John 3:3

“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.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for John 3:3

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

Jesus answered and said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except one be born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Jesus said to him, Truly, I say to you, Without a new birth no man is able to see the kingdom of God.
- Basic English Bible

Jesus answered and said to him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except any one be born anew he cannot see the kingdom of God.
- Darby Bible

Jesus answered and said to him, Verily, verily, I say to thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
- Webster's Bible

In most solemn truth I tell you, answered Jesus, "that unless a man is born anew he cannot see the Kingdom of God."
- Weymouth Bible

Jesus answered him, "Most certainly, I tell you, unless one is born anew, he can't see the Kingdom of God."
- World English Bible

Jhesus answerde, and seide to hym, Treuli, treuli, Y seie to thee, but a man be borun ayen, he may not se the kyngdom of God.
- Wycliffe Bible

Jesus answered and said to him, `Verily, verily, I say to thee, If any one may not be born from above, he is not able to see the reign of God;'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for John 3:3

Wesley's Notes for John 3:3

3:3 Jesus answered - That knowledge will not avail thee unless thou be born again - Otherwise thou canst not see, that is, experience and enjoy, either the inward or the glorious kingdom of God. In this solemn discourse our Lord shows, that no external profession, no ceremonial ordinances or privileges of birth, could entitle any to the blessings of the Messiah's kingdom: that an entire change of heart as well as of life was necessary for that purpose: that this could only be wrought in man by the almighty power of God: that every man born into the world was by nature in a state of sin, condemnation, and misery: that the free mercy of God had given his Son to deliver them from it, and to raise them to a blessed immortality: that all mankind, Gentiles as well as Jews, might share in these benefits, procured by his being lifted up on the cross, and to be received by faith in him: but that if they rejected him, their eternal, aggravated condemnation, would be the certain consequence. Except a man be born again - If our Lord by being born again means only reformation of life, instead of making any new discovery, he has only thrown a great deal of obscurity on what was before plain and obvious.

People's Bible Notes for John 3:3

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).

Discussion for John 3:3

  • Jim Pottorff on John 3:3
    By the Grace of God, He saved my soul. Not of works I have done for it is His free gift to mankind. He who had no sin died for the sinner. Predestined from the beginning of time to be his, thank you Lord and Master.
  • Michelle on John 3:3
    I think that it actually states you must reborn as in reincarnation Jesus did not lie so I beleave there is proof all over the bible that speaks of reincarnation because with God all things are possible !!
  • Roy on John 3:3
    Jesus is saying that if you have never been baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son nd of the Holy Ghost for the remission of sins you will never see the true Kingdom of heaven that simply means obey the gospel because that is the gospel and then learn the life you should live
  • Valerie Irene VanOrden on John 3:3
    Succinct and to the point, topples many an idol, casts out many a foe. Not good works, not Sunday school attendance, though those things are good, that saves us. It is belief that Jesus died for us and rose again and is seated at the right hand of God the Father and will come again. We must become like children and let go of what we know in order to gain what He knows and who He is, what He has done for us, in our place, as our substitute for sin, on the cross. Death, burial and resurrection, all so that we could have fellowship with God.
  • Moses Kay Turay on John 3:3
    When Jesus said, a man be born again it doesnt mean we should go back to our mothers womb and be born again. Born again mean, we must ascept His invitation and live a Christian life. Is also similar to the word Repent; and be an example to other Christian
  • Kelly Baker on John 3:3
    It speaks for itself. I have nothing to worry about, I'm in a Bible teaching church, Riverview Baptist Church, where I am an active member.
  • Jeff on John 3:3
    Jesus shed his blood on the cross so that we may be reconciled to God. To be born again the bible tells us we must first believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that he died for the sins of the world and rose again on the third day. If you believe this then ask Jesus to forgive you of all of your sins an he will come in to your heart and make you a new creature in Christ. After you accept Jesus, you need to be baptized and you will know without a doubt you have been born again.
  • Ricky on John 3:3
    i once viewed this as a comandment, but its not, its a statement of fact In order to experience the kingdom of god you must be born from above. which no man can do based on his on choosing or doing, its the choice of God according to his gracious election.
  • Ben weaver on John 3:3
    V.3. Jesus' statement is a direct response to the ability to do miracles, as stated by Niccodemus. The kingdom of God (where God is king) relates to Niccodemus' phrase "except God be with him". Jesus said, "Except a man be born again (rather "from above") he cannot "see" or "enter" into (V.5) this specific aspect of God's kingdom, namely, the working of miracles. Aparently, Niccodemus was born from above in order to recognize that the miracles of Jesus were from God, although he did not enter into this aspect of performing miracles like the other disciples later on did. Vs. 4,5,& 6, define that this birth is spiritual in addition to the natural birth (of water). I cannot imagine this refers to water baptism.
  • Matthew on John 3:3
    I believe he is referring to a carnal mind cannot view GODDLY things. I think this also goes for people seeking a physical kingdom to come....Do they not see the kingdom now? If not, what does this say for them?


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