No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. – John 1:18
This final verse of the opening to the Gospel according to John is a true gem.
We have record of people like Moses seeing God in the Old Testament. When we look at John’s statement it seems like it contradicts the fact that some people have seen God. However, it is not a contradiction at all. What John is saying is that anytime someone has seen God they have been looking at Jesus!
Moreover, John is telling us that everything we need to know about God we can find in Jesus Christ. AND everything we need to know, Jesus declared. He kept nothing back from us!
What an amazing gift! The God of glory has given us such a clear picture of Himself. What grace!
We can some up the first eighteen verses of this chapter with the following syllogisms.
A Forerunner was promised.
John is that forerunner.
John said the Jesus is the Christ.
Therefore, Jesus must be the Christ!
Jesus is the source of all natural life.
Jesus is the source of all spiritual life.
Jesus is the source of all truth.