Jesus Teaches Nicodemus 1
Now there was a man of the Pharisees named
Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2
He came to Jesus at night and said,
"Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God
were not with him."
3In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom
of God unless he is born again.[a]"
4"How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot
enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!"
5Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God
unless he is born of water and the Spirit. 6Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[b] gives birth to spirit. 7You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You[c] must be born again.' 8The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound,
but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."
9"How can this be?" Nicodemus asked.
10"You are Israel's teacher," said Jesus, "and do you not understand these
things? 11I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we
have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12I have spoken to you
of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13No
one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.[d] 14Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be
lifted up, 15that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.[e]
16"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[f] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For
God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18Whoever
believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the
name of God's one and only Son.[g] 19This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness
instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20Everyone who does evil hates the
light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21But
whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through
John the Baptist's Testimony About Jesus 22
After this, Jesus and his
disciples went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them, and baptized. 23
John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water, and people were constantly coming to be baptized.
(This was before John was put in prison.) 25
argument developed between some of John's disciples and a certain Jew[i]
over the matter of ceremonial washing. 26
They came to John and said to him,
"Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one you testified about—well, he is baptizing,
and everyone is going to him."
27To this John replied, "A man can receive only what is given him from heaven.
28You yourselves can testify that I said, 'I am not the Christ[j] but am sent ahead of him.' 29The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend
who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom's voice. That joy is
mine, and it is now complete. 30He must become greater; I must become less.
31"The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth
belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. 32He
testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. 33The man
who has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. 34For the one whom God has
sent speaks the words of God, for God[k] gives the Spirit without limit. 35The Father loves the Son and has placed everything
in his hands. 36Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the
Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him."[l]