)
Thereby the Word being made flesh made a place whereby God and man could again come back into reconciliation. Man now can come and God can again be satisfied with our obedience.
Two things were necessary for Christ to be our substitute and to come as our Mediator. First, that He was rightfully what man coveted. God created man in His own image, meaning that he would be the reflection of the true character of God in our human nature, which was the purpose of Gods creation. When man was tempted, fell, and Satan said, "And thou shalt be as gods, knowing good and evil," man coveted a station which was stolen, of being equal with God. That we can decide what is right or wrong and what is good or evil.
Before God can be pleased in our human nature, we need a Mediator who is qualified to hold rightfully the station which we attempted to steal. He must have a perfect right to that station. He must now, as an act of perfect obedience, surrender that station and humble Himself, and do what we should have done.
We see this in PHI 2:6, "Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God." You and I, in our fallen condition, are robbers and thieves, we come to steal a possession that is not rightfully ours, to be as gods, knowing good and evil. But he "thought it not robbery to be equal with God." He was God! He had a right to that station.
Now for Him to reconcile us with our Father, and for His wrath to be appeased for such blatant theft, our Substitute must rightfully claim that station, surrender it, and submit to the station that we belong in. He, "Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery," to be equal with God.
The second thing Christ must be able to do in order to qualify as our Substitute is to humble Himself. It was out of pride and rebellion that man strove against God to take a position that was not ours. Now He must be able to humble Himself to occupy the station that we were created for.
We see that in PHI 2:7-8, "But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant [God created us to serve Him with perfect obedience.], and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, [It had to be in our human nature that the Word was made flesh, that He could qualify as our Substitute.] he humbled himself, and became obedient " This is what it took for Him to qualify as our Mediator and to appease the wrath of the Father upon our obstinate rebellion. He humbled Himself, and became obedient.
So many people make it as though the blood of Christ is the sole mediation between God and man, through the Son. They overlook that it was His humble obedience wherein the Father was so glorified. The blood of Christ appeased His wrath. The reason that His blood could appease His wrath is because He gave His blood as an act of humble obedience.
See this in PHI 2:8, "And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." Verse 9 starts, "Wherefore " It was on account of, it was in exchange for, it was that wonderful submission, that humble obedience of His dear Son, that He stepped under the wrath of the Father as an act of obedience.
He gave Himself, and through that humble obedience in giving His blood, the Fathers wrath now became appeased. Why? Because He saw such perfect, unconditional surrender to His divine will in any human nature. That is what made the blood acceptable, to appease His wrath. Christ stooped in subjection to the Fathers will, He humbled Himself, and He became obedient unto death, even the death of the Cross.
In the Garden of Eden it was our obstinate rebellion and pride, that we wanted to raise up and take a station with which we had no right. He now, as being properly in that station, humbled Himself, and therein is where He purchased our salvation. This is what was necessary for Him to qualify as our substitute.
The need of the union between those two natures is wherein, "the Word being made flesh." It was absolute necessity, because there was only one way that He could take and have a right to be equal with God, and that is the fact that He was God. This is why the Divine nature and the human nature came together in one. It was necessary for Him to be able to qualify to be our Redeemer, because He must be in the form of God. It was not robbery for Him to be equal with God, and from that station, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. This is why it was so necessary that the Word be made flesh, that there was a union between those two natures.
The unions of the two natures, that is, divine and human, is one of the mysteries of godliness. What is godliness? What is righteousness? Godliness is to love God with your heart, your soul, and your mind. Righteousness is a right attitude toward our neighbor. Now the mystery of godliness is found in the Divine union of these two natures.
1 TIM 3:16 says, "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness [Where do we see this mystery of godliness?]: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory." It was in that Word being made flesh that we see the mystery of godliness, in our human nature, the very Son of God, with perfection, was able to reveal the mystery of godliness. That is to love God above His own life, to love with His heart, His soul, and His mind. This mystery of godliness is revealed in God manifest in the flesh.
How do you and I become recipients of godliness? "Christ in you, the hope of glory." (COL 1:27) This manifestation of the mystery of godliness, of the right attitude toward God is only obtainable by "Christ in you, the hope of glory."
"The Word" was our Saviour's Divine title. It was His name. Turn to REV 19:13, "And he was clothed with vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God." When we say The Word was made flesh, were speaking of the second person of the trinity, the very Son of God, the Mediator. "The Word was made flesh," the Divine nature, God Himself, and our human nature were joined in union.
