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:…
Suppose you were in a dark room in the morning, the shutters closed and fastened, and only as much light coming through the chinks as made you aware it was day outside. And suppose you could say to a companion with you, "Let us open the windows, and let in the light." What would you think if he replied, "No, no; you must first put the darkness out, or the light will not enter"? You would laugh at his absurdity. Just so we cannot put sin out of our hearts to prepare for Christ's entering; we must open and take Him in, and sin will flee; fling the window open at once, and let Christ shine in.
(J. Edmond, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: 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: