|Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God-|
|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:|
|But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,|
|John 1:12 |
Fallen human beings are not children of God by nature; this is the privilege only of those who have faith, a faith generated in them by the sovereign action of God (v. 13).
John softens the sweeping rejection of Messiah by stressing a believing remnant. This previews the book (JOHN) since the first 12 chapters stress the rejection of Christ, while chaps. 13-21 focus on the believing remnant who received Him.
MacArthur, J. J. (1997, c1997). The MacArthur Study Bible (electronic ed.) (Jn 1:12). : Word Pub.