14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,
The Word, which we have learned, was distinct from God and at the same time was God, became flesh. The Word, who has always been, became flesh at a certain time and in a certain place. God becomes a physical man.
Notice the difference in how John puts this. When talking about the Word preciously, he said that he simply “was” indicating that He was eternal and was not created but He created everything that was created.
But here the text says He was made or He become. So, there is clearly here the idea that there was a time when the Word was not flesh and in time He became flesh. And the understanding here in God becoming flesh is that He does not cease to be God when He becomes flesh.
The eternal Word became human. So you have the God-man. God and man are joined in one person. Yet never confounded and never mixed. His human nature does not overpower His divine nature, His divine nature does not overpower His human nature. They are both perfect and distinct and indivisible and yet unmingled and unmixed.
The deity of Christ is not diminished by His humanity nor is His humanity enhanced by His deity. He is fully man, fully God. Or very man and very God.
What we know is that the Word being made flesh was not the same as our birth. He was born to a virgin and conceived in the virgin by the Holy Spirit.
His flesh was not a pre-fall flesh but was a post fall flesh. We know that because He lived and grew and died, and that is a factor of the fallen condition.
If He was not in the form of man after the fall, He would have no ability to understand our weaknesses and our infirmities and be tempted in all points as we are tempted and come out as a sympathetic high priest.
So He is truly human in the sense that we are human in the post-fall realm – with one exception: no sin. He is without sin – holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, without sin forever. Paul tells us in Second Corinthians 5, He knew no sin.
John says that the Word became flesh and then He says, “and dwelt among us”. This dwelling means to pitch your tent. He brought His tent to us and He settled down in our world. For thirty-three years, He lived in our world, took on the form of a man, came and became one of us.
We know from Biblical testimony that He grew in wisdom, stature, favor with God and man. God was on earth in human form and lived among human beings, specifically the Jewish people. He did this for 33 years. This is a historical fact.
Those who deny that Jesus came in the flesh, those who deny that the Son of God was an actual man, those that deny that the Word was God are spreading not just error but heresy, and they don’t know God. God in human form dwelt with us.