THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO
1 1But there was a man of the Pharisees named aNicodemus, a ruler of the JEWS.
b. Regeneration by the Divine Spirit in the Human Spirit
2 This one came to Him by night and said to Him, Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a 1teacher, for no one can do these asigns that You do unless bGod is with him.
3 Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless one is 1aborn anew, he cannot 2see the 3bkingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus said to Him, How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born, can he?
5 Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless one is aborn 1of 2water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is aborn 1of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born 1of the 2Spirit is 2spirit.
7 Do not marvel that I said to you, 1You must be born anew.
8 The 1awind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from and where it goes; so is everyone who is born 2of the Spirit.
9 Nicodemus answered and said to Him, How can these things be?
10 Jesus answered and said to him, You are a teacher of Israel, and you do not know these things?
11 Truly, truly, I say to you, We speak that which we know and atestify of that which we have seen, and yet you do not receive our testimony.
12 If I told you of the 1things on earth and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you of the 1things in heaven?
13 And ano one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended out of heaven, the bSon of Man, 1who is in heaven.
c. Satan's Evil Nature in Man's Flesh Being Judged on the Cross through the Death of Christ in the Form of the Serpent
That the Believers May Have Eternal Life
14 And as aMoses blifted up the 1serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
15 That every one who believes into Him may have 1eternal life.
16 For God so aloved the 1world that He bgave His conly begotten Son, that every one who 2dbelieves into Him would not perish, but would have eternal life.
17 For God did not send the Son into the world to 1condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.
18 He who believes into Him is not 1condemned; but he who does not believe has been 1condemned already, because he has not believed into the name of athe only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the 1condemnation, that the alight has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light, for their works were evil.
20 For every one who 1practices evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his works be 2reproved.
21 But he who does the 1truth comes to the light, that his works may be manifested that they are wrought in God.
d. The Regenerated People
Becoming the Bride of Christ as His Increase
22 After these things, Jesus and His disciples came into the land of Judea, and there He spent some time with them and abaptized.
23 And John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there; and people came and were baptized;
24 For aJohn had not yet been thrown into prison.
25 There arose therefore a questioning on the part of John's disciples with a Jew about apurification.
26 And they came to John and said to him, Rabbi, He who was with you aacross the Jordan, of whom you have btestified, behold, He is cbaptizing and all are coming to Him.
27 John answered and said, A man cannot receive anything unless it has been given to him from heaven.
28 You yourselves testify of me that I said, aI am not the Christ, but I have been sent before Him.
29 aHe who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices with joy because of the bridegroom's voice. This joy of mine therefore is made full.
30 He must 1increase, but I must decrease.
e. The Immeasurable Son of God
for Man's Believing unto Eternal Life
31 1aHe who comes from above is above all; he who is 2from the earth is 2of the earth and speaks 2out of the earth. bHe who comes 2from heaven is above all.
32 What He has seen and heard, of this He testifies, and ano one receives His testimony.
33 He who receives His testimony has sealed that God is true.
34 For He whom God has sent speaks the 1words of God, for He gives the Spirit not by measure.
35 aThe Father loves the Son and has given all into His hand.
36 He who abelieves into the Son has eternal life; but he who disobeys the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides upon him.