John 1:13 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 1:13, NIV: "children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God."

John 1:13, ESV: "who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God."

John 1:13, KJV: "Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."

John 1:13, NASB: "who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of a man, but of God."

John 1:13, NLT: "They are reborn--not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God."

John 1:13, CSB: "who were born, not of natural descent, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God."

What does John 1:13 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Verse 13 is this gospel's first mention of being "born" into the Kingdom of God. The term "born again" has become a cliché, and one many people misunderstand. It's an important idea, though, because of what it implies. When a child is born, all of the effort, energy, and pain is endured by the mother. And yet, it is the child who experiences the most change. Salvation is exactly the same: God's pain and effort result in our benefit. Saying that this does not occur "by blood" means it is not a natural occurrence. Saying that it is not "of the will of the flesh" means it is not a matter of human decisions. This rebirth is entirely the work of God, and according to His will. Our salvation is not dependent on anything in our human nature. This is good, because if it was, we'd all be lost forever! Jesus will clarify this concept during His conversation with Nicodemus, in John chapter 3.