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is nothing. The world is still the world.

11. He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

Either his own world, and w^orkmanship ; or, most
])robably, his own covenanted people, the Jews, who were
sealed his by circumcision, as we are, by baptism, and the
outward profession of Christianity : but it is in vain to
us, as well as it was to them, if we do not receive him.
The words, his own, carry a black mark of ingratitude
in them.

12. 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 :

By the grace of remission, and a similitude of nature, he



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conferred on tliem both the power and the right ; and thus
they were entitled to all the blessings of well-beloved
children, plainly implying that they were not so before,
and that none can be so but by him ; and farther, he tells
us how they are so: " To them that believe on his name ;"
who receive him as their God and Saviour, their life and
light, sole relief, and whole salvation. Gal. iii. 26. " For
ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus."

13. Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh,
nor of the will of man, but of God.

Believers were " not born of blood,"" however noble, nor
by natural generation, even from Abraham : nor were they
" born of the will of the flesh," which would never desire
this heavenly birth : nor " of the will of man," which could
not attain to it : '' but of God." I3y his power and will,
bringing us into a new state, by a new birth, as much as
when we first came into being out of nothing. Every
natural man, without divine grace, is as much dead to God,
as a dead body is to the world.

14. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and
we beheld his glow, the glory as of the oiilv begotten of the
Father,) full of grace and truth.

The apostles beheld his glory in his miracles, preaching,
and conversation, and especially, at his baptism and
transfiguration ; and still most of all, in his grace and con-
verting power.



SECTION III.
Chap. i. ver. 15—27.

THE TESTIMONY OF JOHN.

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