Nicodemus Comes to Jesus
1 Among the Pharisees there was a man named Nicodemus, who was a leader among the Jews. 2 He came to Jesus by night and said to Him, "Master, we know that You are a Teacher come from God, for no one could do the miracles You do unless God were with him."
The New Birth Proclaimed
3 Jesus answered him, "I tell you, truly, unless one is born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God." 4 Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when He is old? He cannot enter his mother's womb and be born a second time, can he?" 5 Jesus said to him, "I assure you, this is true: Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot come into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 "Do not wonder that I said to you,'You must be born from above.' 8 The wind blows wherever it wills and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."
The New Birth Explained
9 "But how can these things be?" asked Nicodemus. 10 Jesus answered and said to him, "Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not know these things? 11 I tell you the truth: We speak of what We know, and bear witness of what We have seen, yet you do not accept Our witness. 12 If I tell you about earthly things and you do not believe, how will you then believe if I tell you about heavenly things?
13 "No one has gone up to heaven except He who came down from heaven. 14 And, as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 so that all who believe on Him may have everlasting life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only born Son, that all who believe on Him shall not die, but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but He sent Him that the world might be saved by Him. 18 One who believes on Him shall not be condemned, but one who does not believe stands condemned already, because he does not believe on the name of God's Only Son.
19 "This is the judgment, that though the Light has come into the world, yet men have loved darkness rather than the Light, for their works were wicked. 20 For everyone who does wrong hates the light and stays away from it, else his deeds would be found out. 21 But he who follows the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be shown to have been done in God."
The Further Testimony of John the Baptist
22 After these events Jesus and His disciples came into the land of Judea, and there He stayed with them and baptized. 23 John, too, was baptizing at Aenon, near Salim, for there were many springs of water there, and people came and were baptized. 24 For John wasnot yet thrown into prison.
25 A dispute about cleansing then arose between John's disciples and a man from Judea. 26 They came to John and said to him, "Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, of whom you testified, behold, He is Himself baptizing people, and they are all flocking to Him."
27 John answered, and said, "A man can claim nothing unless it has been given him from heaven. 28 You are my witnesses that I have said,'I myself am not the Christ, but rather I am His forerunner.' 29 He who has the Bride is the Bridegroom. But the Bridegroom's friend, who stands at His side and listens, rejoices greatly at the Bridegroom's voice. Such is my joy, and it is complete. 30 He must grow greater and greater, and I must become less and less.
31 "He who comes from above is above all. He who is of the earth is of the earth. He who comes from heaven is over all. 32 He bears witness of what He has seen and heard, yet no one believes His witness. 33 Whoever accepts His witness certifies that God is true. 34 For He whom God has sent speaks God's Word, and God gives Him the Spirit without limit. 35 The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. 36 He who believes on the Son has everlasting life, but he who does not believe on the Son shall not see life, and the wrath of God rests on him."