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John 3:5

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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.


- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition

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Other Translations of John 3:5

Iesus answered, Uerily, verily I say vnto thee, except a man be borne of water and of the spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdome of God.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except one be born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God!
- American Standard Version (1901)

Jesus said in answer, Truly, I say to you, If a man's birth is not from water and from the Spirit, it is not possible for him to go into the kingdom of God.
- Basic English Bible

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except any one be born of water and of Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
- Darby Bible

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say to thee, Except a man be born of water, and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
- Webster's Bible

In most solemn truth I tell you, replied Jesus, "that unless a man is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God.
- Weymouth Bible

Jesus answered, "Most certainly I tell you, unless one is born of water and spirit, he can't enter into the Kingdom of God!
- World English Bible

Jhesus answeride, Treuli, treuli, Y seie to thee, but a man be borun ayen of watir, and of the Hooli Goost, he may not entre in to the kyngdom of God.
- Wycliffe Bible

Jesus answered, `Verily, verily, I say to thee, If any one may not be born of water, and the Spirit, he is not able to enter into the reign of God;
- Youngs Literal Bible

 

Wesley's Notes for John 3:5

3:5 Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit - Except he experience that great inward change by the Spirit, and be baptized (wherever baptism can be had) as the outward sign and means of it.

 

People's Bible Notes for John 3:5

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.''

 

Comments for John 3:5

Daniel's comment on 2014-11-21 11:48:26:

The key concepts in John 3 5 being born of water defining baptism and immediately after being born of water,that someone is to receive to the holly ghost that 's mean his is born of the spirit

 

Jeanette Lewis's comment on 2014-10-27 00:15:13:

I believe the "water " to be water baptism. I also believe the "Spirit " to be the Holy Ghost. We are buried with sin, down in the water , and we are risen with Christ coming out of the water . It is synonymous with Christ 's death, burial, resurrection. Then we must be filled with the Holy Ghost! That 's the ticket to heaven! I 've got mine!!!

 

Sherry's comment on 2014-09-06 10:54:22:

From the old testament, where Jesus is first introduced through visions and elements and through the new testament when he was brought into being, Jesus has always and still is living water. He washes the soul by the water of the word which is himself. Jesus is the water and spirit that saves. No outward sign is performed for any reason. Man wants everything to be physical, like they had some part in the salvation process, but we know everything with God is based on the truth of his word given by the power of his spirit. This is why God will only accept us when its based on spirit and truth. Men are to give the true gospel as directed by the spirit and God does the rest. men are then commanded to make disciples of those born again into Christ. This is what builds the body of Christ. If men are not walking in the spirit and doing what God says, there is no way true discipleship can take place because its the blind leading the blind into a ditch where no progress is made with spiritual the ways of God.

 

KENNETH BOLLING's comment on 2014-08-19 10:17:50:

I DO BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS THE LIVING WATER

 

Rae's comment on 2014-06-24 22:15:52:

john 3 and 23 in the same chapter they are talking about being baptized in water the thief on the cross was under the old law before the holy ghost had come please read and study the whole chapter NEVER take one or two verses and try to under stand you must study the whole chapter STUDY TO SHOW THY SELF APPROVED

 

Mark's comment on 2014-01-23 10:41:27:

All men and women of God should pray before opening the word of God and surrender to his will, no mater what we find it to be. The prayer should be for God to remove all the wordly motivation that we would all have otherwise have (like wanting a verse to mean something before we even study it or so we can argue with someone). I don't see how anyone that has prayed that prayer could possibly see this verse to be about water baptism. The entire chapter is talking about the difference between being born physically and being born spiritually. Why would this verse suddenly be about anything else? Water and of spirit; one has to be physical birth and the other spiritual birth. After all, it's not "born of spirit and of spirit". Water is simply the physical birth. Remember, this was written in an ancient language (not even exactly the same as today's Greek).

 

B. Fraser's comment on 2014-01-08 12:35:39:

I believe that vss.5&6 go together. The water meaning natural birth.From vs.6 (flesh is flesh) and vs6 (Spirit is spirit). I do not believe this is referring to water baptism because in other scripture water baptism takes place after salvation. The thief on the cross went into paradise with Jesus without water baptism so salvation CAN take place without it. Not saying it is not important.I believe water baptism is symbolic of the death and ressurection of Jesus.

