Thursday, November 14, 2019

Did The Word Become Flesh Or Was The Word Made Flesh In John 1:14?

"The first thing to note in the exegesis of this unique statement, "And the Word was made flesh," is that the King James Version has definitely mistranslated the Greek word egeneto. It is not in the passive voice, but in the middle voice. It does not indicate that someone from without exercised his coercive force and molded this Logos into human form. As the translation stands, it would give rise to the serious misconception that Jesus Christ was subordinate to someone else, and therefore He would not be, He could not be, God co-equal with the Father. It is easy to see, then, how a mistranslation of just one verb can lead to a fundamental heresy concerning the central Person of our most precious faith. We should correct our English Bibles, whatever translation we may have, and never again say "the Word was made flesh," but "the Word became flesh." He became flesh of His own volition and power, without the exercise of any outside power or coercive force. The Infinite took on a finite nature of His own accord and in His own power. Otherwise He would not have been the Infinite; He could not be called ho Logos, "the Word."

Spiros Zodhiates, Was Christ God?, p. 59-60

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