New International Version
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God--
King James Bible
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:
Darby Bible Translation
but as many as received him, to them gave he [the] right to be children of God, to those that believe on his name;
World English Bible
But as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become God's children, to those who believe in his name:
Young's Literal Translation
but as many as did receive him to them he gave authority to become sons of God -- to those believing in his name,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Gave he power - Εξουσιαν, Privilege, honor, dignity, or right. He who is made a child of God enjoys the greatest privilege which the Divine Being can confer on this side eternity. Those who accept Jesus Christ, as he is offered to them in the Gospel, have, through his blood, a right to this sonship; for by that sacrifice this blessing was purchased; and the fullest promises of God confirm it to all who believe. And those who are engrafted in the heavenly family have the highest honor and dignity to which it is possible for a human soul to arrive. What an astonishing thought is this! The sinner, who was an heir to all God's curses, has, through the sacrifice of Jesus, a claim on the mercy of the Most High, and a right to be saved! Even justice itself, on the ground of its holy and eternal nature, gives salvation to the vilest who take refuge in this atonement; for justice has nothing to grant, or Heaven to give, which the blood of the Son of God has not merited.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
power. or, the right, or privilege. even.
Eversley. 1856. St. John i. 16, 17. "Of His fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." I wish you to mind particularly this word GRACE. You meet it very often in the Bible. You hear often said, The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Now, what does this word grace mean? It is really worth your while to know; for if a man or a woman has not grace, they will be very unhappy people, and very disagreeable …
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons
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"Yet the Israelites will be like the sand on the seashore, which cannot be measured or counted. In the place where it was said to them, 'You are not my people,' they will be called 'children of the living God.'
He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe.
He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.
Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.
and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one.
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children.
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