 

B. Fraser's comment on 2014-01-08 12:33:05:

I believe that vss.5&6 go together. The water meaning natural birth.From vs.6 (flesh is flesh) and vs6 (Spirit is spirit). I do not believe this is referring to water baptism because in other scripture water baptism takes place after salvation. The thief on the cross went into paradise with Jesus without water baptism so salvation CAN take place without it. Not saying it is not important.I believe water baptism is symbolic of the death and ressurection of Jesus.

 

B. Fraser's comment on 2014-01-08 12:26:55:

I believe that vss.5&6 go together. The water meaning natural birth.From vs.6 (flesh is flesh) and vs6 (Spirit is spirit). I do not believe this is referring to water baptism because in other scripture water baptism takes place after salvation. The thief on the cross went into paradise with Jesus without water baptism so salvation CAN take place without it. Not saying it is not important.I believe water baptism is symbolic of the death and ressurection of Jesus.

 

Allen's comment on 2013-12-26 12:05:40:

The thief on the cross was not baptized but Jesus told him that Today you will be with Me in Paradise. One should be baptized to show the world their commitment to Christ but Baptism is not mandatory to get into heaven.

 

April Herbster's comment on 2013-12-06 05:19:07:

This verse definitely does not mean water baptism since we know that we are saved by grace and not by works and being baptized would be works. This verse is saying that one first has to be born to be eligible for salvation. When Jesus said that you have to be born again, this of course means that you have to be born the first time as well.

 

Rob Warmolts's comment on 2013-08-02 21:12:31:

This is the only way to Heaven. Seek Jesus Christ ASAP so you can enjoy life knowing that you Know the Creator and Saved by His sacrifice.

 

Ella's comment on 2013-07-15 00:06:00:

The bible says you must be water baptized, also baptized by the holy spirit. The only way to enter the gate of heaven.

 

Stephenderafael's comment on 2013-05-24 23:15:39:

I believe people misunderstand this verse, enough that a sect was established with it's own morality and political persuasion. Flesh is flesh and spirit is spirit. Without the flesh there is no Salvation. How can you show God your Heart and desire for Him, or can you perform righteous deeds from the grave. Water is a symbol of nourishment in the Bible from The river through Eden, the water in the rock, the wells of Jacob, the waterpots of wine. The flesh is born and nourished from the womb of a Woman. Jesus himself was born of woman but he lived be the Holy Spirit, the spirit of God. One who is devoid of the spirit is lifeless though his heart keeps him alive biologically. To be born of the spirit is to discriminate between the human heart and the holy spirit, our free will and the will of the Father. Rightly divide, understand that Jesus demonstrated that the life of the body and the holy spirit are distinct. The ritual baptism is nothing. Baptism is a real change and not a ceremony. Jesus was full before he was baptized which is why John said that he should be baptized of Jesus. Flesh profits nothing. It flowers and is destroyed entirely. The resurrection, the life is from God, the holy spirit, and his son who lived it on earth.

 

Maria's comment on 2012-11-09 19:08:46:

John 3:5 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. Based on the research I have done, born of water means Jesus, He is the living waters. Of the Spirit is when you come to believe have the faith, the trust and accept, that Jesus is truly the Son of God, who came down from heaven, from the Father, to pay for our sins, who suffered, was crucified, died, and on the third day was risen back to life. Jesus is the only way to eternal life, that He is the bread of life, and the Savior of the world. When you come to this stage, the Holy Spirit comes to live in you and your heart becomes circumcised and all you pretty much want to do is to please and obey God, and your resistance to sin is stronger. Mind you need to keep eating the bread of life which again is Jesus. In order to stay healthy and alive, you need water to wash with, and you also need water to drink and food to eat. To gain eternal life it is the same thing, but it is not water and food from this world, it is Jesus. You are baptized through Jesus, the living water, and you need to get the bread of life, again Jesus.

 

Maddox's comment on 2012-09-14 16:05:40:

Jesus is the water, the water of LIFE, John 3:5 also reads John 4:14. I think the water and spirit consist in believing on his name, in him Christ, is the saving grace, Christ will save you. Just like the BIBLE says so.

 

Artlip Of Blythe's comment on 2011-03-29 19:10:21:

John 3:5 is definatly WATER BAPTISM...We must be born of the water (H20) and the Spirit...

 


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