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Old 06-30-2009, 08:26 PM
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Default Interpretation of John 1:12

I want to get your ideas on the reading of John 1:12; if you think it is saying that receiving Jesus precedes the belief required for salvation and that God gives the power to believe after people receive Jesus.
KJV: But as many as received him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them who believe on his name.
NIV: Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.
ESV: But to all who did receive Him, who believed on His name, He gave the right to become children of God.
NASB: But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe on His name.
It seems to me that the KJV and the NASB are saying something different than the NIV and ESV. The NIV and ESV are saying that receiving and believing are the same thing. I think, but am not positively sure, that the KJV is assuming a difference between reception and belief. If so, this would be a verse to be included in the differences between Bible versions.

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