But as many as received him

“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: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” Jn. 1:12-13. 

Yes, a sinner must “receive” (which is to believe on) Christ for all the hope of their salvation. For without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe…”. Heb. 11:6. How can one who is spiritually dead and at enmity with God believe on Christ? The answer is above in verse 13. Which WERE (past tense) born, not of blood (Descent), nor of the will of flesh (Dedication), nor of the will of man (Decision), but of God. In God’s order The New Birth necessarily precedes faith.     

Greg Elmquist.

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