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John 1:12 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

That is, although multitudes reject him, yet some received and owned him for the true Messias; and those that did so, he advanced to the high dignity of adoption and sonship, giving them power, that is, right or privilege, to become the sons of God.

Here note, 1. The nature of justifying faith declared, As many as received him.

Now this receiving of Christ implies these three things,

1. The assent of the understanding to that divine testimony which the scripture gives of Christ.

2. The consent of the will to submit to this Jesus as Lord and King.

3. The affiance and trust of the heart in Christ alone for salvation; for faith is not a bare credence, but a divine affiance, and such an affiance in Christ, and reliance upon him, as is the parent and principle of obedience to him.

Note, 2. That it is the high and honourable privilege of all such as receive Christ by faith, to become the sons of God by adoption. This is a precious privilege, a free privilege, and honourable privilege, an abiding privilege, and calls for all possible returns of gratitiude and thankfulness, of love and service, of duty and obedience, of submission and self resignation.

Consult other comments:

John 1:12 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

John 1:12 - The Greek Testament

John 1:12 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 1:12 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 1:12 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

John 1:12 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 1:12 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 1:12 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 1:12 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

John 1:12 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

John 1:12 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 1:12 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 1:12 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 1:12 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 1:12 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 1:12 - Geneva Bible Notes

John 1:12 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 1:12 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 1:12 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

John 1:12 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 1:12 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

John 1:12 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 1:12 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

John 1:12 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

John 1:12 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

John 1:12 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 1:12 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 1:12 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 1:12 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 1:12 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 1:12 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 1:12 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 1:12 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament