The Gospel of John has a peculiar character, as every Christian perceives.
It does not present the birth of Christ in this world, looked at as the Son
of David. It does not trace His genealogy back to Adam, in order to bring
out His title of Son of man. It does not exhibit the Prophet who, by His
testimony, accomplished the service of His Father in this respect here
below. It is neither His birth, nor the commencement of His gospel, but His
existence before the beginning of everything that had a beginning. "In the
beginning was the Word." In short it is the glory of the Person of Jesus,
the Son of God, above all dispensation-a glory developed in many ways in
grace, but which is always itself. It is that which He is; but making us
share in all the blessings that flow from it, when He is so manifested as
to impart them.