He Became Flesh
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 significance of this Scripture is very important to understand rightly. The following is a breakdown which explains the true context of it and how the verse corresponds and confirms with many other Scriptures.
Definition of became: to come, change, or grow, to come into being, develop or progress into
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
If you actually take this verse and understand it by starting with the last part and work to the beginning of it, it makes clear who the Word is.
> The Word was God.
> The Word was with God.
With can also mean inserted, Alpha—as in union, or near. So, with these meanings we can grasp that the Word is inserted or put inside God. This is His Seed, His Son (Luke 8:11; 1Peter 1:23; Numbers 23:19—not a son of man). The Seed is not only a part of God, but also included as being exactly Him. An apple tree may produce a seed from its fruit and if planted and cared for, the tree would grow into an apple tree. So, not only did the seed come from the tree but it grew up to be the apple tree as well (like its source). If God is the Tree of Life (which would always produce good fruit that is lasting, Genesis 3:22) then He would have Seed inside (inserted) His fruit that would be planted and eventually grow up to be a tree of life (Revelation 22:2) also because it was from Him.
It’s interesting to say that the process of germination in plants is when a dormant (as if inactive or asleep) seed begins to sprout or grow. Christ compared death to being asleep (John 11:11-13). In order to grow an apple tree from its seed, the seed must first be dried out. The dried out state would be like being dead or dormant. This corresponds to:
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
Christ as the Seed of God was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, AND declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead (Romans 1:3-4). According to Romans 1:3-4 and God’s promise (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4; Acts 2:33)through His Son of the Holy Spirit (John 14:15-21), we may be born according to the flesh in the beginning but through His Son (Christ) and His power, we may be born into a seed of holiness according (or in true agreement in obedience) to the Holy Spirit. In obedience or agreement to the Holy Spirit in all things we can become holy unto God and be resurrected from the dead (or the fleshly nature entirely); becoming a new seed under grace which allows for obedience to the faith (1 Corinthians 15:42-49).
If in Greek the term ‘with’ can mean Alpha in association with union then that just confirms the union of the Son and the Father. They are One (John 17:22; John 10:30). Again, repeating the ending part of the verse, “The Word was God.” Why does Alpha cause a union? When Alpha is the beginning and Omega is the end then what’s between those two points would bring everything in between them into union. Christ is the Alpha and the Omega and He brings into union what’s between the beginning of all things (Revelation 1:8; Revelation 22:13; Revelation 21:6). He brings into union His people with Him in His covenant (John 17:22-23; 1 Corinthians 6:17; 1 John 1:3); and He brings into union the understanding of all things in Truth (John 14:26; John 16:13; 1 John 2:27).
“The only begotten of the Father is full of grace and Truth,” (John 1:14). Christ was full of the Spirit (Truth, Luke 4:1), even His disciple Stephen was (Acts 7:55). This same Truth can fill His people now. It’s the same Truth that confronted and overcame death in the desert (Matthew 4:1-11) and the same Truth that overcame death on the cross. The Truth (Spirit) confronts the flesh (death, Romans 8:5) and overcomes it and once it’s fully conquered, will allow for the resurrection out of the fleshly nature once and for all. Christ came in the likeness of flesh (Romans 8:3) but inwardly He was not full of the flesh at all. He was full of the Spirit of Truth and grace (Hebrews 10:29; John 14:17). What appeared to man (in the fleshly nature) outwardly was just a man like them. Yet He wasn’t. He was a Holy Spirit or God (John 4:24). Faith is the conviction of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). The conviction was inside Jesus. The agreement (covenant of God) was inside Him. He was filled with the covenant, which would return after He left (John 16:7-16), to fill His true people to make them like Him (full of Truth and grace), through their obedience to Him (Spirit). This would not make them like men (as in the flesh), but like God (as His Son is, Romans 8:1-11). The holiness of the Spirit brings resurrection to those that are asleep (dead). When His people obey the Spirit in all things they become resurrected in holiness. Christ was already in the resurrected form before He even died on the cross (Matthew 17:2). Why, because He was full of the Truth and grace.
