I John 3:1

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

As you skim through the list of songs below, you’ll notice songs from this verse from each era of Christian songwriting. One example is this late-1800s hymn by Daniel Warner (full lyrics and sheet music here):

Behold, what love, what boundless love
The Father hath bestowed on us,
That we should be the sons of God,
And share His righteousness.

Behold, what love, behold, what love
The Father hath bestowed,
That we should be the sons of God,
Through Jesus’ precious blood.

I John 3:2

Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

This verse also supports a nice stylistic and chronological spectrum of songs, including a Booth Brothers song quoting the verse and a Sandi Patty song inspired by it:

Expository Songs

Behold th’ amazing gift of love (I John 3:1-4) (1709)
Isaac Watts | Popularized by Hymns and Spiritual Songs (1707-09)
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Behold What Manner of Love (I John 3:1) (1978)
Patricia Van Tine | Popularized by Maranatha Music
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

Behold What Wondrous Grace (I John 3:1) (1709)
Isaac Watts | Popularized by Hymns and Spir­it­u­al Songs (1707-09)
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Behold, what Love! (I John 3:1)
M. S. S.
Lyrics | Sheet Music

What Manner of Love (I John 3:1)
Daniel S. Warner
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Beloved, Now are We (I John 3:2)
Daniel Whittle and D.W. Whittle (El Nathan)
Lyrics | Sheet Music

By Grace we know, to us it’s clear (I John 3:2)
James Relly
Lyrics

Now are we Sons of God! (I John 3:2)
James Relly
Lyrics

We Shall See Him (I John 3:2)
Mary Pyper
Lyrics | Sheet Music

We Will See Him As He Is (I John 3:2)
Popularized by Sandi Patty
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

When He Appears (I John 3:2) (2014)
Popularized by Joshua Aaron
YouTube | Amazon

When We See Him (I John 3:2)
Popularized by Maranatha Music
YouTube | Amazon

Love One Another (I John 3:11-23) (1996)
Jon Mohr, Randall Dennis | Popularized by Steve Green
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

O Christian brethren, marvel not (I John 3:13-18)
Lyrics

By This We Know Love (I John 3:16) (2009)
Judah Groveman | Popularized by Sovereign Grace Music
Lyrics | Sheet Music | YouTube

This Is How We Know (I John 3:16) (2012)
Popularized by Jamie Owens-Collins
YouTube | Amazon

Other References

Behold What Love (I John 3:1)
Barney Warren
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Behold What Manner of Love (I John 3:1)
Eddie Street | Popularized by The McKameys
YouTube | Amazon

We Shall Be Like Him (I John 3:2)
Squire Parsons | Popularized by The Statesmen
Amazon

We Shall See Jesus (I John 3:2)
Dianne Wilkinson | Popularized by The Cathedrals
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

When He Comes Down (I John 3:2)
George Lewis | Popularized by The Hoppers
YouTube | Amazon

This is the Gospel of Christ (I John 3:8)
Popularized by Scott Wesley Brown
YouTube | Amazon

Love One Another (I John 3:11) (2006)
John Michael Talbot | Popularized by John Michael Talbot
YouTube | Amazon

Love One Another (I John 3:11) (1997)
Popularized by Kathy Troccoli
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

Love One Another (I John 3:11) (1980)
Popularized by David Meece
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

This Is How We Know (I John 3:16) (2010)
Popularized by Matt Redman
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

Love One Another (I John 3:23) (2006)
John Michael Talbot | Popularized by John Michael Talbot
YouTube | Amazon

Love One Another (I John 3:23) (1997)
Popularized by Kathy Troccoli
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

Quotes

First John (I John 3:2)
Lari Goss | Popularized by Booth Brothers
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

This Is How We Know (I John 3:16) (1991)
Frank Hernandez | Popularized by Steve Green and Hide ‘Em In Your Heart
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

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