See what wonderful love the Father has bestowed on us in letting us be called God's children, and that is what we are! This is why the world does not know what we are, because it has never come to know Him.
But to all who did accept Him, and trust in His name, He gave the right to become the children of God,
"For God loved the world so much that He gave His Only Son, so that anyone who trusts in Him may never perish but have eternal life.
They will do this, because they have never come to know God nor me.
Righteous Father, although the world did not know you, I did know you, and these men have come to know that you sent me,
If the world continues to hate you, remember that it has first hated me.
But God proves His love for us by the fact that Christ died for us while we were still sinners.
For all who are guided by God's Spirit are God's sons.
that even nature itself might finally be set free from its bondage to decay, so as to share the glorious freedom of God's children.
Since He did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not with Him graciously give us everything else?
Just as He says in Hosea: "I will call a people that was not mine, my people, and her who was not beloved, my beloved,
I will be a Father to you, and you will be sons and daughters of mine,' The Lord Almighty said."
And if you belong to Christ, then you are real descendants of Abraham, and heirs in accordance with the promise made to him.
to ransom those who were subject to law, so that we might be adopted as sons.
But God, who is so rich in mercy on account of the great love He has for us,
so that you with all God's people may be strong enough to grasp the idea of the breadth and length, the height and depth,
for you have died, and your life is now hidden in God through your fellowship with Christ.
This is the way God's love for us has been shown, namely, God has sent His only Son into the world that we through Him might have life.