John, full of the Holy Spirit, said: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him. Without him was not anything made that has been made” (John 1:1-3). John further said: “The Word became flesh, and lived among us. We saw his glory, such glory as of the one and only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).
The first point to analyze is that “THE WORD IS GOD.” The second point is that, when the Word became flesh, the glory of God was seen. The third point is that the glory of God the Father is seen only in the GRACE AND IN THE TRUTH revealed in his only begotten Son.
Next, John says: “For the law was given through Moses. Grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17). Here John declares that in the times of the law of Jehovah, that is to say, in the times of the Old Testament, the glory of God was not seen, for it was only seen when the Word was made flesh, and also, the glory of God is seen only together with the grace and the truth. When he compared the law with the grace, John reveals that in the law of Moses — in other words, the law of Jehovah — there is no truth at all. And for what reason there is no truth in the law? Because the law of Jehovah imposes an unbearable yoke, as we read in Acts 15:5-11. Paul also declares that the covenant of Sinai, established by Jehovah with Israel, produces only slaves (Gal. 4:21-25). And Paul makes another tremendous declaration: “And by him everyone who believes is justified from all things, from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses” (Acts 13:39). And Jesus declares himself: “You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:32).
As Christ delivers the sinner from all vice, all bondage, all physical dependency, all abnormality, all blindness, all deceit; and the law does not deliver anyone, for it imposes bondage, as we have seen above, Jesus has nothing to do with the law of Jehovah, or with the Old Testament. The apostle Paul, full of the Holy Spirit, admonishes the believers, saying: “Stand firm therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and don’t be entangled again with a yoke of bondage” (Gal. 5:1). What bondage? — The bondage of the law of Jehovah. You need only read Gal. 5:1-4 to understand it.
Poor Jewish people! The Messiah came for them, but they did not receive him, because the grace cancels out the law, and the law of Jehovah blinded them. John said: “The true light that enlightens everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, and the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own, and those who were his own didn’t receive him” (John 1:9-11). Fear blinds. Jehovah declared that the beginning of wisdom is the fear of Jehovah (Prov. 1:7; 9:10; Ps. 111:10). And Jehovah declared: “But in very deed, as I live, and as all the earth shall be filled with the glory of Jehovah; because all those men who have seen my glory, and my signs, which I worked in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet have tempted me these ten times, and have not listened to my voice; surely they shall not see the land which I swore to their fathers” (Num. 14:21-23).
I ask: What glory did they see in Egypt, and what signs? Serpents swallowing serpents; water turning into blood and fish dying; rottenness and stench; plagues of frogs, plagues of lice, plague of flies, plague of the pestilence on the animals; plague of hail, plague of grasshoppers, plagues of darkness, plague of the death of the firstborns. This glory is very different from the glory, the grace and the truth, which is the glory of the Father of Jesus. The plagues of Egypt revealed the glory of Jehovah. The grace and the truth came from the incarnate Word and revealed the glory of God, the Father.
By Pastor Olavo Silveira Pereira