John 1:12 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 1:12, NIV: "Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God--"

John 1:12, ESV: "But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,"

John 1:12, 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:"

John 1:12, NASB: "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name,"

John 1:12, NLT: "But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God."

John 1:12, CSB: "But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in his name,"

What does John 1:12 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

John 3:16 may be the most famous verse in the Bible. It is certainly the most-memorized piece of Scripture. However, John 1:12 is also an excellent summary of the gospel. All who receive Christ, through faith, become children of God. This is described using the Greek term exousia, often translated as a "right," or an entitlement. There are spiritual honors given to all believers, simply on the basis of being part of that family. However, this word also implies the power to do something. Becoming a child of God doesn't simply result in privileges, but spiritual power. A name, in literature, legal documents, and conversation, is a symbol of that person. The "name" of Jesus is not a magical formula, or a voodoo incantation. "Faith in the name of Jesus" means trust in His person, His sacrifice, and His salvation. This is not for absolutely everyone, however. This verse specifies that this power (or right) is only extended to those who "receive" Him.