John 3:13

And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And no man hath ascended vp to heauen, but hee that came downe from heauen, euen the Sonne of man which is in heauen.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And no one hath ascended into heaven, but he that descended out of heaven, `even' the Son of man, who is in heaven.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And no one has ever gone up to heaven but he who came down from heaven, the Son of man.
- Basic English Bible

And no one has gone up into heaven, save he who came down out of heaven, the Son of man who is in heaven.
- Darby Bible

And no man hath ascended to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man who is in heaven.
- Webster's Bible

There is no one who has gone up to Heaven, but there is One who has come down from Heaven, namely the Son of Man whose home is in Heaven.
- Weymouth Bible

No one has ascended into heaven, but he who descended out of heaven, the Son of Man, who is in heaven.
- World English Bible

And no man stieth in to heuene, but he that cam doun fro heuene, mannys sone that is in heuene.
- Wycliffe Bible

and no one hath gone up to the heaven, except he who out of the heaven came down -- the Son of Man who is in the heaven.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 3:13


3:13 For no one - For here you must rely on my single testimony, whereas there you have a cloud of witnesses: Hath gone up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven. Who is in heaven - Therefore he is omnipresent; else he could not be in heaven and on earth at once. This is a plain instance of what is usually termed the communication of properties between the Divine and human nature; whereby what is proper to the Divine nature is spoken concerning the human, and what is proper to the human is, as here, spoken of the Divine.


People's Bible Notes for John 3:13


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.

Discussion for John 3:13

  • Let us not forget Enoch Gen 5:24 Heb 11:5 and Elijah 2 Kings 2:11 all went somewhere and did not die! We also know of Paul having an experience 2Cor 12:2 of being caught up to the third heaven....Jesus said John 14:3 "... I GO and PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU, I will come again, and receive you unto myself that where I am, there ye may be also ". Jesus is coming again soon and He will takes His saints, that are alive in the flesh, to be with Him. Already the Heavens are filled with His saints who have died, but their flesh sleeps in the ground. This then is the resurrection, that when Christ comes, the dead are reunited with their bodies 1 Thess 4:16 . One cannot see this Kingdom unless they first repent of their sins or born again John 3:3 and you cannot enter into His Kingdom, unless you are baptized, and receive the Holy Spirit.... 1 John 3:5
  • Dylan John Barry for verse 13
    I think it means we cannot ascend up to heaven. We have to allow Heaven to come down through us. To be Jesus, to live in total Love and share exactly that! Which will then connect us all as Men, ascending Man. Also, I 'd like to point out it says "even the Son of Man " Jesus is the Son of God. That 's what we need to be to return to heaven. The Son of God only Knows Love and is of one consciousness, not seeing other, only brother, which in turns binds the two through Love. So to return to Heaven, be the Son of God not the Son of Man who is Jesus, do as He did give only Love. Amen.
  • Jesus is telling Nicodemus that being born again is not a new teaching. It is there in the scriptures which he should have known. He is explaining what it means to believe in Jesus. The faith of Jesus includes a renewal of obedience to the commandments. Jesus quotes the scriptures in Deuteronomy 30:11-14: "For this commandment which I command you today is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, 'Who will ascend into heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it? ' Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, 'Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it. ' But the word is very near to you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it. " Paul quotes this same passage in Romans 10:6-8: 6 But the righteousness that comes from faith talks like this: Don 't say in your heart, "Who will go up into heaven? " that is, to bring Christ down 7 or "Who will go down into the region below? " that is, to bring Christ up from the dead . 8 But what does it say? The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart that is, the message of faith that we preach . This is evidence that instead of rabbinical law rituals of purity like hand washings and circumcision , Jesus taught a renewal and rebirth of God 's law which is His commandments also summed up in the law of love.
  • Barakmba for verse 13
    It means that, before one can physically ascend to heaven one should have had a physical descend from heaven. Adding that even Jesus Christ . So this implies that all men born of women dies just as men die but of those eg Angels do Descend and as well ascend.
  • William L. Gallietes for verse 13
    the Son of Man(Jesus Christ) was the only one who ascended to Heaven,after His earthly ministry,and of course he ascended because he first came down from heaven during his birth.when he was born by the Holy Spirit of God..(Acts 1:9-11;3:15-21;Heb. 1:3;8:1; Psalm 110:1,2)
  • Since we know that Jesus came from heaven, He alone can speak with absolute authority and certainty on all matters about God, Heaven, our purpose and so on. He should know, He came from heaven. All other religions, though claiming divine inspiration, are simply speculation and wishful thinking based on obseving nature and best guesses.

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