The Gospel according to S. John.
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1 Christ teacheth Nicodemus the necessitie of regeneration. 14 Of faith in his death. 16 The great loue of God towards the world. 18 Condemnation for vnbeliefe. 23 The baptisme, witnes & doctrine of Iohn concerning Christ.
Original 1611 KJV Sidenote References for John Chapter 3
3 Or, from aboue.
7 Or, from aboue.
14 Num.21. 9.
16 1. Iohn 4. 9.
17 Chap. 12. 47.
20 Or, discouered.
22 Chap.4. 2.
26 Chap.1. 7,34.
27 Heb.5.4. , Or, take vnto himselfe.
28 Chap.1. 20.
35 Matth.11. 27.
36 Habac.2. 4. 1.iohn 5. 10.
* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania
View People's New Testament Notes for John Chapter 3
Joh 3:1 Christ and Nicodemus SUMMARY OF JOHN 3: The Ruler Seeking Jesus by Night. The Necessity of a New Birth of Water and of the Spirit. The Son of Man to Be Lifted Up. The Love of God for Man. Condemnation for Unbelief. John at Aenon. John's Testimony. There was a man . . . named Nicodemus. Nicodemus is named only three times by John, and not elsewhere; (1) here; (2) in Joh 7:50, where he protests against condemning Jesus unheard; and (3) in Joh 19:39, where he aids Joseph of Arimathea in the burial of Jesus. Of the Pharisees, . . . a ruler of the Jews. He was a Pharisee, a member of the Sanhedrin (a ruler), and "a master of Israel" (a rabbi) (Joh 3:10).
Joh 3:2 The same came to Jesus by night. He probably chose the night in order to escape observation. He did not dare encounter the hostility of the priests, filled with rage over the cleansing of the temple, and yet he wished to know more of one whom he believed to be sent from God. Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God. Nicodemus confesses, not only his belief, but that of his fellow Pharisees and rulers. The miracles of Jesus convinced them, even if they would not admit it, that he was a teacher sent from God. He came for information, and Jesus recognized it in what follows.
Joh 3:3 Verily, verily, I say unto thee. This form of expression was often upon the lips of Jesus to give emphasis to an unusually solemn and weighty declaration. It occurs twenty-five times in John. See PNT "Mt 5:18". Except a man be born again, etc. The Greek term "anothen", translated "again", is rendered "anew" in the Revised Version, which is better. It is the great doctrine, so fundamental in the Gospel, of Regeneration, a new birth, being made a new creature, the same doctrine spoken of in Joh 1:12,13. Nicodemus, like all Jews, supposed that all who were born as children of Abraham would, as Abraham's seed, be citizens of the kingdom, but Jesus shows him that no one can be a new creature in Christ Jesus unless he is born anew. We are born naturally into the kingdom of nature, to live the natural life; if we enter the kingdom of heaven, the kingdom of grace, it must be by a new birth. The doctrine that a man can bury his old sinful life, and begin a new one with the freshness of youthful hope, is foreshadowed in the Old Testament (Isa 1:18 Jer 31:33 Eze 11:19 36:26), and taught in the New Testament (Ro 6:8 8:3 12:2 2Co 5:17 Ga 6:15,16).
Joh 3:4 How can a man be born again when he is old? The question of Nicodemus indicates his surprise, skepticism and misapprehension of what Jesus meant.
Joh 3:5 Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, etc. Jesus does not reply directly to the question of Nicodemus, but proceeds to give more explicit statement concerning the new birth. One must be born of water and of the Spirit. Whatever this may mean, it will be admitted by all (1) that no one is a member of the kingdom of God until he is born again; (2) that the Savior declares the impossibility of one entering who is not born of water and of the Spirit. All agree that the birth of the Spirit refers to the inward, or spiritual change that takes place, and all candid authorities agree that "born of water" refers to baptism. So Alford, Wesley, Abbot, Whitby, Olshausen, Tholuck, Prof. Wm. Milligan, the Episcopal Prayer Book, the Westminister Confession, the M. E. Discipline, and M. E. Doctrinal Tracts, and also the writers of the early Church all declare. Alford says: ``All attempts to get rid of this have sprung from doctrinal prejudices.'' Abbott says: ``We are to understand Christ as he expected his auditor to understand him. John the Baptist baptized both Jew and Gentile as a sign of purification by repentance from past sins. Nicodemus would then have certainly understood by the expression, "born of water", a reference to this rite of baptism.''
