John knew that Jesus came from heaven as the Son of God, while he was a sinful, mortal man, who could only speak about the more plain subjects of religion. 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. What member of the Jewish ruling council questions Jesus about the meaning of being born again? New book: finding faith and motivation to lose weight. #1:13|, and its tendency is to heaven. 13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. 53:1, 3; John 3:11; 15:15 what He has seen and heard, that He testifies; and no one receives His testimony. Change Language {{#items}} {{local_title}} 27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. Christ's stating of the doctrine and the necessity of regeneration, it should seem, made it not clearer to Nicodemus. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, … Regeneration, or the new birth, is a subject to which the world is very averse; it is, however, the grand concern, in comparison with which every thing else is but trifling. 32 And # Is. 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. We are shapen in iniquity, which makes it necessary that our nature be changed. can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Thus the things of the Spirit of God are foolishness to the natural man. And here is the great gospel benefit, that whoever believes in Christ, shall not perish, but shall have everlasting life. John 3:8 Context 5Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and ofthe Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. When religion is out of fashion, there are many Nicodemites. Though the causes are hidden, the effects are plain, when the soul is brought to mourn for sin, and to breathe after Christ. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons … KJV: King James Version . My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. "But Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done, added yet this above all, that he shut up John in prison,"--Luke iii. See the powerful remedy against this fatal malady. 1 John 3:18 KJV. The love of God is shed abroad in his heart by the Holy Ghost, and is become the commanding principle of his actions. 24 For John was not yet cast into prison. How great is the misery of unbelievers! He has said, Look and be saved, look and live; lift up the eyes of your faith to Christ crucified. It springs from the enmity of the heart of man to God, from love of sin in some form. 12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? On the other hand, renewed hearts bid this light welcome. We are not to marvel at this; for, when we consider the holiness of God, the depravity of our nature, and the happiness set before us, we shall not think it strange that so much stress is laid upon this. 34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. Read also the doom of those that would not know Christ. 35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. 24 For John was not yet cast into prison. #11-13|, shows the folly of those who make these things strange unto them; and it recommends us to search them out. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he … He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 18:18; John 7:16 For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit # John 1:16 by measure. 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 33 He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true. Christ's discourse with Nicodemus. 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Not that all those, and those only, that are baptized, are saved; but without that new birth which is wrought by the Spirit, and signified by baptism, none shall be subjects of the kingdom of heaven. John 6 John 8 John 7:37-38 King James Version (KJV) 37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 33 He who has received His testimony # Rom. John 3:13 Some manuscripts Man, who is in heaven; John 3:14 The Greek for lifted up also means exalted. But though he came by night, Jesus bid him welcome, and hereby taught us to encourage good beginnings, although weak. 25 Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying. Jesus Christ came to save us by healing us, as the children of Israel, stung with fiery serpents, were cured and lived by looking up to the brazen serpent, #Nu 21:6-9|. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. John 3:6 Or but spirit; John 3:7 The Greek is plural. 23 And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized. Barnes's John 7:38 Bible Commentary He that believeth on me - He that acknowledges me as the Messiah, and trusts in me for salvation. Notice that verse 38 defines the term "Rabbi" for the reader, something John does often in this gospel. When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more … But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. Here is God's love in giving his Son for the world. Asking Jesus where He was staying suggests that John and Andrew didn't expect to talk much with Him, right then and there. And until we have grace to do this, we shall not be cured, but still are wounded with the stings of Satan, and in a dying state. such passages as Luke 11:13, and in this Gospel John 14:16; John 15:26), we shall still interpret the words in the sense which our version gives. John 3:5. Sinful works are works of darkness. 35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. The words of Jesus were the words of God; he had the Spirit, not by measure, as the prophets, but in all fulness. John's Rebuke of Herod. 23 And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. The Spirit sends his influences where, and when, on whom, and in what measure and degree, he pleases. Perhaps no other doctrine more clearly exposes the effectiveness and thoroughness of Satan's deception of the whole world (Revelation 12:9).Jesus plainly states in John 3:13, "No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of man who is in heaven." 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 22 After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized. 27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. John 3:3 The Greek for again also means from above; also in verse 7. 10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. God so loved the world; so really, so richly. In this observe the deadly and destructive nature of sin. Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and. 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? 34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. Question: "Does John 3:5 teach that baptism is necessary for salvation?" Many think that cannot be proved, which they cannot believe. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 28 Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. Read verse in King James Version John 6:38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. We must be entirely different from what we were before, as that which begins to be at any time, is not, and cannot be the same with that which was before. Jesus Christ came to save us by pardoning us, that we might not die by the sentence of the law. New King James Version (NKJV) Here is gospel, good news indeed. Christ is hated, because sin is loved. 3 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. 26 And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him. 34 # Deut. John 7:38. Something is wrong, whereby such a life begins as shall last for ever. If, however, we remember that John the Baptist is the speaker, and that he had seen “the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and coming upon Him” (see Note on Matthew 3:16, and comp. 38 Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said: ‘Streams of living water will flow from within him.’” 39 He was speaking about the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive. He shows the Author of this blessed change. Preached May 15, 1853. Birth is the beginning of life; to be born again, is to begin to live anew, as those who have lived much amiss, or to little purpose. 36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. John 3:36 Context. If any so far slight either their disease by sin, or the method of cure by Christ, as not to receive Christ upon his own terms, their ruin is upon their own heads. John 3:1-8. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease. What Christ speak, Nicodemus misunderstood, as if there had been no other way of regenerating and new-moulding an immortal soul, than by new-framing the body. 3 For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. Answer: As with any single verse or passage, we discern what it teaches by first filtering it through what we know the Bible teaches on the subject at hand. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wicked world keep as far from this light as they can, lest their deeds should be reproved. From all this is shown the happiness of true believers; he that believeth in Christ is not condemned. 6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. God sent One to save us, that was dearest to himself; and shall he not be dearest to us? Here, also, is the great gospel duty, to believe in Jesus Christ. "22-36 John was fully satisfied with the place and work assigned him; but Jesus came on a more important work. Behold and wonder, that the great God should love such a worthless world! they are condemned already; which speaks a certain condemnation; a present condemnation. Referring to Him as "Rabbi" was a gesture of respect. 9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? John 3:34, KJV: "For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him." Change Language {{#items}} {{local_title}} John 3:34 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] John 3:34, NIV: "For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit." Christ's discourse with Nicodemus. Unbelief is a sin against the remedy. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. CHAPTER 3. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he … John 7:38 KJV. No stronger expression could have been chosen to signify a great and most remarkable change of state and character. John 3:34, ESV: "For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure." 35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Everlasting life could only be had by faith in Him, and might be thus obtained; whereas all those, who believe not in the Son of God, cannot partake of salvation, but the wrath of God for ever rests upon them.Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710. Though he has been a great sinner, yet he is not dealt with according to what his sins deserve. John 3:13. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 3:4; 1 John 5:10 has certified that God is true. Living Water 37 On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood up and called out in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. So long as he continues under a load of unforgiven guilt, there can be little else than slavish fear of God; but when his doubts are done away, when he sees the righteous ground whereon this forgiveness is built, he rests on it as his own, and is united to God by unfeigned love. if after a few mornings and evenings spent in unthinking mirth, carnal pleasure, and riot, we die in our sins, and lie down in sorrow? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. When religion is out of fashion, there are many Nicodemites. In fact, Nicodemus immediately misconstrued what Christ meant, understanding His analogy on a purely physical level, as another literal birth. This new birth is from heaven, ch. The teaching on the born-again doctrine—found primarily in John 3 but expanded by Paul, Peter, and John in later writings—has been prone to misunderstanding since Jesus Christ spoke to Nicodemus about it nearly two thousand years ago. A good man acts truly and sincerely in all he does. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. 29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? 31 He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all. 28 Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. To which what follows is a great encouragement; as the Scripture hath said: What does it signify though we are well able to act our parts in life, in every other respect, if at last we hear from the Supreme Judge, "Depart from me, I know you not, ye workers of iniquity? Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? 12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? But he acknowledged his ignorance, which shows a desire to be better informed. Bible Language English. 31 He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all. 26 And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him.