The Closeness of Our 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. – John 1:14

In the wilderness the Lord only dwelt in the abode of man, but now His approach to us is closer, for He dwells in the flesh of man. “The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” Note that word “flesh.” It doth not say, “The Word was made man”: it means that, but the use of the word “flesh” brings the Lord Jesus still closer to us, and shows that He took on Him the very nature and substance of manhood: He did not merely assume the name and notion, and appearance, of manhood, but the reality: the weakness, the suffering, the mortality of our manhood He actually took into union with Himself. He was no phantom, or apparition, but He had a human body and a human soul. “The Word was made flesh.” When the Lord became bone of our bone, and flesh of our flesh, His incarnation in a human body brought Him far nearer to man than when He only abode within curtains and occupied a tent in the midst of Israel. It is to be noted that God does in the person of Jesus not merely dwell among men; but He hath joined Himself unto men-the Word not only dwelt in flesh, but “was made flesh.” It is impossible to use words which are exactly accurate to describe the wonderful incarnation of the Son of God in human flesh; but these words are used to show that our Lord is as truly and as really man as He is God. Not only does God dwell in the body of man; but our Lord Jesus is God and man in one person. He is not ashamed to speak of men as His brethren. Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same with us. This approach to us is exceeding close. God was never one with the tabernacle, but in Christ Jesus He is one with us. Now we listen to the music of that blessed name Emmanuel, “God with Us.” In the person of the only begotten, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, we see God reconciling the world unto Himself. ~ C.H. Spurgeon

2 thoughts on “The Closeness of Our God

  1. I love everything about the way this was written. God is as close as the mention of His name.Through the Spirit He dwells within and still walks the earth. May Gods Grace overflow in your life Sherry.

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