You Must Be Born Again

John 3

1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named h Nicodemus, i a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus 1 j by night and said to him, k "Rabbi, l we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do m unless God is with him." 3 Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is n born o again 2 he cannot p see the kingdom of God." 4 Nicodemus said to him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?" 5 Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born q of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 r That which is born of the flesh is s flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 3 7 t Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You 4 must be born u again.' 8 v The wind 5 blows w where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."

9 Nicodemus said to him, x "How can these things be?" 10 Jesus answered him, "Are you the teacher of Israel y and yet you do not understand these things? 11 Truly, truly, I say to you, z we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but z you 6 do not receive our testimony. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 a No one has b ascended into heaven except c he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 7 14 And d as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man e be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes f in him g may have eternal life. 8

  1. Cross References
    John 7:50
    Nicodemus, who had gone to him before, and who was one of them, said to them.
    John 19:39
    Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight.
  2. Cross References
    Luke 24:20
    And how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him.
  3. Cross References
    John 12:42
    Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue.
  4. Cross References
    John 1:38
    Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, "What are you seeking?" And they said to him, "Rabbi" (which means Teacher), "where are you staying?
  5. Cross References
    John 9:29
    We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.
    Matthew 22:16
    And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone's opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances.
  6. Cross References
    Acts 10:38
    How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.
    John 5:36
    But the testimony that I have is greater than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to accomplish, the very works that I am doing, bear witness about me that the Father has sent me.
    John 9:33
    If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.
    Acts 2:22
    Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know -
  7. Cross References
    John 1:13
    Who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
  8. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 5:17
    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
    Galatians 6:15
    For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.
    1 Peter 1:3
    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
    1 Peter 1:23
    Since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God.
  9. Cross References
    John 3:36
    Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.
  10. Cross References
    Ezekiel 36:25 - 27
    I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you sha...
    Mark 16:16
    Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved,...
    Acts 2:38
    And Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized...
    Ephesians 5:26
    That he might sanctify her, having cleansed her...
    Titus 3:5
    He saved us, not because of works done by us in...
    Hebrews 10:22
    Let us draw near with a true heart in full assu...
  11. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 15:50
    I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
  12. Cross References
    John 6:63
    It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
  13. Cross References
    John 5:28
    Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice
  14. Cross References
    John 3:3
    Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.
  15. Cross References
    Ecclesiastes 11:5
    As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.
    Ezekiel 37:9
    Then he said to me, "Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord God : Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.
  16. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 12:11
    All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.
  17. Cross References
    John 6:52
    The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?
    John 6:60
    When many of his disciples heard it, they said, "This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?
  18. Cross References
    John 9:30
    The man answered, "Why, this is an amazing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes.
  19. Cross References
    John 3:32
    He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony.
  20. Cross References
    John 3:32
    He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony.
  21. Cross References
    Proverbs 30:4
    Who has ascended to heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son's name? Surely you know!
    Acts 2:34
    For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, "'The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand.
    Ephesians 4:9
    ( In saying, "He ascended," what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth?
  22. Cross References
    John 7:34
    You will seek me and you will not find me. Where I am you cannot come.
  23. Cross References
    John 3:31
    He who comes from above is above all. He who is...
    John 6:38
    For I have come down from heaven, not to do my ...
    John 6:42
    They said, "Is not this Jesus, the son of Josep...
    John 6:62
    Then what if you were to see the Son of Man asc...
    1 Corinthians 15:47
    The first man was from the earth, a man of dust...
    Romans 10:6
    But the righteousness based on faith says, "Do ...
  24. Cross References
    Numbers 21:9
    So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live.
  25. Cross References
    John 8:28
    So Jesus said to them, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me.
    John 12:32
    And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.
    John 12:34
    So the crowd answered him, "We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?
  26. Cross References
    John 15:4
    Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.
    John 16:33
    I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
    1 John 5:12
    Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
    1 John 5:20
    And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
  27. Cross References
    John 3:36
    Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.
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