The Word Was Made Flesh
In order to better understand this phrase, “The Word was Made Flesh”, (John 1:14) you should first become familiar with ( The Expressions Of God ).
What is important to understand about John 1:14 (the Word was made(G1096) flesh) is that the word “made” can be spoken figuratively (See: Strong’s Concordance).
In other words, whatever it is that is being reflected as being “made” (the Word) is being stated as occurring figuratively not literally.
God’s Word (or message) came from within a man (Jesus) that God made (Galatians 4:4), God stated man could not see him however God being spirit can indwell in any vessel (man) and did so in Jesus, who was the man God used.
(John 5:37) “And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.”
Note: (Jesus is talking here, not God, otherwise YOU have God telling a LIE)
(John 3:33-35) “He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true. 34For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. 35The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.”
(John 14:10) “Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.”
(John 14: 24) “He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.”
Note: (Above Jesus indicates that the word or message he spoke did not originate with him but his Father. The verse below ties in and reveals Jesus speaking as one who personified God)
(John 8:28) “I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.”
(John 4:21-24) “Jesus saith unto her,……… 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
(John 6:46) “Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.”
Jesus Christ Personified The Word Of God
The Word being made flesh is more accurately compared to the word of God being spoken through Jesus’ voice, behavior, and actions. Jesus Christ personified the word of God. (John 3:34, John 14: 10)
Throughout the Bible God communicated with man through various means. One way God communicated with man is that God sent angels to deliver messages for him. However, God also used and sent forth many human messengers (flesh) to deliver messages from God. Some were called prophets, (i.e, Moses, etc.) but one man was called “the Christ”.
In order to prove the context of what this phrase means (The Word was made flesh) let’s compare the same sentence structure with any other variable (“the Word was “made mechanical“).
Let’s say God (who is called “the Word”) manifested himself on earth as a written message, video recorded message or audio recorded message (various mechanical means).
All of these methods would be able to manifest (make known) the will of God (“The Word”).
In the first scenario God’s words were made flesh when they were spoken through the body of a human individual (i.e., Jesus); in the second scenario God’s words were made mechanical by means of a device. Both methods are able to reflect the will and authority of God. What remains constant is “the Word” never changed the essence of God, God remained a Spirit (John 4:24). What did change was “the means of delivery”, God (“The Word”) was made known (manifest) through the body of a man (flesh) named Jesus. However, neither the flesh messenger (Jesus, who was human) nor the mechanical messenger method (the recording devices) could ever be the literal essence of the sender (God) because God is a Spirit (John 4:24; Luke 24:39) he is not a physical man literally.
Jesus is correctly personified as “the Word” (John 3:34, 5:19, 8:28, 38, 12:49, 17:8). Jesus never claimed to be God in person literally and you would make a great many scriptures false (Exodus 33:20; John 1:18, 6:46; 1 John 4:12) if you claimed otherwise. We must always remember that God’s Spirit was “IN” Christ; Christ was a man (John 8:40) anointed by God (Acts 10:38; Hebrews 1:9) whom the Spirit of God indwelt (John 14:10).
When ministers read scriptures out loud they too are delivering “the Word” however the receiver is not literally looking at God or hearing God. Jesus was the messenger of “the Word”; when Jesus was on earth men saw God reflected in his life, they did not literally see God, touch God or nail God on the cross, let alone kill God. (Clearly they killed a man, although not his human spirit, nor God’s spirit.)