Men that continue to walk in the flesh, setting their minds on the things of the flesh or this world, will not see the resurrection of Christ nor receive it (Romans 8:5; Colossians 3:2; Philippians 3:18-19). They will be like the Pharisees and Scribes that could not see who Christ was; instead they questioned Christ and continued to falsely accuse Him (Matthew 12:1-14). These men saw Christ as a human and assumed He was like them, but He clearly was not. They set their minds on His outward image and where He came from (Matthew 13:55) instead of discerning rightly (Mark 8:18; Jeremiah 5:21). Their idolatry in their hearts caused them to look at the image and judge rather than fear God and look to Him for understanding (Jeremiah 5:22-31).
Paul said, “The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God,” (Romans 8:16). If men were truly full of the Holy Spirit (Truth and grace IN holiness) they’d rightly be able to discern who are His because their spirit would bear witness to the Holy Spirit filled within them. In the coming days, this uncovering will be revealed to those that are truly His. They’ll be able to discern rightly the Spirit of Truth and grace in His true people and join them to be joint heirs as well (Romans 8:17).
In the meantime the Lord has restrained His revealing of His true sons until an appointed time. Once the Lord takes away the restraints on those walking in lawlessness (or disobedience) the revealing of the false will be obvious because they will be destroyed by His mouth and the brightness of His resurrected holiness (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12). These are the ones that claim to walk with Christ but disobey His Spirit’s leading in all areas of their lives. They know the law of grace but do not truly walk in it (Matthew 23:3). This is why they’re known as lawless ones or disobedient ones. They are the deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, but instead believe He was a man like one of us, in and under sin (2 John 1:7). He was not just a flesh form but a Spirit they could not see. He didn’t walk in sin but in obedience to what the Father told Him to do (John 5:30; John 5:19; John 6:38; John 8:16); and because of that He didn’t walk under the authority of death (flesh/sin) but under the authority of God, no matter HOW it appeared outwardly to others. This same mistake is occurring with the lawless ones in this hour and this is why they do not believe Christ or God coming in the flesh. They do not believe the Truth (Spirit).
The other meaning of ‘with’ which can mean near confirms John 8:16:
But if I do judge, my decisions are true, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me.
To be near is to be in agreement, alongside, or do what pleases (John 8:29). Someone that is ‘near to someone’ is close to them. This requires intimacy. This also would be as a servant would be –at his Master’s feet (John 12:1-8; Exodus 19:17; Numbers 9:17-18; Luke 10:39; Song of Solomon 2:3).
He is near who justifies Me;
Who will contend with Me?
Let us stand together.
Who is My adversary?
Let him come near Me.
The above Scripture speaks of The Servant, Israel’s Hope (the Messiah, Matthew 12:17-21; Isaiah 42:1-4). It speaks of God being near Who justifies Christ (the Servant) before both His brethren (those who stand together with Him) AND justifies Him before those that are against Him, but yet come close or near Him. If Christ walked this way as a Servant before His Master (God), this would be the same walk His people would walk by as well—with God justifying them in His Presence (full of the Spirit of Truth and grace).
> The Word became flesh.
In conclusion of all this, you can see how the Word became flesh. God as His Son came as flesh, changed the flesh (in another form, Mark 16:12; John 21:1; John 21:14; Acts 1:3), came into a fleshly being, and progressed in appearing as a fleshly being on the earth, but wasn’t. Through this God was able to dwell among us and we were able to observe His glory—the glory of grace and Truth (Colossians 1:25-29).
If God came in the flesh before, why wouldn’t He be able to come as flesh again in His sons? As He said, “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people,” (Ezekiel 37:27). God is living in His people (the flesh temple) again, fully functioning in the Power of His Spirit of Truth and grace (1 Corinthians 1:24, 1 Corinthians 1:18, 1 Corinthians 1:30; Romans 1:16). Christ became the first fruits of God’s plan and as it continues to unfold, His people following Him become the fruits of His labor in it all (1 Corinthians 15:23; Isaiah 62:8-9).