12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power (the right, or privilege) to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 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.
The testimony of John
15 John bare witness of him (Jesus), and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. 16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. 18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. 19 And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? 20 And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. 21 And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias (Elijah)? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No. 22 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself ? 23 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias (Isaiah). 24 And they which were sent were of the Pharisees. 25 And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet? 26 John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one (Jesus Christ) among you, whom ye know not;
12: Received him: You may receive Jesus right now by simply asking Him to come into your heart and be your Lord and Savior, but you must want Him with all your heart. V. 13: Born of God: This is a spiritual birth and you will know when it happens. V. 14: Made flesh: The Word was conceived in the womb of a betrothed virgin by the operation of the Holy Spirit. And that virgin, even after she had married her fiancé, remained a virgin until Jesus was born. Jesus has therefore a Divine nature and a human nature, although without sin. Full of grace and truth: In His great kindness (grace) toward us, Jesus taught us the truth about God (v. 18). He also made it possible, by His sacrificial death, for us to be reconciled to God. V. 15: He was before me: Jesus existed before John as the eternal Word. V. 23: Make straight the way of the Lord: Remove every obstacle that would prevent your salvation by forsaking every known sin. V. 24: The Pharisees were the religious leaders. Some of them hated Jesus and had Him put to death.