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John 1:14 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

The evangelist having asserted the divinity of Christ in the foregoing verses, comes now to speak of his humanity and manifestation in our nature: The word was made flesh.

Where note, 1. Our Saviour's incarnation for us.

2. His life and conversation here among us. He dwelt or tabernacled for a season with us. In the incarnation or assumption of our nature,

Observe, 1. The person assuming, The Word, that is, the second person subsisting in the glorious Godhead.

Observe, 2. The nature assumed, flesh; that is, the human nature, consisting of soul and body.

But why is it not said, The Word was made man? but, The Word was made flesh.

Ans. To denote and set forth the wonderful abasement and condescension of Christ; there being more of vileness and weakness, and opposition to spirit, in the word flesh, than in the word man.

Christ's taking flesh implies, that he did not only take upon him the human nature, but all the weaknesses and infirmities of that nature also, (sinful infirmities and personal infirmities excepted,) he had nothing to do with our sinful flesh. Though Christ loved souls with an infinite and insuperable love, yet he would not sin to save a soul. And he took no personal infirmities upon him, but such as are common to the whole nature, as hunger, thirst, weariness.

Observe, 3. The assummption itself, He was made flesh; that is, he assumed the human nature into an union with his Godhead, and so became a true and real man by that assumption.

Learn hence, That Jesus Christ did really assume the true and perfect nature of man, into a personal union with his divine nature, and still remains true God, and true Man, in one person, for ever.

O blessed union! O thrice happy conjunction! As Man, Christ had an experimental sense of our infirmities and wants; as God, he can support and supply them all.

Note farther, 2. As our Saviour's incarnation for us, so his life and conversation among us; He dwelt, or tabernacled amongst us. The tabernacle was a type of Christ's human nature.

1. As the outside of the tabernacle was mean, made of ordinary materials, but its inside glorious; so was the Son of God.

2. God's special presence was in the tabernacle; there he dwelt, for he had a delight therein. In like manner dwelt all the fulness of the Godhead bodily in Christ; and the glory of his divinity shined forth to the eye and view of his disiples; for they beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father; that is, whilst Christ appeared as a man amongst us, he gave great and glorious testimonies of his being the Son of God.

Learn hence, That in the day of our Saviour's incarnation, the divinity of his person did shine forth through the veil of his flesh, and was seen by all them that had spiritual eye to behold it, and a mind disposed to consider it. We beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father.

Consult other comments:

John 1:14 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

John 1:14 - The Greek Testament

John 1:14 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 1:14 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 1:14 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

John 1:14 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 1:14 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 1:14 - B.H. Carroll's An Interpretation of the English Bible

John 1:14 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 1:14 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

John 1:14 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 1:14 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 1:14 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 1:14 - Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

John 1:14 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 1:14 - F.B. Meyer's Through the Bible Commentary

John 1:14 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 1:14 - Geneva Bible Notes

John 1:14 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 1:14 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 1:14 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

John 1:14 - The Great Texts of the Bible

John 1:14 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 1:14 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 1:14 - Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae (Old and New Testaments)

John 1:14 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

John 1:14 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 1:14 - A Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, Critical, Doctrinal, and Homiletical by Lange

John 1:14 - Cornelius Lapide Commentary

John 1:14 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

John 1:14 - Expositions Of Holy Scripture by Alexander MacLaren

John 1:14 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

John 1:14 - Church Pulpit Commentary

John 1:14 - Peake's Commentary on the Bible

John 1:14 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

John 1:14 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 1:14 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 1:14 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 1:14 - Ryle's Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

John 1:14 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 1:14 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 1:14 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 1:14 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

John 1:14 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 1:14 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament