John 1

John 1:11

He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.

Receive Him. To receive him is to believe in him.

In the New Testament, there are more than 200 imperative statements linked with faith. Some of these statements exhort us to: receive Jesus (John 5:43), receive the message of Jesus (John 17:8), obey or heed the message or good news of Jesus (John 17:6) and turn to God in repentance (Acts 26:20).

Other scriptures encourage us to accept the word (Mark 4:20), confess Jesus as Lord (Rom. 10:9), call on the name of the Lord (Act 2:21), eat the bread of life (John 6:50-51), be reconciled to God (2 Cor. 5:20), submit to God’s righteousness (Rom. 10:3), and be born again (John 3:3, 7). But the one imperative that appears far more than any other, is the instruction to believe. We are to believe in Jesus (see entry for John 3:16).

John 1:12

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,

(a) Received Him. To receive him by faith is to believe in his name (see previous verse).

(b) Children of God. Although God is the Father of all (Acts 17:29, 1 Cor. 8:6, Eph. 3:15), the phrase “children of God” usually refers to believers. See entry for Children of God.

John 1:14

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

The Father; see entry for John 4:21.

John 1:16

For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.

(a) His fullness. Saying God is full of grace, is like saying the ocean is full of waves.

(b) Grace upon grace means God can bless you with wave after wave of grace and never run out. See entry for Grace of God.

John 1:18

No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.

(a) The Father; see entry for John 4:21.

(b) He has explained him. Jesus is God explaining himself to the human race (Heb. 1:2-3).

John 1:29

The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

The sin of the world! On the cross, the Lamb of God took away the sins of the world (Heb. 7:27). The startling announcement of the gospel is that God holds nothing against you, and that all may freely come to his throne of grace to receive grace. See entry for 1 John 2:2.

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