Grace and More Grace! John 1:16

He has fullness. There is a completion, an abundance, a sufficiency in His glory. In verse 14 John says that the Word made flesh is full of grace and truth. This fullness, this grace and truth, is something we have received. It isn’t distant and theoretical and ephemeral; no one has seen God, but we have received of the fullness of His grace and truth in Jesus Christ. His fullness of grace and truth is something which can be apprehended by people.

The Logos Made Flesh, Full of Grace and Truth — John 1:14

  John 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. The Word became flesh. Since we know the story, it is easy to become numb to the shock of this verse. it is all very […]

John 1:13 – Born of the Will of God

who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. who were born. This is the Greek word “gennao”, which means “to procreate”. Those who received Him are given the right to become (“ginomai”) children. this procreative becoming is a birth, a second […]

John 1:12 – The Right to Become Children of God

  But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, As many as received Him. There is no constraint specified as to who received Him. This doesn’t mean just Jews: “as many as” means, anyone who received Him. So, […]

John 1:11 – His Own did not Receive Him

  He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. He “came”. In context, this is most profound. I’m sure that back in Jesus’ day, His coming seemed like a random guy had walked into town and started talking in parables and maybe healing some people, which would seem […]

John 1:10 – The Unknowing World

He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. The world. There is a funny duplicity in the way John uses the word “world”. The world was made through Him. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being […]

John 1:9 – Enlightening Every Man

There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. In contrast to John’s function, which not to be the light but to give witness to the light, there is the true light. I think the reason he says “the true light” is because some people were saying things about John about […]

John 1:6-8 – John the Baptist

1:6 There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light. There is no story given here, John simply cuts to the essential truth of things. There […]

John 1:4,5 – Life and Light

In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. John 1:4 Everyone who is alive at all has the breath of life in them. Even microbes are alive. In a different sense all people are alive. However, there is a unique sense of the word “life” that was in Him that was […]

John 1:3 – the Word Who Creates

All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. All things came into being through Him. Now we have added the notion of creation. The word who is to become flesh (v.14) is the Creator. However, His activity as creator is not His identity. […]