Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. Jewish tradition specified that there had to be enough water to completely cover a person, and that it had to be collected naturally. No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so, For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten. 1:17; 1 John 5:10. John 3:3 - AMP - Jesus answered him, I assure you, most solemnly... Study verse in the The Amplified Bible 31 (AI)He who comes from above (AJ)is above all; (AK)he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. 7 Do not be surprised that I have told you, ‘You must be born again [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified].’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it is coming from and where it is going; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”. 18 Whoever believes and has decided to trust in Him [as personal Savior and Lord] is not judged [for this one, there is no judgment, no rejection, no condemnation]; but the one who does not believe [and has decided to reject Him as personal Savior and Lord] is judged already [that one has been convicted and sentenced], because [b]he has not believed and trusted in the name of the [One and] only begotten Son of God [the One who is truly unique, the only One of His kind, the One who alone can save him]. (Y)And they came and were baptized. 19 And this is the condemnation, (T)that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. The Greek refers to an unsaved person who has made the decision not to believe in the Son, Jesus Christ, that is, not to accept the salvation offered by the Son and commit to follow Him. (A) 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh [the physical is merely physical], and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. The Greek refers to an unsaved person who has made the decision not to believe in the Son, Jesus Christ, that is, not to accept the salvation offered by the Son and commit to follow Him. 22 After these things Jesus and His disciples went into the land of Judea, and there He spent time with them and baptized. John 3:3-6 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. 33 Whoever receives His testimony has set his seal [of approval] to this: God is true [and he knows that God cannot lie]. And so we are! The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. He cannot enter his mother’s womb a second time and be born, can he?” 5 Jesus answered, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot [ever] enter the kingdom of God. John 3:1 - 36 NOW THERE was a certain man among the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler (a leader, an authority) among the Jews. John 3:5 The Greek “kai” (“and”) may be rendered “even.” John 3:13 Some manuscripts add this phrase. 3 John Amplified Bible (AMP) You Walk in the Truth. 1 John 3 1 SEE WHAT [an incredible] quality of love the Father has given (shown, bestowed on) us, that we should [be permitted to] be named and called and counted the children of God! 17 (R)For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. So this pleasure and joy of mine is now complete. The one who practices sin [separating himself from God, and offending Him by acts of disobedience, indifference, or rebellion] is of the devil [and takes his inner character and moral values from him, not God]; for the devil has sinned and violated God’s law from the beginning. (AK) 26 They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi,(AL) that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one you testified(AM) about—look, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.”, 27 To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. 9 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can these things be possible?” 10 Jesus replied, “You are the [great and well-known] teacher of Israel, and yet you do not know nor understand these things [from Scripture]? Tools. Nicodemus grasps that Jesus is speaking of a birth. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”. (I) 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You[c] must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. 31 The one who comes from above(AQ) is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. John 3. 5:8; Eph. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 (G)The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. All rights reserved. 25 Therefore there arose a controversy between John’s disciples and a Jew in regard to # An immersion baptism was one of the requirements for a convert to Judaism, and John the Baptist had most likely taken over the ritual, giving it new meaning in his own ministry. [John 1:13; Gal. You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account. (AB) 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned,(AC) but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 2 (A)This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for (B)no one can do these signs that You do unless (C)God is with him.”, 3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, (D)unless one is born [a]again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”, 4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? John 3:15 Some interpreters end the quotation with verse 21. 10:6; 1 Cor. )(AJ) 25 An argument developed between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing. NASB change. (AD) 19 This is the verdict: Light(AE) has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. He who comes from heaven is above all. John 3:1-8. 13 No one has gone up into heaven, but there is One who came down from heaven, the Son of Man [Himself—whose home is in heaven]. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:26 George M. Lamsa, The New Testament. 21 But whoever practices truth [and does what is right—morally, ethically, spiritually] comes to the Light, so that his works may be plainly shown to be what they are—accomplished in God [divinely prompted, done with God’s help, in dependence on Him].”. 16 “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] [a]only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life. 30:12; Prov. 23 But John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, for there was an abundance of water there, and the people kept coming and being baptized. 14 (L)And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so (M)must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever (N)believes in Him should [c]not perish but (O)have eternal life. (Z) 17 For God did not send his Son into the world(AA) to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 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. (AL)He who comes from heaven is above all. 1:5], [Rom. 14 Just as Moses lifted up the [bronze] serpent in the desert [on a pole], so must the Son of Man be lifted up [on the cross],(B) 15 so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life [after physical death, and will actually live forever]. Jewish tradition specified that there had to be enough water to completely cover a … (F) 30 He must increase [in prominence], but I must decrease. 27:35; Mark 15:24; Luke 23:33; John 8:28; 12:34; 19:18, Rom. 6:15; Titus 3:5; James 1:18; 1 Pet. 21:9, Matt. 16 For God so loved(V) the world that he gave(W) his one and only Son,(X) that whoever believes(Y) in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (C) 20 For every wrongdoer hates the Light, and does not come to the Light [but shrinks from it] for fear that his [sinful, worthless] activities will be exposed and condemned. 26 So they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi (Teacher), the Man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan [at the Jordan River crossing]—and to whom you have testified—look, He is baptizing too, and everyone is going to Him!” 27 John replied, “A man can receive nothing [he can claim nothing at all] unless it has been granted to him from heaven [for there is no other source than the sovereign will of God]. (D) 23 Now John was also baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was an abundance of water there; and people were coming and were being baptized— 24 for John had not yet been thrown into prison. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge and condemn the world [that is, to initiate the final judgment of the world], but that the world might be saved through Him. 3 Now there was a certain man among the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler (member of the Sanhedrin) among the Jews, 2 who came to Jesus at night and said to Him, “Rabbi (Teacher), we know [without any doubt] that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs [these wonders, these attesting miracles] that You do unless … 15:47; Eph. J. The next step is to choose a monthly or yearly subscription, an AMP 1 John 3 Children of God Love One Another 1 See what an incredible quality of love the Father has shown to us, that we would [be permitted to] be named and called and counted the children of God! Some interpreters end the quotation with verse 21. 26 So they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi (Teacher), the Man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan [at the Jordan River crossing]—and to whom you have testified—look, He is baptizing too, and everyone is going to Him!” 27 John replied, “A man can receive nothing [he can claim nothing at all] unless it has been granted to him from heaven [for there is no other source than the sovereign will of God]. (C) 20 For every wrongdoer hates the Light, and does not come to the Light [but shrinks from it] for fear that his [sinful, worthless] activities will be exposed and condemned. the Light has come into the world, and people loved the, comes to the Light, so that his works may be plainly shown to be what they are—accomplished in God. All rights reserved worldwide. 4:9, Matt. John 3:25 An immersion baptism was one of the requirements for a convert to Judaism, and John the Baptist had most likely taken over the ritual, giving it new meaning in his own ministry. The reason that the world does not know (recognize, acknowledge) us is that it does not know (recognize, acknowledge) Him. 25 Therefore there arose a controversy between John’s disciples and a Jew in regard to [d]purification (ceremonial washing). John 3:27 Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament. 6 That which is born of the flesh is (F)flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 5:25, 27]; Rev. 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