John 3:1-8. Notice that verse 38 defines the term "Rabbi" for the reader, something John does often in this gospel. "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. John 3:5. The love of God is shed abroad in his heart by the Holy Ghost, and is become the commanding principle of his actions. 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. 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? It is a great change made in the heart of a sinner, by the power of the Holy Spirit. See the powerful remedy against this fatal malady. 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. 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. 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. Bible Language English. 9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? The wind bloweth where it listeth for us; God directs it. 34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. KJV: King James Version . 24 For John was not yet cast into prison. 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. We must have a new nature, new principles, new affections, new aims. In this observe the deadly and destructive nature of sin. 12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly 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. 10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? 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. It is then further explained by the Lord Jesus. 8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. 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. Christ's stating of the doctrine and the necessity of regeneration, it should seem, made it not clearer to Nicodemus. 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. John 3:8 The Greek for Spirit is the same as that for wind. Behold and wonder, that the great God should love such a worthless world! 6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. He has said, Look and be saved, look and live; lift up the eyes of your faith to Christ crucified. 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. 34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. John 4:38 (King James Version) Deuteronomy 1:8 (Read all of Deuteronomy 1 ) Behold , I have set the land before you : go in and possess the land which the Lord 1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons … Change Language {{#items}} {{local_title}} New King James Version (NKJV) Jesus Christ is every way able to reveal the will of God to us; for he came down from heaven, and yet is in heaven. 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. 22 After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized. 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. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. Our Saviour spoke of the necessity and nature of regeneration or the new birth, and at once directed Nicodemus to the source of holiness of the heart. 35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. Here is gospel, good news indeed. John 3:13 Some manuscripts Man, who is in heaven; John 3:14 The Greek for lifted up also means exalted. 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. Preached May 15, 1853. 25 Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying. 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. 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. Thus the things of the Spirit of God are foolishness to the natural man. 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|. There is also a condemnation grounded on their former guilt; they are open to the law for all their sins; because they are not by faith interested in the gospel pardon. 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. It is not wrought by any wisdom or power of our own, but by the power of the blessed Spirit. 23 And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized. Christ's discourse with Nicodemus. But though he came by night, Jesus bid him welcome, and hereby taught us to encourage good beginnings, although weak. On the other hand, renewed hearts bid this light welcome. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 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. 28 Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. John 3:4; John 7:38 Read chapter in King James Version. And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven. 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. 1, 2. 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. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 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. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he … 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. John 7:38. 32 And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony. To which what follows is a great encouragement; as the Scripture hath said: John 3:36 Context. When religion is out of fashion, there are many Nicodemites. 24 For John was not yet cast into prison. When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more … 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 3:28 Context. God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, and so saving it. Version. Change Language {{#items}} {{local_title}} 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? 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. He that believeth on me Which explains what is meant by coming to Christ, and drinking; for these acts are no other than for a man to go out of himself to Christ, and live by faith on him, and his grace. God so loved the world; so really, so richly. He whom we offended is our Peace, and the way of applying for a cure is by believing. JOHN'S REBUKE OF HEROD. Something is wrong, whereby such a life begins as shall last for ever. 33 He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true. A good man acts truly and sincerely in all he does. Question: "Does John 3:5 teach that baptism is necessary for salvation?" Unbelief is a sin against the remedy. Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. Sinful works are works of darkness. Here, also, is the great gospel duty, to believe in Jesus Christ. But he acknowledged his ignorance, which shows a desire to be better informed. 25 Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying. John 7:38 KJV. 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." It is also probable that Christ had reference to the ordinance of baptism. From all this is shown the happiness of true believers; he that believeth in Christ is not condemned. 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. We have here a notice of Christ's two distinct natures in one person, so that while he is the Son of man, yet he is in heaven. 32 And # Is. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. Asking Jesus where He was staying suggests that John and Andrew didn't expect to talk much with Him, right then and there. 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. 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. John 3 King James Version << John 2 | John 3 | John 4 >> Jesus and Nicodemus. 19, 20. He shows the Author of this blessed change. Referring to Him as "Rabbi" was a gesture of respect. 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