All Who Did Receive Him
John 1:12-13 (ESV) — But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
The gospel message is one message that can be communicated in many different ways. There are many passages that tell the story of God’s grace. We see in John 3:16 the message of God sending His One and only Son. It is found in Romans 8:1 when we read there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3 reminds us there is no righteousness that comes from the law but that which comes through faith in Jesus.
Our passage today captures the gospel in such a beautiful description. John’s Gospel opens with these words about faith in Jesus, especially in contrast to those who did not receive Him, “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”
Notice John’s wording “But to all who did receive him.” What does it mean to receive Him? He defines it, “who believed in his name.” To believe in His name is to trust in Him and place your faith in what He has accomplished. If we receive Him, He gives us the right to become children of God. We are adopted into the family of God because His atoning death covers our sins and His righteousness blankets us in perfection.
John continues by saying those who receive Him are born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. This means it is the work of grace that saves men. God does the work. It’s not about what man can do or wants to do. It is the work of God to save sinners. This is why John positions all the credit for those who receive Christ as the work of God. It’s not man’s decision or will that produce grace. It’s not their bloodline that gives grace. It's not a family member’s desire. It’s all of God.
Give thanks to God today for the gospel. The good news of salvation
through Christ has been communicated
in many different ways for us.
If you have received it, recognize that it is from God. Praise Him for it.
Reflection & Journal:
- Why is the gospel communicated in so many different ways throughout Scripture?
- What does John’s description in this passage teach us about receiving Him?
- How should this text stir your affections for God’s goodness to you in salvation?
Did you miss yesterday's devotional? If so, find it HERE
We make these devotions freely available to thousands of readers daily. If you’d like to help support the ministry, please click here to learn more.
Sign up to receive our daily devotions in your inbox here!