"The Word was made flesh," speaks of His holy human nature. His Deity, though His flesh veiled it, was not laid aside. His flesh is referred to in the Scripture as a "veil" to the natural eye. His Deity was veiled. The natural eye saw no beauty in the Word that was made flesh, the Son of God, Christ. Do you know why? All they saw was the flesh. His flesh veiled the Deity, but it was not laid aside. His human nature, though sinless, was a real human nature.
LUK 2:52 says, "And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man." He was totally, genuinely human. If we were seeing no distinction, then we would say, "If He was God from the beginning, how could He grow in wisdom? How could He grow in favor with God?" He was genuinely human, genuinely God, with a Divine nature and a human nature.
The incarnation of the Word does not mean that God dwelt in a man, but that God became a man! He became what He was not before. "The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us." God is everywhere present, but when the Lord Jesus Christ was made flesh, He dwelt among us. He was a person. He walked with His disciples, He spoke in the temple, He went to Samaria. He was indeed growing among us.
The union of the Divine and human nature in our blessed Saviour was necessary for Him to be a Mediator. He had to have the Divine and human nature in union in order for Him to mediate between an offended God and us.
Three great ends were accomplished by God becoming incarnate, becoming clothed with flesh.
First, that God might be glorified in the purpose of His creation, that we bear the true image of God. We were to be a true reflection of His character, His holiness, His righteousness, and His love. By reason of the fall we, in our human nature, cannot be a perfect, true reflection of God.
In PHI 2:6-8 it says, "Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, [See the harmony between His Divine nature and His human nature.] and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men." (PHI 2:6-7)
He took upon Himself the form of a servant. He is now become the true reflection of the character of God that God created you and I for, to reflect His perfect nature in our humble service of God.
"And [He] was made in the likeness of men. And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." (PHI 2:7b-8) Therein we see the perfect, unconditional surrender to the will of God.
Secondly, our Saviour needed to be made flesh to become intimately acquainted with the power of temptation, and the infirmities with which we struggle, to become an effective High Priest. For Him to be able to be our effective High Priest, come before the throne of God, the Father in heaven and to be able to effectively present our struggles the groans, the inner sighs, and the sorrows of our hearts, and intercede on our behalf, He had to come to where He understood intimately every trial and power of temptation of Satan, with which you and I are confronted.
We see this in HEB 4:15-16, "For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore " See that connecting word, therefore. It is where we have such an intimate relationship between our Mediator and us. He says, "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy " (HEB 4:16a)
Every time the power of temptation and the power of sin has become a struggle in our soul, we can come boldly, and lay this before the throne of grace, before our Father in heaven, because we have our blessed High Priest who is interceding for us. He so intimately explains to our Father in heaven the power and the nature of that sin and temptation, that we might obtain mercy. " That we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." (HEB 4:16b)
There isnt anything that gives more grace to help than when you and I come to a place of despair. The Holy Spirit takes those precious things of Christ and lifts them up before the eye of faith. Then we see that we are only walking in His footsteps, in that exact spot. We place our foot in that exact print of His feet. We see how He was tempted in that exact thing, how He was mocked, blasphemed, and called the prince of devils.
Then it says in HEB 12:3, about becoming discouraged, "For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds." When you have an eye of faith to look at where Christ stood in that contradiction of men then we dont become so discouraged.
He intercedes now to plead our case, and we find mercy and obtain grace to help in the time of need. When that is lifted up before our eyes, the eye of faith, the Holy Spirit takes those precious things of Christ and reveals them unto us. We consider Him, lest we should become discouraged and faint.
Third, it was necessary for the Word to be made flesh that He might be the Light of The World, a reflection of the true character of God in our human nature, that we may, by His example, know the will of God.
1 JO 2:6-7 says, "He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning." It is not that we have learned a new commandment, but we must walk in His footsteps (as reflectors of the character of God.) That is what you were created for!
But now, Christ has come, and has been a perfect reflection of the character of God. We are to walk in His footsteps and be a perfect reflection of the character of God. Only when Christ is Christ formed in you will that be possible. It is by following and walking in His footsteps and by Christ being formed in you. Then we have the old commandment that God gave Adam in creation: He says, "youve had it from the beginning."
From the time you were created, you were created to reflect the true character of God. Thats why He had to be made flesh to come and reflect the true character of God, that we might walk in His footsteps. These are some of the reasons why our blessed Redeemer must be made flesh.
Now lets see why the union of the Divine and human nature in our blessed Saviour was necessary for Him to be our Mediator and why The Word must be made flesh for Him to be our Mediator. Scripture does not say, "And the Son of God was made flesh," it says "The Word was made flesh." (Joh 1:14) It was by "The Word," that the first creation was brought into being.
We see in COL 1:15-17, "Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist."
