was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and
the world did not know Him. He came to His
own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the
right to become children of God, to those who believe in
His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the
will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."
"Train up a child in the
way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it."
"Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us,
that we should be called children of God! Therefore
the world does not know us, because it did not know
Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it
has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that
when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see
Him as He is. And everyone who has this
hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure."
He would gather together in one the
children of God who were
"The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that
we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ,
indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified
"...the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage
of corruption into the glorious liberty of the
children of God."
"In this the children of God and the children of the
devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness
is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should
love one another, not as Cain who
was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did
he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s
"Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of
God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who
is begotten of Him. By this we know that we love the
children of God, when we love God and keep His
commandments. For this is the love of God, that we
keep His commandments. And His commandments are not
burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the
world. And this is the victory that has overcome the
world— our faith."
"We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies
under the sway of the wicked one. And we know that the Son of God has come and has
given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is
true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus
Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols."
Citizens of Heaven