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:…
We must be careful that we do not interpet the words "which were born" as if the new birth was a change which takes place in a man after he has believed in Christ, and is the next step after faith. Saving faith and regeneration are inseparable. The moment that a man really believes in Christ, however feebly, he is born of God. The weakness of his faith may make him unconscious of the change, just as a new-born infant knows little or nothing about itself. Bat where there is faith there is always new birth, and where there is no faith there is no regeneration.
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: