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John 13:20 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.”
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Verily, verily, I say to you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send, receiveth me; and he that receiveth me, receiveth him that sent me.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Verily, verily, I say to you, He who receives whomsoever I shall send receives me; and he that receives me receives him who has sent me.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Verily, verily, I say unto you—He that receiveth whomsoever I shall send, receiveth, me; and, he that receiveth, me, receiveth him that sent me.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— verily, verily, I say to you, he who is receiving whomsoever I may send, doth receive me; and he who is receiving me, doth receive Him who sent me.'
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Amen, amen, I say to you, he that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me: and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Uerily, verily I say vnto you, he that receiueth whomsoeuer I send, receiueth me: and he that receiueth me, receiueth him that sent me.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— Amen, amen, I say to you, Whoever receiveth him whom I send receiveth me; and whoever receiveth me receiveth him who sent me.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— Verily, verily, I say to you: He that receiveth him whom I send, receiveth me; and he that receiveth me, receiveth him that sent me.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Verily, 281
{0281} Prime
ἀμήν
amen
{am-ane'}
Of Hebrew origin [H0543]; properly firm, that is, (figuratively) trustworthy; adverbially surely (often as interjection so be it).
verily, 281
{0281} Prime
ἀμήν
amen
{am-ane'}
Of Hebrew origin [H0543]; properly firm, that is, (figuratively) trustworthy; adverbially surely (often as interjection so be it).
I say 3004
{3004} Prime
λέγω
lego
{leg'-o}
A primary verb; properly to 'lay' forth, that is, (figuratively) relate (in words [usually of systematic or set discourse; whereas G2036 and G5346 generally refer to an individual expression or speech respectively; while G4483 is properly to break silence merely, and G2980 means an extended or random harangue]); by implication to mean.
z5719
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
unto you, 5213
{5213} Prime
ὑμῖν
humin
{hoo-min'}
Irregular dative case of G5210; to (with or by) you.
He that receiveth 2983
{2983} Prime
λαμβάνω
lambano
{lam-ban'-o}
A prolonged form of a primary verb, which is used only as an alternate in certain tenses; to take (in very many applications, literally and figuratively [probably objective or active, to get hold of; whereas G1209 is rather subjective or passive, to have offered to one; while G0138 is more violent, to seize or remove]).
z5723
<5723> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 2549
whomsoever 1437
{1437} Prime
ἐάν
ean
{eh-an'}
From G1487 and G0302; a conditional particle; in case that, provided, etc.; often used in connection with other particles to denote indefiniteness or uncertainty.
5100
{5100} Prime
τὶς
tis
{tis}
An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.
I send 3992
{3992} Prime
πέμπω
pempo
{pem'-po}
Apparently a primary verb; to dispatch (from the subjective view or point of departure, whereas ἵημι [[hiemi]] [as a stronger form of εἶμι [[eimi]] ] refers rather to the objective point or terminus ad quem, and G4724 denotes properly the orderly motion involved), especially on a temporary errand; also to transmit, bestow, or wield.
z5661
<5661> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Subjunctive (See G5792)
Count - 512
receiveth 2983
{2983} Prime
λαμβάνω
lambano
{lam-ban'-o}
A prolonged form of a primary verb, which is used only as an alternate in certain tenses; to take (in very many applications, literally and figuratively [probably objective or active, to get hold of; whereas G1209 is rather subjective or passive, to have offered to one; while G0138 is more violent, to seize or remove]).
z5719
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
me; 1691
{1691} Prime
ἐμέ
eme
{em-eh'}
A prolonged form of G3165; me.
and 1161
{1161} Prime
δέ
de
{deh}
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
he that receiveth 2983
{2983} Prime
λαμβάνω
lambano
{lam-ban'-o}
A prolonged form of a primary verb, which is used only as an alternate in certain tenses; to take (in very many applications, literally and figuratively [probably objective or active, to get hold of; whereas G1209 is rather subjective or passive, to have offered to one; while G0138 is more violent, to seize or remove]).
z5723
<5723> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 2549
me 1691
{1691} Prime
ἐμέ
eme
{em-eh'}
A prolonged form of G3165; me.
receiveth 2983
{2983} Prime
λαμβάνω
lambano
{lam-ban'-o}
A prolonged form of a primary verb, which is used only as an alternate in certain tenses; to take (in very many applications, literally and figuratively [probably objective or active, to get hold of; whereas G1209 is rather subjective or passive, to have offered to one; while G0138 is more violent, to seize or remove]).
z5719
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
him that sent 3992
{3992} Prime
πέμπω
pempo
{pem'-po}
Apparently a primary verb; to dispatch (from the subjective view or point of departure, whereas ἵημι [[hiemi]] [as a stronger form of εἶμι [[eimi]] ] refers rather to the objective point or terminus ad quem, and G4724 denotes properly the orderly motion involved), especially on a temporary errand; also to transmit, bestow, or wield.
z5660
<5660> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 714
me. 3165
{3165} Prime
μέ
me
{meh}
A shorter (and probably original) form of G1691; me.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

John 13:20

_ _ He that receiveth whomsoever I send, receiveth me, etc. — (See on Matthew 10:40). The connection here seems to be that despite the dishonor done to Him by Judas, and similar treatment awaiting themselves, they were to be cheered by the assurance that their office, even as His own, was divine.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on John 13:18-30.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

John 13:20

And I put my own honour upon you, my ambassadors. Matthew 10:40.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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John 12:44-48 Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me. ... He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
Matthew 10:40-42 He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. ... And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold [water] only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.
Matthew 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done [it] unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done [it] unto me.
Mark 9:37 Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.
Luke 9:48 And said unto them, Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great.
Luke 10:16 He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me.
Galatians 4:14 And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, [even] as Christ Jesus.
Colossians 2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, [so] walk ye in him:
1 Thessalonians 4:8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.
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Mt 10:40; 25:40. Mk 9:37. Lk 9:48; 10:16. Jn 12:44. Ga 4:14. Col 2:6. 1Th 4:8.

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I once had a Sunday School teacher who occasionally tried to motivate us by saying, "You may be the only Jesus some people ever know." I knew what he meant, and do not disagree with the intent. But to be honest, that sometimes troubled me a bit. Because I know how often and in how many ways I fall short of being Christ-like. Yet Jesus says something here that somewhat seems to fit that line of thinking. I believe the key is this: If Jesus (the Holy Spirit) “sends me”, and I go, then I am doing His will and not my own. And IF I am carrying out His will, in His Spirit, and someone receives 'me', then it is not actually me who they receive, but Him who sent me.

This reminds me also of Matthew 25:40 "...Inasmuch as ye have done [it] unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done [it] unto me." Certainly if we give to a stranger in and for the sake of Christ's love, this applies. Giving for His glory, we give to Him. But if we were to give for our own purpose and benefit - perhaps expecting something in return, a gift or maybe a good name for ourselves - would this verse still apply?

As for the husband and wife and one 'sanctifying' the other, I think you are referring to 1 Corinthians 7:12-16. Reading the scripture in context, we can determine that this particular form of sanctification is distinct from eternal salvation through Christ. He goes on to say in verse 16, "For what know you, O wife, whether you shall save your husband? or how know you, O man, whether you shall save your wife?" The use of the words "you shall save" interestingly fits the topic. The sanctification of the marriage has made the unbelieving spouse holy, of importance to God. But by receiving the believing spouse alone, even through the sanctified bond of marriage, the unbelieving spouse has not automatically received salvation. Something is still missing. And we know that to be Christ, Jesus our Lord, The Truth, The Way, and The Life.

Christ is God's Son, God's flesh. And we, the Church, are now (sometimes tragically) the body of Christ on earth. I am still not entirely comfortable with the statement above, "You may be the only Jesus some people ever know." Jesus is indeed the only way to the Father. But through receipt of and submission to His Spirit, we may be someones way to Him, that they may then someday know Him directly.
- jst (7/12/2011 1:36:21 AM)
Could we as Christians apply this literally; in the sense that: we have Christ's spirit dwelling in us and we are new creatures bearing not only his witness in words but his cross and resurrection in our bodies as well our reedemed souls, could be that whoever receives us, receives all this even though not yet believers? And therefore partaking of the redemption of Christ through us?? In view of this Saint Paul commented that a husband that is an unbeliever is santified by the believing wife...
- Maria (6/24/2011 6:56:18 AM)
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