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…


Believers are receivers of the greatest gift ever offered, the gift of a “second chance,” a new birth, a new life, a new destiny, now and forevermore! Salvation comes to the sinner through “receiving” Christ

This strike the balance between human responsibility (Receiving Christ) and Divine sovereignty (those who believe in Him were not born of human decision, but of God). This shows humanity’s part in salvation. Humans must respond to God’s offer of grace in Christ.

Whosoever with true repentance and faith in Christ will seek Him, the Lord will receive him as well. Revelation 3:20 gives us a clear picture of how to receive Christ,  

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

Leon Morris says, “The end of the story is not the tragedy of rejection, but the grace of acceptance.” (Ed: Or one might say the tragedy of rejection and the triumph of reception).

Main Scriptures

Luke 12:36, Colossians 2:6, Matthew 10:40


  1. What does it mean to receive Christ?
  2. What is the difference between believing in Christ and receiving Christ?
  3. Why are the Jews having a difficult time in accepting and receiving Christ? (John 1:11)
  4. According to John 1:12, why is there a need for power after receiving Christ to become a son of God?
  5. From previous lessons, what are the five steps to God (Salvation)?