July 27, 2020
The word incarnate, John 1:9-14
9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Literally, tabernacled among us. First creation, then incarnation. The agent of creation enters into his creation. He took upon himself man’s nature. When he comes into his created order, because it had fallen, the creation suppressed truth in unrighteousness. He came to his own (those he had tenderly lovingly made) and they rejected him. They did not receive him. But did some receive him.
Verse 14, a person (not a principle), eternal son of the eternal father, as much God as the Father is God. He became flesh. Sarx (σὰρξ) means real humanity. Sin is not essential to humanity. Adam and Eve were true humans before the fall. We will be fully human in heaven without sin.
He becomes made sin for us, that we might made the righteousness of God in him.
And dwelt in our midst.
The Greek verb means to tabernacle. ἐσκήνωσεν (skénoó). John Owen translated, “and pitched his tent among us”. The tabernacle and temple were pointing to the person and work of Jesus. All that the tabernacle stood for is what Jesus is.
5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.