He was the Creator. It was by The Word He said, "Let there be light: and there was light." (GEN 1:3) By the power of The Word the first creation was brought into being and also by the power of The Word that you and I are quickened unto a new creation. "The Word was made flesh," and it is by the power of The Word.
ROM 10:17 says, "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." The word faith, in the original, means "persuasion, to become convinced." We become persuaded, we become convinced, by hearing the Word of God. Christ, The Word, is the same power that recreates, as He did in the original creation at the time the world was created.
The ministry of The Word of God is with power and authority. All power or authority was given unto Christ. MAT 28:18 says, "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth."
Notice that Christs authority was very well manifest in the time of His ministry in this world. As an example, MAT 8:8-9 says, "The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, [He saw, he heard, and understood the authority of The Word.] and my servant shall be healed." (MAT 8:8)
It was by speaking the Word that the lame could walk. He said, "Stretch forth thy hand," and the man stretched forth his hand, he was healed, by the power of the Word. "Lazarus come forth," and Lazarus, the dead, was raised. By the power, the authority, of the Word. This is why, the effectual ministry of Christ, was ministered by the power of The Word.
All the wonderful miracles that Jesus performed were done by the power of the Word. He didnt do anything like the Syrian leper, who said, I thought He would come out, and He would strike His hand, and He would pray, and He would, no. He merely spoke the word. Lets see one example in JOH 4:50, "Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth.
And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way." The name "Jesus," comes from the Greek word, onama, which means "a name with authority." To believe on the name of Jesus Christ, means we believe on that name of authority. The man believed the Word. It was the power of the Word that effected the cure.
The power of the Word was Christ's instrument whereby He influenced His people to believe on His name. There was power in the Word, and thereby is the Divine influence. When the Holy Spirit works grace, [the word grace as its used in the New Testament, in the Greek, means, "the Divine influence upon the heart which is revealed in the life,"] it was by the Divine influence of the Word. He used it as His instrument to influence the people to believe and to come in reverent submission to the authority in His name.
JOH 4:50 says, "Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way thy son liveth." He believed the word, and went his way. We read, "And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth. Then enquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him. So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: [now watch the effect of this] and himself believed, and his whole house." (JOH 4:51-53)
Theres where faith begins to work; he believed. The Lord spoke with power, it happened, "and himself believed, and his whole house." Thats how faith is effected in the heart, by the power of the Word.
Our text says in JOH 1:14, "And the Word was made 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."
Look at the significance of the word dwelt. Not only did He have the power of the Word, whereby He effected His faith in the heart, but also now it says, he dwelt among them.
The word dwelt comes from the Greek word, skenoo, and it means, "to tent or encamp as God did in the Tabernacle of old, its a symbol of protection and communion." When it says He dwelt among them, it is pointing to the Tabernacle in the wilderness. He "dwelt among us." He was as the Tabernacle in the wilderness, the meeting place between God and man.
The same word skenoo is also translated as dwell in REV 21:3. See the beautiful harmony, the significance of the word dwell. "And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God." (REV 21:3) God came to tabernacle with men.
The tabernacle is something more than just the place of our abode. The word dwelt means He "tabernacled" with them. " he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them..." It is to be with them, not only to be so physically, but He "tabernacled" with them.
The Tabernacle was the place where God and man met together. If an Israelite wanted to draw near to Jehovah he had to come near to the door of the Tabernacle. When Moses would inquire something of the Lord, he would go unto the door of the Tabernacle. He had to go to that place of meeting between God and man. When the Word was made flesh, God and man met together in one, they became one.
Theres something significant about the Tabernacle. It was humble, unattractive in appearance, made of badger skins; and so was the Divine nature of "The Word" hidden beneath a veil of flesh. There was nothing in the flesh of Christ that was attractive to the human eye and the Tabernacle was very unattractive to the human eye.
ISA 53:1-2 says, "Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him."
The Tabernacle had nothing to gratify the human eye. It was the veil - this veil of badger skin, that was as the veil of His flesh, that veiled from the human eye, that did not see the beauty that there was in the Tabernacle.
The Tabernacle in the wilderness was such a beautiful type of the Word that was made flesh. Scripture says in EXO 25:21-22, "And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee. And there I will meet with thee." You see what was so beautiful about "[He] dwelt among us." He was the place of meeting between God and man. He was the place where you and I meet with God. Theres only one door opened whereby you and I have access unto the throne of Gods grace, and that is in Christ. He is the meeting place, He is where we dwell, i. e., among us.
Now watch this, "And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat." EXO 25:22a If you and I ever know what it is to have communion with God, what it is for our hearts to really flow in the presence of God, it is in Christ, this tabernacle, in that God-man, dwelling among us.
He said, " there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel." (EXO 25:22)
Is it not true that Christ is the meeting-place between God and man? Take notice of PSA 85:10, "Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other."
Do you see where mercy and truth, righteousness and peace, were brought into oneness, into union and communion? Righteousness, the just demands of the law, Gods rule of just wrath upon sin, and peace kissed each other. Where? The meeting place is in Christ. He came to dwell among us. When you and I understand what it is to see Gods just wrath upon sin, and how you and I have sinned, and how we so justly deserve His wrath, then we come to meet our loving God. We meet Him in Christ. Because it was in Christ that His just wrath was satisfied. Mercy and truth have met together, righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Hes come to tabernacle among us.
The true mediation took place between an offended God and our guilty souls in Christ. Christ was our Mediator. Look at 1 TIM 2:5-6, "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time."
He tabernacled among us. He came to dwell among us. He came to make His abode with us. This same Mediator is our tabernacle, our dwelling place, where you and I can dwell in peace with God. It is our meeting place where we meet with God from day to day.
Jesus said in MAT 18:19-20, "Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."
He dwells among us. That doesnt say He dwells with you on this mountain and me in that city and him over there. No. He dwells among us. When we dont forsake the assembling of ourselves together, and theres two or three, then He comes in the midst of us, to dwell among us.
Our text says, "And the Word was made 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." (JOH 1:14)
If we receive but a glimpse of the glory of His "grace and truth," it brings a true believer to confess what the Prophet Isaiah confessed in ISA 6:5. In the book of Isaiah, we see many prophecies of the Messiah, the Mediator. It was a blessed revelation of the Messiah that was given to Isaiah, and he says he had just received a blessed revelation of that glory: "Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts." The glory of the Father is that perfect obedience of His Son, and if you and I ever understand what it is to get a glimpse of that, then we would have to say with Isaiah, "Woe is me! for I am undone "
The glory of the Father is that perfect, unspotted obedience of His Son, and how He gave His lifes blood, as an act of obedience without any hesitation, because the Father had so commanded Him. "I lay down my life, and I take it again," because the Father had so commanded.
This is the glory of the Father. When we see that unspotted obedience and that our best righteousness is but filthy rags, then we have to say with Isaiah, "Woe is me! for I am undone."
Job was a man of whom the Lord said in JOB 1:8, "And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?"
When the Lord gave Job to see the Glory of God, he said in JOB 42:5-6, "I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes." When we get a glimpse of the glory of God, the perfect obedience of the Son of God, the Word that was made flesh, and how He came and dwelt among us, and tabernacled with us, how He came to make a way whereby we can have a place of meeting with God, that we can be brought back into reconciliation with God, when we see the glory of that, then we will understand what Job said, "Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes."
A faith's view of the glory of the Father, i.e., the obedience of His dear Son unto death, even the death of the cross, makes sin become exceeding sinful. Oh, how sinful sin becomes when we see the price that was paid for sin. When we start to see the sinfulness of sin , it leads us to repentance and gives us a remorse over having offended such a loving God.
ROM 2:4 says, "Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?"
Ive heard people talk about "the whip of the law," and "driving people to Christ." Go to EXO 20 and see what happened. When the law came to Mount Sinai, it only drove them away from God, with fear and trembling and quaking.
When we get to see His glory and get a glimpse of the beautiful sacrifice of Christ, through such perfect obedience, then the goodness of God leads us to repentance.
The Father was first glorified by the perfect obedience of His dear Son when He humbled Himself, became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross, as we see in PHI 2:8. When the Lord Jesus was struggling with death, the Father spoke from heaven and said, "I have both glorified it and I will glorify it again," because Christ said, "Father, glorify thy name."
How did He do that? He glorified it again by rewarding His Son for such obedience, as we see in PHI 2:9-10, "Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, [Wherefore in other words, on account of, in exchange for, as His reward for] and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
The Father was now glorified "again" by giving His Son His reward, that kingly throne. And where is His throne? Upon the table of your heart. Do you see how glorified the Lord Jesus Christ is, when He has been placed upon the throne of your heart, and you serve Him without any hesitation, and He is the upper and the chief desire of our heart? Then we see the reward of Christ, that He has now been placed upon the throne of the hearts of His people.
Now the Father is glorified by those who obey His commandment to believe on that Name of authority. We see that in 1 JO 3:23-24, "And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us:"
Our Father expresses His delight in those who live by the law of love by meeting with them in that blessed Tabernacle, the Lord Jesus Christ. We see that in JOH 14:23, "Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." We must keep His commandments of love.
The Word which was made flesh is the Tabernacle wherein we may experience the blessed abode of our God. Our text says, "And the Word was made 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." (JOH 1:14) Amen
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