John 1: 1-2, 14: Word Became Flesh
The word is powerful, it can hurt or heal. It can put a person down or lift a person up. The Word of God is living and active. It is eternal and everlasting. It was breathed by God. It’s inspired by the Spirit of God.
Flesh is weak (Matt 26:52), prone to infirmities, death and decay (Rom. 7:24. 8:13). Flesh is completely made of the particles of clay, iron, and other chemicals. A chemical reacts to other chemicals. Flesh is always against God and His principles. (Rom.8:8 & Jas 4:4). Flesh is lustful (Gal 5:16 & 19-21 lists the works of the flesh). Flesh never allows good to dwell in it (Rom. 7:18). Flesh serves Sin (Rom. 7:25).
Flesh has the mind. The mind is depraved (Rom. 1:28) Sinful mind is hostile to God (Rom. 8:7) Living in the futility of thinking (Eph. 4:17, Col 1:21). Mind is corrupted (Tit 1:15). It has wicked thoughts (Pr. 15:26). The flesh and mind allow the evil thoughts to dwell in them and entertain them (Mark. 9:4 & Mt 15:19). The imaginations of the mind are evil wicked schemes (Pr. 6:18. & Gen. 6:5). Heart is deceitful (Jer. 17:9)
We are sensual beings. The flesh (or sin nature) desires what is pleasing to the senses. Our senses draw our attention to the things of this world that we do not already have: more education, a better job, new clothes, a bigger dwelling, more food, a shinier car, less demanding relationships, compassionate friends, sexier look and more accepting mate...
Our emotions clearly reveal that fallen sensual nature. Desires that are not satisfied cause us to feel hurt, disappointed, rejected, frustrated, and angry. The flesh is always worried about not getting its way, having what is good for us, having what we rightly deserve. Sin naturally lives in our flesh.
Therefore mortify your members which are carnal beings; it attracts to fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: (Col 3:5) you used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, which are being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. (Col 3:6-10). It is a fight to the death with sinful desires (which will come from the sinful nature, the devil and world).
Rom. 8:3-4 says, "…God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh...". The Word appeared as a man. Heb. 2:14 "Since children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same" Jesus is God in flesh, (Titus 1:3)(Col. 2:9)
According to John Wesley: “And the Word was God — Supreme, eternal, independent. And the word was made flesh; "flesh" here signifies, not a part of the body, nor the whole body only, but the whole human nature, consisting of a true body, and a reasonable soul; and is so called, to denote the frailty of it, being encompassed with infirmities, though not sinful; and to show, that it was a real human nature, and not an appearance, that He assumed. When He is said to be "made" flesh, this was not done by the change of one nature into another, the divine into the human, or the Word into a man; and dwelt among us; or "tabernacle among us"; God dwelt, granted His presence, and His glory to be seen; here the sacrifices were brought, offered, and accepted. In the face of Christ the glory of God is seen in and through Him, even the veil of His flesh, saints have access unto Him, and enjoy His presence.
Dwell among us - John means human body was a tabernacle or tent for the (Logos) to abide in, in reference to the tabernacle among the Jews, in which the Shekinah, or visible symbol of God, dwelt. The object of John was to prove that "the Word" became "incarnate." To do this he appeals to various evidences. One was that He "dwelt" among them; sojourned with them; ate, drank, slept, and was with them for years, so that they "saw Him with their eyes, they looked upon Him, and their hands handled Him, 1 John 1:1. He was with them as a friend and as one of the family, so that they had full opportunity of becoming familiarly acquainted with Him, He was really a man.
We beheld His glory - "that the Word of God became man." - Full of grace and truth - means "favors," gifts, acts of beneficence. He was kind, merciful, gracious, doing good to all, and seeking man's welfare by great sacrifices and love; so much so, that it might be said to be characteristic of Him, or He "abounded" in favors to mankind. He was also "full of truth." He declared the truth. In Him was no falsehood. He was not like the false prophets and false Messiahs, who were wholly impostors; nor was He like the emblems and shadows of the old; but He was truth itself. He represented things as they are, and thus became the "truth" as well as "the way and the life." Unquote.