The Gospel of John
"The World Knew Him not" (John 1:9-13)

J. Deering,

Chapter 1:9-13
"The World knew Him not"

The Visualized Text

1:9 There was the true light which,
coming into the world,
enlightens every man.

1:10 He was in the world, and
the world was made through Him, and,
the world did not know Him.

1:11 He came to His own, and
those who were
His own did not receive Him.

1:12 But
as many as received Him,
He gave the right to become
children of God,
even to those who believe in His name:

1:13 who were born not of blood,
nor of the will of the flesh,
nor of the will of man,
but of God.

Translations and Paraphrases

{9} <That> was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. {10} He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. {11} He came unto his own, and his own received him not. {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: {13} Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

New International
{9} The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.  {10} He was in the world, and through the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.  {11} He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.  {12} Yet to all who he gave the right to become children of God -- {13} children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision, or a husband's will, but born of God.

He, the aforementioned Word, was the light, the genuine light which enlightens spiritually every man as it comes into the universe.  In the universe He was, and the universe through His intermediate agency came into existence, and the world of sinners did not have a experiential knowledge of Him.  Into the midst of His own possessions He came, and His uniquely-owned people did not take Him to themselves.  But as many as appropriated Him, He gave to them a legal right to become born-ones of God, to those who place their trust in His name, who, not out of a source of bloods, nor even out of a desire of the flesh, nor even out of the desire of a male individual, but out of God were born.

Class Translation:
This one, who was “the one who is the true enlightenment,” (which enlightens all of mankind), He is being brought into the world system.
He was already being in the world system, and that world system He Himself made (genesis-ed), and that world system did not know Him experientially.
He came to (into) those who were His own, but, those who were His own did not partner alongside with Him.
1:12 whoever received Him received His authority. They were “believers in His Name.” and became “Children of God.”
These ones came
not out of nationalism, family, tribes, etc,
nor out of the will of their flesh (lusts)
nor out of the will of Men’s systems, but
Out of God were born, begotten, generated.


"The Greek word Kosmos means order, arrangement, and so, with the Greeks, beauty; for order and arrangement, in the sense of system, are at the bottom of the Greek conception of beauty.  Sometimes Kosmos means earth.  When the word is employed in the New Testament for humanity, the world of men, it denotes organized humanity -- humanity in families, tribes, nations.  The Greek word for chaotic, unorganized humanity -- the mere mass of men -- is thalassa, the "sea" of men.

When used in a bad ethical sense.  In the sense of the present world system, the ethically bad sense of the world refers to the order or arrangement under which Satan has organized the role of unbelieving mankind upon his cosmic principles of force, greed, selfishness, ambition, and pleasure.  This world system is imposing and powerful with military might; is often outwardly religious, scientific, cultured, and elegant; but, seething with national and commercial rivalries and ambitions, is upheld in any real crisis only by armed force, and is dominated by satanic principles." (The New Scofield Reference Bible Notes, Oxford University Press – 1967)

The Gift of Salvation
John 3:16  For God so loved...
Romans 3:23  For all have sinned...
Romans 6:23  For the wages of sin...
Romans 5:8  While we were yet sinners...
Romans 10:9-10  With the heart man believes...
John 1:12  But as many as received Him...
1 John 5:11-13  He who has the Son has the life...
Acts 2:41  that day about three thousand souls...
Acts 2:47  The Lord was adding to their number...



John 3:17-21
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. {18} He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. {19} And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. {20} For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. {21} But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

John 8:12
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

John 9:5
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

John 12:46
I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

1 John 2:8
Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.

VERSE  :10

1 Corinthians 8:6
But to us <there is but> one God, the Father, of whom <are> all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom <are> all things, and we by him.

Colossians 1:16
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether <they be> thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

Hebrews 1:2
Hath in these last days spoken unto us by <his> Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

Acts 13:27
For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled <them> in condemning <him>.

VERSE  :11

Luke 19:14
But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this <man> to reign over us.

VERSE  :12

Galatians 3:26
For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

John 1:7
The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all <men> through him might believe.

1 John 5:13
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

1 John 3:23
And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.

VERSE  :13

John 3:5
Jesus answered, Verily , verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and <of> the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

1 Peter 1:23
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

James 1:18
Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

1 John 2:29
If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.

John 3:9
Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?

Hebrews 11:39
And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise.

Our Study So Far:

1:1-5 The "Word" of God
1:6-8 Who John was
1:9-13 The "Word's" Ministry