9 The true Light, which gives Light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. John1: 9-13
9 ἦν τὸ φῶς τὸ ἀληθινὸν ὃ φωτίζει πάντα ἄνθρωπον ἐρχόμενον εἰς τὸν κόσμον.
10 Ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ ἦν, καὶ ὁ κόσμος διʼ αὐτοῦ ἐγένετο, καὶ ὁ κόσμος αὐτὸν οὐκ ἔγνω. 11 εἰς τὰ ἴδια ἦλθεν, καὶ οἱ ἴδιοι αὐτὸν οὐ παρέλαβον. 12 ὅσοι δὲ ἔλαβον αὐτόν, ἔδωκεν αὐτοῖς ἐξουσίαν τέκνα θεοῦ γενέσθαι, τοῖς πιστεύουσιν εἰς τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ, 13 οἳ οὐκ ἐξ αἱμάτων οὐδὲ ἐκ θελήματος σαρκὸς οὐδὲ ἐκ θελήματος ἀνδρὸς ἀλλʼ ἐκ θεοῦ ἐγεννήθησαν.
JOHN 1: 9-13 SBLGNT
In the prior verse, John 1: 8, it is made clear that John the Baptist is not the Light, and he is not the promised Messiah that the prophets had foretold. However, he was the person who would bear witness to the coming of the Messiah. The role Jesus would undertake as outlined in Isaiah 49:6 as the servant of the one who sent Him who would gather all God’s creation to the salvation brought forth through the forgiveness of our sins and the resurrection of our souls to the promise of the Kingdom to come.
The Light that reveals and calls us to realize our inability to gain righteousness. Jesus was the Light that reveals and does not give provide instant salvation. The gift of the Light to all was not as many interpret; self-illumination, instant recognized salvation and a guaranteed future.
Edwin Blum, in his book, “John,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, writes very knowledgeably to this fact which many denominations have disregarded.
“Christ gives Light to every man. This does not mean universal salvation or general revelation or even inner illumination. Instead, it means that Christ as the Light shines
(phōtizei) on each person either in salvation or in illuminating him with regard to his sin and coming judgment.”
Jesus Christ makes this very clear in John 3: 18-21 ESV
18 “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: the Light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the Light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the Light and does not come to the Light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the Light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”
John writing after the resurrection displays the anonymity of humanity to continue to turn away from the love and grace of God, to walk up the gates of heaven through Jesus Christ. The testimony of the Gospels reveals the truth, and still, ‘the world did not know him.’
Through the testimony and recorded truths, humanity exercises its free will, not to accept the truth revealed by the Light of Christ, as the next verse reveals that Jesus came to his own, he came as man, born into an earthly realm and grew up son to a carpenter in a small town by
the sea of Galilee. He was not born to a royal house, for the royal house that he governs is far greater than any of this world. He came for humanity, he came because of the love for the Father and the creation. He came because of us. Moreover, still, ‘we did not know him.” The Jews of that age were born of the chosen nation. The nation was brought forth by God Himself and ultimately the nation that crucifies its own. Today’s Christians are covered by his blood on the cross, which redeems us like the Jews then, but we continue to redefine the Gospel and practices only to fit our narrative. Each time we do what is good in our eyes, we ridicule the Word in the testimony of the Gospel. Are we any different?
Jews may have crucified Jesus 2000 years ago once, but we continue to do it every day.
The one verse that challenges any secular belief that we are forced to believe is that we are not saved unless we do and subjugate ourselves. In John 1:12 – “But to all who did not receive him, who believed in his name. he gave the right to come children of God.”
God has given us the right to choose, and when judgement comes, what excuse do you or whom would you blame. Ultimately, ‘free will’ provides you with the freedom to choose, and your choice must be accounted for.
William Hendriksen and Simon J. Kistemaker, in their book, Exposition of the Gospel According to John, vol. 1, New Testament Commentary, writes,
“While the world and its representative, the Jewish people, rejected the Savior, individuals accepted him. But these persons receive the greatest spiritual benefit without respect to nationality or physical descent. The expression “as many as” amounts to “whosoever” whether Jew or Gentile. The Jew was very slow to learn that in the new dispensation, there are no special privileges based upon physical relationships. And the evangelist is keenly aware of this Jewish trait, as he indicates again and again in his book.”
Verse 13, 13 “who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” sums it up to my continuous propagation that it is never by our abilities that we presuppose everything in our lives with no regard to accountability. God knows our hearts and our weak choices. Not by our will and choices but by God Himself, who provides us with the means and the empowerment through the spirit to pick up our broken selves, dust off our inequities, and hold our spirit and soul up high in a manner that mirrors our Lord example. Hence to walk as a witness to his glory for all the world to witness.
It is by the power of our Creator, who has delivered us from damnation, and given us the Light to see our sin and shown us the divine Love, and empowered us with the Holy Spirit, can we be saved.