He Dwells Among Us

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. — John 1:14

This is easily one of the most important verses in the Gospel of John. John is attempting to lay out evidence that Jesus is God in the flesh. And specific gnostic ideas in his time thought it impossible that the divine could coexist with humanity. But in this verse, John dismantles this improbability.

So here is what he does. First, he connects the "Word" or "Logos" in John 1:1 to this verse. Second, he declares that the Word (the divine light and life) became human. Third, he tells us the Word "dwelt" among us. And the word "dwelt" here is the word "tabernacled." And that is a word that would have elicited a specific image to followers. It would have brought to the front of their minds a memory of the Old Testament Tabernacle. And the Tabernacle was the first dwelling place for God. But here, John explains the place where he dwelled during his 33 years of life was not in an isolated temple but in the world with us, as a man. So we conclude from this verse that John testifies Jesus is the Divine Word who chose to live among us so that we might know him.

Again the Bible is the Word of God transcribed, and Jesus is the Word of God personified.

And John believed this. He was convinced about what he saw with his eyes firsthand that he wrote a twenty-one-chapter chronicle about all he saw, heard, and experienced. In addition, he suffered incredible persecution for believing and sharing this testimony. Tertullian, an early historian, reports that John the Apostle was boiled alive in oil for his faith in Jesus. For his belief in this verse right here, and was miraculously unscathed by it and then exiled to Patmos, where he wrote the book of Revelation.

So if you are looking for evidence that Jesus was and is the Divine Word made human, look no further than John the Apostle. Because who in their right mind would willingly write, speak, preach, testify, and even be boiled alive in hot oil for a man if the story were not absolutely true?

ASK THIS: Are you still looking for evidence?

DO THIS: Ask God to keep revealing it to you.

PRAY THIS: God, give me evidence that you are real.

PLAY THIS: Love Came Down.

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Christopher Adkins

This one has always baffled me. How can a perfect being, Jesus Christ, be in the presence of imperfect beings, us. “He dwelt among us” The old testament talks about God not being able to be seen by Moses because of His Holiness. I don’t understand


I think this is where our faith is tested. Believing in what we can not see, trusting in that which we don’t understand.

I don’t understand a lot of what goes on in this world. But I have complete trust and faith that He is in control and His plan is perfect.


1 Corinthians 10

32 Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:
33 Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.

Tom F. Sr.

Powerful and insightful! All hail the power of Jesus’ name! In Him IS life eternal (John 5:39-40). Thanks Vince! May THE Lord of ALL bless you and keep you, and make His face to shine upon you!


Pay attention to the word “glory.” It is key.


That for your insight to this great person’s words and testimony.

Tom Welch

Dwelt = Tabernacled would have been huge to his Jewish readers. Great insight as always Vince; thank you for your writing.

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