John 1:12

“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:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But as many as receiued him, to them gaue hee power to become the sonnes of God, euen to them that beleeue on his Name:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

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,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

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:
- American Standard Version (1901)

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:
- Basic English Bible

but as many as received him, to them gave he [the] right to be children of God, to those that believe on his name;
- Darby Bible

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

But all who have received Him, to them--that is, to those who trust in His name--He has given the privilege of becoming children of God;
- Weymouth 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:
- World English Bible

But hou many euer resseyueden hym, he yaf to hem power to be maad the sones of God, to hem that bileueden in his name; the whiche not of bloodis,
- Wycliffe Bible

but as many as did receive him to them he gave authority to become sons of God -- to those believing in his name,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 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.


People's Bible Notes for John 1:12


Joh 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God. The Revised Version reads, "children of God", which is better. While the nation rejected him, some received him. To such as receive him in every age he gives power to become the children of God. The manner in which he is received is given: [Even] to them that believe on his name. It is not declared that they are made children by believing, but to the believer he gives the "power to 'become'" a child. When one believes in Christ, his faith becomes a power to lead him to yield himself to God and to receive the Word into his heart.

Discussion for John 1

  • George C
    John 1:18 Says that no man has seen God only the Son. This seems to state that not even Moses saw God. Moses may have been speaking to Jesus The Word mediator, the real voice of Jehovah . He is the only begotten Son of God. And according to John 1:3 He Jesus created all things. Isaiah 9:6 Jesus is the everlasting Father. Only Jesus Christ and Jehovah Holly Spirit the share the same essence.
  • Luigi
    4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD JEHOVAH' our God is one LORD: GOD is not a trinity. The Bible never mentions that word. That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth. 6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else. Isaiah 45 6
  • A disciple
    Thank you Rene! It seems very terrible to me how with the times so bad, and the end of all things being literally "at hand;" that so many still set themselves to defiantly oppose and contradict, and carry on as if they weren't about to stand before the Judge! "Then truly by there fruits you shall know them." Let us all the more hold fast to Jesus and His Words and wholly follow Him no matter what!
  • Rene Crispin
    I agree so much with your comments faith by works
  • A disciple
    We are saved from our sins by the death burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ; and made clean by the Word which He has spoken to us. There is no salvation in any other; for there is no other name given among men whereby we must be saved. BUT, NOT EVERYONE WHO SAYS TO ME, LORD, LORD, SHALL ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN; BUT HE THAT DOES THE WILL OF MY FATHER! Faith is known by works!
  • Mild Bill
    A disciple, To enter heaven by your own work is not of grace.Jesus did not simply make a down payment and you installments.You err in soteriology.You work, and so God owes you,or so you believe. Sadly I think of you and the multitudes working their way to heaven,misguided in pride. This format is not for personal discussion,henceforth,I will no longer respond to your messages.