Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 191
Context: The atuhor, using "Word" to mean Jesus, implies by this appelation that in Jesus are found the absolute qualities of wisdom and truth. He declares that the "Word" existed before the beginning of time, with a separate identity from God, yet a part of God in a transcendent sense. In Jesus, or the "Word," rests the creative, living force of the Almighty, giving light to men, or the ability to comprehend or to reach across the chasm that separates the divine from the human. Though Christ made the world and has always permeated the very being of the universe, men have not recognized Him. But to the few who have received the "Word," He has given a spiritual rebirth which has made them heirs of the Lord in spirit. This eternal "Word" has assumed the physical form of man, Jesus, yet retains the glory of the divine; thus, He has lived among men in order to expedite man's reaching God:
And the Word was made 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.
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