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John 1:12-13 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

12 But to all who did receive Him,
He gave them the right to be[a] children of God,
to those who believe in His name,
13 who were born,
not of blood,[b]
or of the will of the flesh,
or of the will of man,[c]
but of God.


  1. John 1:12 Or become
  2. John 1:13 Lit bloods; the pl form of blood occurs only here in the NT. It may refer either to lineal descent (that is, blood from one’s father and mother) or to the OT sacrificial system (that is, the various blood sacrifices). Neither is the basis for birth into the family of God.
  3. John 1:13 Or not of human lineage, or of human capacity, or of human volition

John 3:3-7 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Jesus replied, “I assure you: Unless someone is born again,[a] he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

“But how can anyone be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked Him. “Can he enter his mother’s womb a second time and be born?”

Jesus answered, “I assure you: Unless someone is born of water and the Spirit,[b] he cannot enter the kingdom of God. Whatever is born of the flesh is flesh, and whatever is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I told you that you[c] must be born again.


  1. John 3:3 The same Gk word can mean again or from above (also in v. 7).
  2. John 3:5 Or spirit, or wind; the Gk word pneuma can mean wind, spirit, or Spirit, each of which occurs in this context.
  3. John 3:7 The pronoun is pl in Gk.

John 8:41 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

41 You’re doing what your father does.”

“We weren’t born of sexual immorality,” they said. “We have one Father—God.”

1 John 3:9 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Everyone who has been born of God does not sin,[a] because His[b] seed remains in him; he is not able to sin,[c] because he has been born of God.


  1. 1 John 3:9 Or not practice sin
  2. 1 John 3:9 God’s
  3. 1 John 3:9 Or to keep on sinning

1 John 4:7 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Knowing God through Love

Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

1 John 5:1 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Messiah has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father also loves the one born of Him.

1 John 5:4 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

because whatever has been born of God conquers the world. This is the victory that has conquered the world: our faith.

1 John 5:18 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)


18 We know that everyone who has been born of God does not sin, but the One[a] who is born of God keeps him,[b][c] and the evil one does not touch him.


  1. 1 John 5:18 Jesus Christ
  2. 1 John 5:18 Other mss read himself
  3. 1 John 5:18 Or the one who is born of God keeps himself

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