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

  • Jason manning
    Amen that was the lesson
  • A disciple
    Insight777; Its very dangerous to be saying, "thus saith the LORD," when God has not said anything to you! There are a lot of things you are getting seriously wrong. Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world; and teaching IS NOT shedding of the blood! All your analogies are nothing according to the truth of the Scriptures, but fake spiritualism! and out of your own head!
  • Insight777
    Jesus never called himself the Lamb. Jesus never said I am going to die for your sins.
    Jesus did say he is the shepherd. Jesus said feed my lambs. Jesus was Holy from birth but the Spirit he received upon baptism is the knowledge of the new religion he was to establish.Jesus had full knowledge of the Jewish religion but not the direction from God to separate completely from it for human salvation.
  • Lu2677
    Insight7John 11-14 is talking about Christ.He most certainly was born with the Holy Spirit from the womb.You say he was not. John witnessed of the Light=Jesus. John saw the Holy Spirit descending on Christ so John would know when people believed on Christ they would receive the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the Holy Spirit, he is God he came to earth in the flesh. Can he be separated from himself? No.
  • Sheri Stump
    God tells us in Gen 1 that He and the word are one. Is the word Jesus? Yes in John 1:14 says the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.

  • Jesse Bryant
    John 1:18 dispels the idea of Jesus as "the angel of the Lord". This chapter makes it abundantly clear that Jesus and the Father are one and the same God (though distinct in person). The angel of the Lord is just that, the angel, not the Lord.