John 3:1-18 New American Standard Bible

Jesus and Nicodemus

3 1  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 .

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