Jn.1:16-18 – For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at any time; God the only Son, who is in the arms of the Father, He has explained Him.
This is quite a passage in the first few verses of the gospel of John. He is unveiling to us the mystery of the incarnation of the Son of God. John says that Jesus has explained, declared or unveiled God Himself. Have you ever tried to explain God to someone? Tell me how you would do that. How do you describe His omnipotence? Maybe you can describe His omniscience? Or how about His sovereignty? Surely you can do that. This sounds like some of the territory that Job got tripped up in. The short answer is that the Lord God is indescribable because He is incomprehensible. How could you describe someone you can’t quite understand yourself? This is what John was getting at in this passage. Since words couldn’t do it the Word became a man. It is the humanity of Jesus that actually explains God. Christ is the revelation of God. Like Jesus said, if you have seen Him you have seen the Father. Here is a classic short quote from Augustine on this passage.
“We believe in him that he was born of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary. Each birth of his, you see, must be considered wonderful, both that of his divinity and that of his humanity. The first is from the Father without mother, the second from mother without father; the first apart from all time, the second at “the acceptable time”; the first eternal, the second at the right moment; the first without a body “in the bosom of the Father,” the second with a body, which did not violate the virginity of his mother; the first without either sex, the second without a man’s embrace.”
His virgin birth reveals the supernatural and eternal nature of God. His miracles unveiled the power of God. His teaching revealed the wisdom of God. His death unveiled the love of God. His resurrection displayed life itself, God is life and we see the death of death in the resurrection of Jesus. Death itself has been swallowed up by eternal life. Today Jesus is still explaining and revealing the Father. Open up His book, His words are alive and will bring you into life itself.