There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:||
(3:2) "No man can do these miracles that thou doest, except
God be with him."|
Did Jesus perform many signs and wonders?
(3:3, 5) "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
Must someone be born again to be saved?
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.
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.
Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he
enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
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.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the
Spirit is spirit.||
"The wind bloeth where it listeth, and thou ... canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth."
Jesus says that no one knows which way the wind is blowing. But, of course, he was wrong about that. The
direction and speed of the wind are easily measured.
(3:12) "If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye
believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?" He was wrong about creation,
wrong about the flood, and
wrong about the smallest seed.
So why would anyone believe him when he talks about heaven?
(3:13) "No man hath ascended up to heaven."
Not even Enoch or Elijah?
Has anyone ever ascended into heaven?
(3:14) "Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness."
Jesus believed the stupid and vicious story from Numbers 21.
(God sent snakes to bite the people for complaining about the lack of food and water. Then God told
Moses to make a brass snake to cure them from the bites.)
"God so loved the world, that he gave his His only begotten Son."
As an example to parents everywhere and to save the world (from himself), God had his own son tortured and killed.
Does God love everyone?
Was Jesus God's only son?
(3:18) "He that believeth not is condemned
already, because he believed not in the name of the only begotten Son of God."
Those who, for whatever reason, do not
believe in Jesus will be tormented forever in hell.
Is Salvation by faith alone?
How are people judged by God?
(3:22) "There he tarried with them, and baptized."
Did Jesus baptize anyone?
(3:24) "John was not yet cast into prison."
Which came first: the calling of Peter and Andrew or the
imprisonment of John the Baptist?
Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
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.
Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?
Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest
not these things?
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify
that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
|3:12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye
believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
And no man hath
ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son
of man which is in heaven.
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.
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.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the
world through him might be saved.
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.
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men
loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the
light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made
manifest, that they are wrought in God.
After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried
with them, and baptized.
And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much
water there: and they came, and were baptized.
For John was not yet
cast into prison.
Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews
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.
John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him
(3:27) "John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him
Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that
I am sent before him.||
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.||
He must increase, but I must decrease.||
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.||
And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his
He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that god is true.||
"He that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him."
The "wrath of God" is on all non-believers.
Is Salvation by faith alone?
How are people judged by God?
For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not
the Spirit by measure unto him.
The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.
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.
- Be born again.
- 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. 3:3
- Believe in Jesus.
- Whosoever believeth in him [Jesus] should not perish, but have everlasting life. ... He that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 3:16
- He that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. 3:36
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- Dwindling in Unbelief
- Love Wins (Faith Loses)(John 3:3}
- Putting John 3:16 in context
(3:14-15, 16, 18, 36)
- Things on which the
Bible and Quran agree (3:18, 36)
- 50 reasons to be
ashamed (and not a fan) of Jesus (3:14)
- 186 ways to get yourself saved
(3:3, 5, 16, 36)
- Tebow 136: God's message from
last night's game (3:16)
- What if we could edit the Bible?
(Opening Karl Giberson's can of worms) (3:36)