Joh 3:7 Ye must be born again. The necessity is implied in the word "kingdom" in Joh 3:5. No one born a citizen of England can become a citizen of the United States without complying with our naturalization laws. The kingdom of God has its naturalization laws, and there is no other way of entrance than to be born of water and of the Spirit. We may not understand all the mysteries of the new birth, any more than we do those of the natural birth, but we can understand what has to be done and what is necessary. Two things are needful: the spirit must be renewed; we must be baptized.
Joh 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, etc. Most commentators have held that this means: "As the wind moves mysteriously, so does the Spirit, and it breathes upon whom it will, effecting the inward change called the birth of the Spirit arbitrarily". This view I believe due to a wrong translation, sanctioned, not by Greek, but by current theology. Let it be noted that: (1) Exactly the same Greek term "pneuma" is rendered "wind" and "Spirit" in this verse. It is a violation of all law that the same word should experience so radical a change of meaning in the same sentence. (2) That the word "pneuma" is not translated "wind" elsewhere, although it occurs scores of times in the New Testament, but is always rendered "Spirit". (3) Another word in the Greek, "anemos", is usually used to represent "wind". (4) The erroneous idea creates a confusion of figures. It makes Christ to say: "The wind bloweth where it listeth; so is (not the Spirit, but) every one born of the Spirit". It affirms of him who is born just what is affirmed of the wind, a thing the Savior never did. These facts are sufficient to show that the rendering "wind" is wrong. All we have to do is to translate "pneuma" here, as is done in the latter part of the verse and elsewhere in the New Testament. The verse then reads: "The Spirit ("pneuma") breathes where it pleases and thou hearest the voice thereof, but canst not tell whence it comes nor whither it goes. So (by hearing its voice) is every one born of the Spirit" ("pneuma"). The meaning is: The Spirit breathes where it wills and you recognize its manifestation by its voice; by the words spoken by men of God as the Holy Spirit gives them utterance. You cannot tell whence the Spirit comes to whither it goes, but you can hear its voice when it does come. "So", by hearing the voice of the Spirit is every one born of the Spirit. He who receives by faith the communications of the Spirit is born of the Spirit. The birth of the Spirit is not the same thing as the gift of the Spirit. To those who are born of the Spirit is given. "'Because' ye are sons, God hath sent the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father" (Ga 4:6). Hence, in harmony with the above view, Peter says, "Being born again, not by corruptible seed, but incorruptible, through the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever" (1Pe 1:23).
Joh 3:10 Art thou a master of Israel? The question implies that Nicodemus was one of the doctors of the law. These made very arrogant claims of superior knowledge.
Joh 3:11 We speak that we do know . . . ye receive not our testimony. "Ye" includes Nicodemus and all Jews who failed to confess him; "we" includes himself and those who should testify of him by the Spirit.
Joh 3:12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not. He had spoken of the things that belonged to the kingdom of God on earth, of the new birth. If Nicodemus could not understand and believe this, how would he receive testimony concerning the heavenly kingdom, God, and eternal glory?
Joh 3:13 And no man hath ascended, etc. This implies: (1) That he existed before he appeared on earth. (2) That heaven was his true abode. (3) That, on earth, his spirit was in communication with heaven.
Joh 3:14,15 As Moses lifted up the serpent, etc. The reference is to Nu 21:4-9. As the bitten Israelites were healed by looking upon the brazen serpent lifted on high, so the world in sin, is saved by looking to Jesus lifted up upon the cross.
Joh 3:16,17 For God so loved the world, etc. There is no sweeter verse in the Bible. It declares: (1) That God is love. (2) That he loved the world instead of hating it. (3) That he "so" loved that he gave his Son. The Son did not come to appease the Father's wrath, but the Father sent him because he loved so well. (4) That he came to keep men from perishing.
Joh 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned. "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved" (Mr 16:16). Faith in Christ is essential to salvation, because it is the power that leads to obedience to him. He that believeth not is condemned already. "Shall be damned" (Mr 16:16). The unbeliever condemns himself. He is lost and refuses to be saved by Christ.
Joh 3:19,20 This is the condemnation. That men refuse the light. Usually it is not evidence, but an honest heart and a sincere desire for truth, that are needed in order to have faith. All kinds of evil doers hate the light.
Joh 3:21 He that doeth truth. Truth has to be lived. He who lives it, lives an honest life sincerely desiring light, will come to the light.
Joh 3:22 Came into the land of Judaea. Left Jerusalem and went into the country districts. Tarried . . . and baptized. The first intimation that Jesus administered the baptismal rite. He did it through his disciples (Joh 4:2).
Joh 3:23 And John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim. The site was first identified by Lt. Conder, of the British Palestine Exploration. He found a village of Ainun near another named Salim, not far from the Jordan, northeast of Samaria, with, as he says ("Tent Work", p. 92): ``the two requisites for the scene of baptism of a large multitude;--an open space and abundance of water.'' Prof. McGarvey, who visited it, says, ``Pools, well suited for baptizing are abundant.'' Because there was much water there. This explains, not why John preached at Aenon, but why he baptized there. "Much water" was essential to baptism in New Testament times.
Joh 3:25 There arose a question, etc. The Revised Version says "with a Jew", probably a Pharisee who associated baptism with ceremonial purification.
Joh 3:26 He that was with thee beyond Jordan. From the fact that John's disciples mention Jesus, it is evident that his name came up in the discussion.
Joh 3:28 Ye yourselves bear me witness. They complain of the fact that Jesus baptized and was very popular at this time, but John refers to the witness he had borne (Joh 1:20,29), and affirms that each is fulfilling the work "given him of heaven" (Joh 3:27).
Joh 3:29 The bride. The Church. The bridegroom. Christ. The friend of the bridegroom . . . rejoiceth. John already rejoices in the prospect of the union of the Bridegroom and Bride.
Joh 3:31 He that cometh from above. Christ, who is, therefore, above and over John.
Joh 3:32 No man receiveth his testimony. So few at that time that those who received were as nothing in contrast with the others.
Joh 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life. Eternal life and eternal death turn upon trust in Christ. He who believes on the Son with a heartfelt, obedient faith, a faith that trusts all and surrenders all to the will of Christ, is born again and "hath eternal life" (Joh 6:54). The faith that saves is a faith that moves us to come to Christ.
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Anonymous's John Chapter 3 comment on 5/03/2013, 8:17am...
dieing and going to heaven is not in the bible..
Anonymous's John Chapter 3 comment on 5/03/2013, 8:13am...
if you are a part of any religious "christian" church then you have something to worry about because they don't go by the bible.. nor can they understand it or read it, except for one who the promise was made, the son of david, the last days prophet who can read the book and run and those who hear, " my sheep hear my voice and a stranger they will not follow." do you pray with your head covered, do you speak in tongues, aka received the holy ghost, and can speak directly to God almighty, who's name is jahovah and speak to him without a mediator in an unknown tongue, in words which cannot be understood, are you before a hebrew, the one who can read the book, the son of david, because salvation is of the jews, not the jews that call themselves jews and they are not, the original jews were black, the jews that say they are jews are cananites, those who lived around the area and moved in when all the oringal jews and even their bones were scattered accros far lands, do you call no man father, except for the father in heaven, are you self righteous, or meek and humble, because the meek shall inherit the earth, altho knowledge puffs up, so you have to always share out of love, and not inspite or looking down on others, the simplicity of christ, but yes the first thing is to get baptized in Jesus name, the name above all names which you should be baptized in , and then tarry for the holy ghost, so you can be led to the place you need to be, because God does not dwell in a temple made with hands, your body is a temple, but if you seek him in sincerity and truth and pray in the holy ghost he will lead you to sion, zion, mount zion, the son of david, the judge who is standing at the door, because one lamb was given and another was taken, Jesus died so you do not have to die, he got up whole body, no bones left in the grave, the same person, look at the holes in my side and in my hands, it was not his twin, he didn't get buried and go to heaven, he got up whole body, not body left in the grave, and spirit went up , he went up whole body, as heaven is undefiled, and only those who are in heaven are those who came down from heaven, and Jesus died and got up by the power of God, and death was abolished 2 thousand years ago, the last enemy to be destroyed is death, the apostles were martyed, remember they said we will drink of the same cup, you surly will, so they are under the alter, waiting for the time, when the gospel will be preached across the world, and the trump will sound, when the dead in christ shall be made incrorruptable, and those who fell on sleep, the ones who died and were baptized in jesus name, and i will tell you a mystery we shall not all die but we shall all be changed, and those who are alive shall continue, and not die, I will never see death, because God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosever beleiveth in him shall not die, never perish, not go the way of the grave, the blind lead the blind and they all fall into the ditch, the grave, hell, hell is the grave, and death holds them in it, and death and hell were cast in the lake of fire, but I shall never perish , my flesh will be changed, not die and go to heaven that lie that the so called christian churches preach, the lie of the devil, but continue and have ever lasting life, but all the children of pride are of the devil, and I seek God in meekness and sincerity as a child, God said in the beginning was the word and the word was with God, and the word was God and the word was made flesh, Jesus is the word of God made flesh, God is one, and remember he told saul, I will give you WORDS by which you shall be saved, and not is the time that we can live and not die, and never perish, because God is not a God of the dead, but of the living, and dyeing and going to heaven is not in the bible, it sounds nice, but it just not true, so seek the holy ghost, and if you are a sheep you will hear Gods voice, if you do not hear me then you do not hear God, because I don't go by my own opinion everything ive said is written in the bible, the king james bible, and the king james bible not another bible because the heart of a king is in the hand of the lord and he movetheth it whithersover he want, God can take the heart of a king and move it to and fro, but they were not the son of david, but the people who have placks on their walls that say they can read the bible, but wisdom is given by God, and they made their own bibles, and really those people who say they are christians are in the way, and they preach a different jesus, the jesus that they preach meaning another jesus, what there is another jesus, yes the one they they talk about which is not the one thats in the bible, anyway... it takes a year to become christian, and you must find the place, there is only one place, the place where you can hear words and live, and not die, and you will never perish, will not see death, because God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosever believe in him shall never perish, not die that famous verse that they don;'t understand what it means... anyway ... a woman should pray with her head covered, a man should not, read the bible, and seek for the holy ghost, get baptized in jesus name, and tarry ,, if you seek you shall find, so keep seeking, the true place is not in a temple, and there is no road sign, read your bible daily, get baptized in jesus name, and tarry for the holy ghost, with meekness and sincerity and you will find it. God does not lie.. and these are his words.
Shigali perez's John Chapter 3 comment about verse 13 on 4/02/2013, 10:49am...
The verse isnt controversial.Putting in mind Enoch Moses and Elijah including the firstfruits of His ressurection do we say heaven its only angels God and the son?If yes where did the three I mentioned go to?
Bertus's John Chapter 3 comment about verse 5 on 6/03/2012, 6:20pm...
soos ek johannes3:5 verstaan, is dit duidelik dat n geboorte uit water deur die mens is. nie n doop met water nie.
weder geboorte is duidelik n geestelike geboorte van god af. as n mens weergebore is, dan voel en dink jy anders. jou gees in jou het lewend geword met die wedergeboorte van bo. nou lewe jy volgens die wil van die here. dit is die teenoorgestelde van sonde. die wil is die waarheid, en die waarheid is die liefde van jesus. jy kan nie meer terug draai nie. jy ken nou die waarheid. iemand wat nie weergebore is nie, kan nie so praat nie, en verstaan dit nog nie. johannes het die heilige gees van god ontvang. is nie deur water gedoop nie. hy het gemaak soos god hom beveel het in daardie tyd. jesus is deur johannes gedoop ja, god se plan is sy plan gewees. jesus doop met die heilige gees ja. jesus is aan sy volk bekend gestel deur die water doop ja. hy is klaar deur water en deur gees gedoop en gebore. vir ons almal. lewe nou deur hom, en ken die waarheid. alleenlik deur die heilige gees. mense en kerke dink nogsteeds tot vandag toe nog aan doop met water. jy moet vir jou self die vraag af vra, wat red die mens tot die ewige lewe, die doop, of die geboorte deur die heilige gees.
baie dankie vir die wat dit lees.
geseend is julle almal wat deur die heilige gees gebore is in jesus naam. AMEN
Charles's John Chapter 3 comment on 5/01/2012, 3:46am...
For the person who searches, I know what it says, but u need to know that God performed no act of sire of an earthly means. No.. rather it makes sense that God created as Spirit THEN>> saw our lost and fallen state>> knew that the only way back for us was through him>> so he wrapped himself in the womb of Mary>> lived 33yrs in an earthly ministry then in the end.. (if u can use that word.) Was crusified and resurrected himself..Did not he say U destroy this temple and in three days I'll raise it up? did not he declare that the spirit would quicken the body? He lives my freind, in every born again beleiver once they have been filled with the HolyGhost. RU Born of water and spirit? Baptisim of water(or baptizo) means to dip,plunge or submerge, has your baptisim been done with much water in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins as scripture speaks? Hve u recieved the Holy Ghost since u beleived?
Angel's John Chapter 3 comment about verse 16 on 3/04/2012, 5:20am...
God loves me so much that He sent Hiz onli Son that i may be born , not juz once but TWICE ...once by the physical and natural and once by Hiz Sprit ...ta think of that and ta kno Hiz love iz so veri true!!
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