John 5:43 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 5:43, NIV: "I have come in my Father's name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him."

John 5:43, ESV: "I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him."

John 5:43, KJV: "I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive."

John 5:43, NASB: "I have come in My Father’s name, and you do notreceive Me; if another comes in his own name, you willreceive him."

John 5:43, NLT: "For I have come to you in my Father's name, and you have rejected me. Yet if others come in their own name, you gladly welcome them."

John 5:43, CSB: "I have come in my Father's name, and yet you don't accept me. If someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him."

What does John 5:43 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This comment follows the same argument Jesus has made in prior verses. The Jewish religious authorities have been given more reasons to believe in Jesus than anyone. They have spoken to John the Baptist (John 5:33). They have seen Jesus' miracles (John 5:36). They have extensive knowledge of the written Word of God (John 5:39). The problem is not that these men cannot come to faith in Christ, but that they will not do so (John 5:40).

Here, Jesus points out that the Jewish religious leaders are willing to accept false teachers. They were happy to have the approval of other men and other self-styled gurus. And yet, they were not willing to follow the evidence God has given to the right conclusion. When other, lesser men come, they are accepted. When Jesus comes, in the name of God the Father, these men reject Him. This is not a problem of the mind, but of the will. They don't accept Jesus because they refuse to, regardless of what other excuses they may offer.