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John 1:13 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Because the bragging Jews did much boast of their natural birth and descent from Abraham, as being his blood and offspring, therefore it is here asserted, that men become not the children of God by natural propagation, but by spiritual regeneration: They are not born of blood. Grace runs not in the blood, piety is not hereditary. Religious parents propagate corruption, not regeneration. Were the conveyances of grace natural, good parents would not be so ill-suited with children as sometimes they are. No person then whatsoever has the gracious privilege of adoption by the first birth. They are not born of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man; that is, no man by the utmost improvement of nature can raise himself up to this privilege of adoption, and be the author and efficient cause of his own regeneration.

Learn hence, That man in all his capacities is too weak to produce the work of regeneration in himself. They, says Dr. Hammond, who by the influence of the highest rational principles, live most exactly according to the rule of rational nature, that is, of unregenerated morality, are the persons here described.

Learn, 2. That God alone is the prime efficient Cause of regeneration. He works upon the understanding by illumination, and upon the will by sanctification; Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Consult other comments:

John 1:13 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

John 1:13 - The Greek Testament

John 1:13 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 1:13 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

John 1:13 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 1:13 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 1:13 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

John 1:13 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 1:13 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 1:13 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 1:13 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 1:13 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 1:13 - Geneva Bible Notes

John 1:13 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 1:13 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 1:13 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

John 1:13 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 1:13 - Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae (Old and New Testaments)

John 1:13 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 1:13 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

John 1:13 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

John 1:13 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

John 1:13 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 1:13 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 1:13 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 1:13 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 1:13 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 1:13 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 1:13 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 1:13 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament