The first 14 verses of the Gospel of St John can only be fully understood when we explore beneath the surface of the words. Looking beneath the surface is called the esoteric view.
I have known these 14 verses by heart since the early 1980s. They continue to intrigue me. It is as if you can never really know them, but occasionally they reveal something new.
Years ago I read “Becoming Aware of the Logos” by Georg Kuhlewind who obviously studied these verses for many years himself. He awakened me to the full meaning of a word in the 14th verse:
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.”
This word is monogenes, mistranslated as ‘only Son’. The word ‘Son’ does not appear in the Greek, only the word monogenes which literally means one-born. Therefore a better translation is ‘Glory as one-born from [the] Father’. Steiner says, “The physical man is twice-born (requiring two parents), the spiritual man is once-born (relying on him or herself).” Gospel of St John Chapter 4
At the end of Chapter 2 in his book, Kuhlewind translates verse 14 in this way. “And the Logos became flesh, and made its tent within us, and we have seen his radiance, as the radiance of the self-born (monogenes, born of one) son of the father, full of grace and truth.”
Through the presence of Logos, the Word which creates, now potently available to every human being (since the crucifixion), we can now become self-born. What does it mean to give birth to ourselves? It means we manifest our I AM within us, our spiritual being which comes from the Father, who is the precursor of the I AM. If we refer back to him for help, it is as if we ignore his gift which he has given into our own hands now.
Painting by Iris Yves