Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
But as many as received him, to them he gave power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believeth in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.
How excellent is thy loving-kindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.
And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O Lord GOD; but thou hast spoken also of thy servant's house for a great while to come. And is this the manner of man, O Lord GOD?
Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!
Maschil of Ethan the Ezrahite. I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.
But I said, How shall I put thee among the children, and give thee a pleasant land, a goodly heritage of the hosts of nations? and I said, Thou shalt call me, My father; and shalt not turn away from me.
Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said to them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said to them, Ye are the sons of the living God.
If the world hateth you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
But God commendeth his love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption, into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
As he saith also in Hosea, I will call them My people, who were not my people; and her Beloved, who was not beloved.
And I will be a Father to you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
And if ye are Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us,
May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and highth.
In this was manifested the love of God towards us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.