The Word in the World
The sarx egeneto of Jn. 1:14 is to be compared with the egeneto (impf. of ginomai G1181) in v. 3. The significance is that all things “came into being”—what was not came to be. Similarly, what the Word previously was not, he came to be, that is, “flesh” (v. 14). We are not to conclude, however, that from being God alone he became man alone, for he continued to be the “only begotten” (v. 18), manifesting the Father’s GLORY.
Just as the TABERNACLE was a real feature of the Israelite camp, and enshrined the manifestation of the glory and presence of God, so was Christ in “real presence” among men, and in and from him shone the divine glory—the glory primarily of love and moral grandeur (cf. Exod. 33:18–19; other aspects of his divine glory were hidden—see below).