John 3 New American Standard Bible

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Jesus and Nicodemus

3 Now there was a man of the Pharisees , named Nicodemus , a ruler of the Jews ; 2  this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, " Rabbi , we know that You have come from God as a teacher ; for no one can do these signs that You do unless e God is with him." 3  Jesus answered and said to him, "Truly , truly , I say to you, unless e one is born again he cannot e see the kingdom of God ." 4  Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old ? He cannot e enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born , can he?" 5  Jesus answered , "Truly , truly , I say to you, unless e one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot e enter 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 be amazed that I said to you, 'You must be born again .' 8  " The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going ; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit ." 9  Nicodemus said to Him, "How can these things be?" 10  Jesus answered and said to him, "Are you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things ? 11  "Truly , truly , I say to you, we speak of what we know and testify of what we have seen , and you do not accept our testimony . 12  "If I told you earthly things and you do not believe , how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things ? 13  " No one has ascended into heaven , but He who descended from heaven : the Son of Man . 14  "As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness , even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; 15  so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life .

God So Loved the World

16  "For God so loved the world , that He gave His only begotten Son , that whoever believes in Him shall not perish , but have eternal life . 17  "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world , but that the world might be saved through Him. 18  " He who believes in Him is not judged ; he who does not believe has been judged already , because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God . 19  "This is the judgment , that the Light has come into the world , and men loved the darkness rather than the Light , for their deeds were evil . 20  " For everyone who does evil hates the Light , and does not come to the Light for fear e that his deeds will be exposed . 21  "But he who practices the truth comes to the Light , so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God ."

He Must Increase, but I Must Decrease

22  After these things Jesus and His disciples came into the land of Judea , and there He was spending time with them and baptizing . 23  John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim , because there was much water there ; and people were coming and were being baptized - 24  for John had not yet been thrown into prison . 25  Therefore there arose a discussion on the part of John's disciples with a Jew about purification . 26  And they came to John and said to him, " Rabbi , He who was with you beyond the Jordan , to whom you have testified , behold , He is baptizing and all are coming to Him." 27  John answered and said , " A man can receive nothing e unless e it has been given him from heaven . 28  "You yourselves are my witnesses that I said , ' I am not the Christ ,' but, 'I have been sent ahead of Him.' 29  "He who has the bride is the bridegroom ; but the friend of the bridegroom , who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice . So this joy of mine has been made full . 30  "He must increase , but I must decrease .

The Testimony from Heaven

31  " He who comes from above is above all , he who is of the earth is from the earth and speaks of the earth . He who comes from heaven is above all . 32  "What He has seen and heard , of that He testifies ; and no one receives His testimony . 33  "He who has received His testimony has set his seal to this, that God is true . 34  "For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God ; for He gives the Spirit without e measure . 35  " The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand . 36  "He who believes in the Son has eternal life ; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life , but the wrath of God abides on him."

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