John 1:12 is a favorite children’s Bible memory verse, but how many know the story behind this verse?
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God, to those who believe in His name.”
John begins His book by describing why Jesus came into the world. He came to show what God was like to His own people.
Unfortunately, many of God’s own people did not receive Jesus. They thought they were God’s children by their works. Jesus came bringing a whole new era of God’s presence in human flesh here to earth. Receiving God is the same as receiving Jesus.
So John wrote in John 1:17 that those who did receive Jesus would become real children of God.
Now you know the story behind John 1:17.
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