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John 1:12

    John 1:12 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    But as many as received him, to them gave he the right to become children of God, even to them that believe on his name:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    To all those who did so take him, however, he gave the right of becoming children of God--that is, to those who had faith in his name:

    Webster's Revision

    But as many as received him, to them gave he the right to become children of God, even to them that believe on his name:

    World English Bible

    But as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become God's children, to those who believe in his name:

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    But as many as received him, to them gave he the right to become children of God, even to them that believe on his name:

    Clarke's Commentary on John 1:12

    Gave he power - Εξουσιαν, Privilege, honor, dignity, or right. He who is made a child of God enjoys the greatest privilege which the Divine Being can confer on this side eternity. Those who accept Jesus Christ, as he is offered to them in the Gospel, have, through his blood, a right to this sonship; for by that sacrifice this blessing was purchased; and the fullest promises of God confirm it to all who believe. And those who are engrafted in the heavenly family have the highest honor and dignity to which it is possible for a human soul to arrive. What an astonishing thought is this! The sinner, who was an heir to all God's curses, has, through the sacrifice of Jesus, a claim on the mercy of the Most High, and a right to be saved! Even justice itself, on the ground of its holy and eternal nature, gives salvation to the vilest who take refuge in this atonement; for justice has nothing to grant, or Heaven to give, which the blood of the Son of God has not merited.

    Barnes' Notes on John 1:12

    To as many as received him - The great mass; the people; the scribes and Pharisees rejected him. A few in his lifetime received him, and many more after his death. "To receive him," here, means to "believe" on him. This is expressed at the end of the verse.

    Gave he power - This is more appropriately rendered in the margin by the word "right" or "privilege." Compare Acts 1:7; Acts 5:4; Romans 9:21; 1 Corinthians 7:37; 1 Corinthians 8:9; 1 Corinthians 9:4-5.

    Sons of God - Children of God by adoption. See the notes at Matthew 1:1. Christians are called sons of God:

    1. Because they are "adopted" by Him, 1 John 3:1.

    2. Because they are "like Him;" they resemble Him and have His spirit.

    3. They are united to the Lord Jesus, the Son of God, are regarded by Him as his brethren Matthew 25:40, and are therefore regarded as the children of the Most High.

    On his name - This is another way of saying believeth in "him." The "name" of a person is often put for the person himself, John 2:23; John 3:18; 1 John 5:13. From this verse we learn:

    1. That to be a child of God is a privilege - far more so than to be the child of any human being, though in the highest degree rich, or learned, or honored. Christians are therefore more honored than any other persons.

    2. God gave them this privilege. It is not by their own works or deserts; it is because God chose to impart this blessing to them, Ephesians 2:8; John 15:16.

    3. This favor is given only to those who believe on him. All others are the children of the wicked one, and no one who has not "confidence in God" can be regarded as his child. No parent would acknowledge one for his child, or approve of him, who had no confidence in him, who doubted or denied all he said, and who despised his character. Yet the sinner constantly does this toward God, and he cannot, therefore, be called his Son.

    Wesley's Notes on John 1:12

    1:12 But as many as received him - Jews or Gentiles; that believe on his name - That is, on him. The moment they believe, they are sons; and because they are sons, God sendeth forth the Spirit of his Son into their hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

    Verses Related to John 1:12

    Romans 3:9 - What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;
    Romans 6:23 - For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
    Romans 10:9 - That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
    Book: John
    Topic: Salvation