- John 1:11-15
- John 1:11 (KJB)
- He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
- (Num 24:17 KJV) I shall see him, but not
now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob,
and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab,
and destroy all the children of Sheth. About 1400
years before the Lord Jesus Christ came on the scene, Balaam had prophesied
His coming in Numbers 24:17. The Lord Jesus Christ came through the family
line of Judah which meant He came through the nation of Israel. Here the
Scripture states that He came unto His own, in fact, He was from His own.
They did not receive Him as the Messiah because they did not believe He was
Him. They were looking for a Messiah like a Joshua who would help throw off
the yoke of Rome and free the land of Israel. Secondly, they did not
recognize Him because the leaders were not students of the Hebrew
Scriptures. They were commentary based, living according to such
commentaries as the Babylonian Talmud which was their primary religious
books. There were others such as the Jerusalem Talmud but the Babylonian
Talmud, which was written while they were captives in Babylon, was their
basic law. They were too busy adding laws and works which God never
commanded under the law and they turned it into traditions which caused them
to be blind to who Jesus was. This is why, even today, if a person studies
commentaries or books about the Bible, instead of studying the Bible, they
will not come to spiritual truth. Commentaries are biased based upon
denominational affiliation of the author and this must be taken into account
if one uses a commentary.
- John 1:12 (KJB)
- 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:
- Received - Take hold of, grasp, or obtain
- Power - Authority
- Those of Israel did not receive Him because they did not know Him. Now
here John turns to a different aspect of receiving Him, In the previous
verse, it was speaking of receiving Him as the Messiah on a national level
but here John is now making the receiving of the Lord Jesus Christ a
personal thing and not something which is done nationally. He now turns to
the real way a person receives the Lord Jesus Christ and that is for
salvation. When a person receives the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal
savior, they are given the authority or the right, to claim that they are a
child of God. It is one of the cardinal tenets of salvation.
- Now I have heard this verse used by many who believe in free will, that
is, they believe that all you have to do is believe on the name of the Lord
Jesus Christ and you will be saved. Now there is a problem with espousing
such a belief. First of all, believing is a work which means that a person
is doing a work to initiate their salvation and this is not taught in the
Scriptures. Secondly, a person is spiritually dead so it will be impossible
for a spiritually dead person to activate some type of belief.
(Eph 2:5 KJV) Even when we were dead in sins,
hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
The dead can do only one thing and that is remain dead
unless they are resurrected.
- There is only one way a person can receive the Lord Jesus Christ as
their savior and that is a qualified response. First of all, a person
becomes saved through grace and they receive it without asking for it.
Secondly, that person is indwelled by the Holy Spirit and are given faith as
a fruit of the Spirit. (Gal 5:22 KJV)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness,
goodness, faith, Now that they have faith, they
may believe because they are now spiritually alive. Faith is the basis of
belief and only the saved person can believe since they are grounded in
faith. The spiritually dead do not have faith since they are not indwelled
by the Holy Spirit. This is why many who claim to be saved are not saved
because their faith is sourced only in words and not in the Holy Spirit.
- John 1:13 (KJB)
- Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the
will of man, but of God.
- This verse continues the thread from verse 12. Here is a clear statement
that a person is not saved by any act of the flesh, which would be any type
of work such as those under the law. Many even believe that a person can
exercise their will to be saved, that is, a free will to be either accept or
reject the Lord Jesus Christ. The unbeliever already rejects the Lord Jesus
Christ because of them being spiritually dead. They are in the same boat as
the Pharisees, they did not receive Him because they did not recognize Him
owing to spiritual deadness. The will of man is only limited to what he can
do in the flesh and even that is severely limited. Have you ever seen anyone
cure a cold by using their will? The will of man cannot cure a cold never
mind will themselves into Heaven. However, this verse ends up stating that
those who are born again, or saved, are saved by the will of God. It is
God’s will who initiates salvation in the life of a believer. If God wills a
person to be saved, then it will happen according to His timetable. I became
saved at 27 years old. I wasn’t cognizant of being born again until God
saved me. Salvation, then, is according to God’s will and no matter how many
words a person says, they cannot save themselves. We only respond to what
- John 1:14 (KJB)
- And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld
his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full
of grace and truth.
- Dwelt - Lived or tabernacled
- Begotten - Unique as in relationship
- Full - Complete or lacking in nothing
- In verse 1-3, we read about the Word who was in Heaven and was creator
but here in verse 14, we read about the Word becoming flesh. The Lord Jesus
Christ had left the glories of Heaven and came to earth and had dwelled or
tabernacled among the Jews for about 33 years. It is interesting that the
Greek word for “dwelt” points to the tabernacle. The Tabernacle was a
foreshadow of the Lord Jesus Christ and just like the tabernacle was in the
midst of the people, the Lord Jesus Christ is in the midst of His people. He
came through the virgin birth and was born and grew up in Israel. At the
appointed time, He started His ministry by the Jordan river when He was
baptized by John the Baptist. Then as His ministry progressed, they beheld
His glory. John was an eyewitness to the glory of Christ. His glory was
shown in the miracles He did such as raising three people from the dead,
Lazarus being His most famous resurrection. He showed by these miracles how
above all the other people He was including the prophets of old, even Elijah
who called down fire.
- This glory was in accord with who He was, that is, being the unique Son
of God who was God and had every trait of being God. These were miracles to
us but to Jesus it would not have been anything great, after all, He spoke
this world and universe into existence. There is not one thing that He is
incapable of doing. The glory that He exuded was suited properly for this
earth because if He came with the glory He had in Heaven, then the earth
would have been consumed and everyone in it. This was part of the emptying
of Himself which He did to come to earth and it was for our protection. The
last part of this verse states He was filled with grace and truth. When
Christ came to earth, He was filled with Grace, that is, He came for the
purpose of bringing the true Gospel which was the light shining in the
darkness. He brought grace for salvation, something of which the law could
not provide for Christ was grace incarnate. Then He brought truth, something
of which the people of Israel had lost because the law of God was hidden
under so many man made rules, regulations, and commentaries. It was in the
Hebrew Scriptures where they would have recognized His first coming. During
the course of His ministry, Jesus had referred back to the Hebrew Scriptures
many times in contradiction of their commentary based laws and traditions.
He was trying to get them back to reading the Scriptures where they would
testify of Him. He brought the truth of who He was and what His mission was.
Truth was a fleeting object when Christ came on the scene.
- John 1:15 (KJB)
- John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I
spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he
was before me.
- Preferred - Ahead of or in front of
- Before - First, previous, more important than
- Before (2) - First
- John reiterates a truth from verse 6 that John was sent ahead of the
Lord Jesus Christ so that he would bear witness of Him. John rightly
witnessed about Christ stating that He was preferred or in front of the
office of prophet, that is, Jesus was higher than the one who was
introducing Him. John then states that Jesus was more important than him.
This was because John knew the divine office of Jesus and who He really was.
John’s ministry was to announce Jesus but Jesus came to bring salvation by
His own sacrifice which was a much higher calling. Then John states that
Jesus was first or before Him and that is because of the eternal nature of
the Lord. John knew that deity was standing before him in the Jordan river
and that is why he stated that Jesus should be baptizing him.
(Mat 3:14 KJV) But John forbad him, saying, I
have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
Jesus was before him because he knew that Jesus was