The only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
When Jesus walked and taught in Galilee 2,000 years ago, many asked, “Who is that Man?”
The Bible’s answer is clear: That Man walking in Galilee was God, acting like God! It was God, limited deliberately, having crossed the wide, mysterious gulf between God and not God, between God and creature. No man had seen God at any time.
In John 1:18, the English translators have said, “The only begotten Son…hath declared him.” Other versions skirt around it, doing everything to try to say what the Holy Spirit said, but when we have used up our words and synonyms, we still have not said all that God revealed when He said, “Nobody has ever looked at God, but when Jesus Christ came He showed us what God is like” (paraphrase of John 1:18).
He has revealed Him—He has shown us what God is like!
He has declared Him! He has set Him forth! He has revealed Him!
He is in the Father’s bosom. It is stated in present, perpetual tense, the language of continuation. Therefore, when Jesus hung on the cross, He did not leave the bosom of the Father!
Lord Jesus, that You are the Son of God is the bedrock of our faith. Thank You for revealing what God is like during Your brief sojourn on earth.