John 3






John 3, beginning with a conversation Jesus had with Nicodemus, and ending with a proclamation of who Jesus is by John the Baptist, is probably one of the most familiar chapters of the Bible, and yet also probably one of the most misunderstood.


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This chapter, beginning with a conversation Jesus had with Nicodemus, and ending with a proclamation of who Jesus is by John the Baptist, is probably one of the most familiar chapters of the Bible, and yet also probably one of the most misunderstood.

Though a religious leader in his day, Nicodemus had no comprehension of what Jesus was telling him when he said he must get born again. Nicodemus countered, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb?”

Jesus’ message to Nicodemus was timeless; each person today needs to confront this same issue, for Jesus tells us that he who believes these things is saved, but he who does not believe is condemned. However, he quickly explains that it is for this very reason He came into the world: that the world through him might be saved.

The scene, then, quickly changes as we find John the Baptist baptizing in Aenon near to Salim. John is inundated with questions about the Christ. He assures the questioners that he is not the Christ, and he reminds his disciples that he told them this from the beginning. As a matter of fact he said, He (the Christ) must increase, but I must decrease.

The chapter concludes with a glorious statement by John the Baptist regarding the Lord Jesus Christ, reminding his disciples, and us as well, that only those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ will, indeed, have everlasting life.

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on Him.



Bible Devotions from John 3



Get Born Again - Verses 1-8

He was a religious leader but when Jesus told Nicodemus that he must get born again, Nicodemus did not know what Jesus meant. John 3 is probably one of the most familiar, and yet one of the most misunderstood chapters of the Bible!


Jesus and Nicodemus - Verses 9-12

This chapter continues with a conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus. Though he was a learned Pharisee, Nicodemus did not have a clue as to what Jesus meant. Jesus had told him that he needed to get born again of the spirit, not the flesh, but his eyes were too darkened to see.


God So Loved the World - Verses 13-17

God so loved the world is the continuing theme of this chapter in our study of the Gospel of John. This section includes perhaps the most Probably the most familiar verse in the Bible: John 3:16, especially in the King James Version.


Condemnation - Verses 18-21

God so loved the world is the continuing theme of John 3 in our study of the Gospel of John. This section includes perhaps the most Probably the most familiar verse in the Bible: John 3:16, especially in the King James Version.


John the Baptist - Verses 22-24

Why was John the Baptist still baptizing followers now that Jesus Christ had come and was also baptizing? I am sure there are many answers, but two things came to my mind.


Believe - Verses 25-36

Continuing His discussion about living water with the woman at the well, we learn that Jesus understood the true heart of this Samaritan woman. Jesus, being the Son of God, understood the desire of the woman's heart.


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