John 3:1-21 CSB

1There was a man from the Pharisees#Mk 7:3 named Nicodemus,#Jn 3:4,9; 7:50; 19:39 a ruler#Lk 8:41; 12:58 of the Jews. 2This man came to him at night and said, “Rabbi,#Jn 11:8 we know that you are a teacher#Mk 4:38; Eph 4:11 who has come from God,#Mk 1:45 for no one could perform these signs you do unless God were with him.”#Ex 3:12; Jn 15:24; Ac 10:38; Rv 21:3 3Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, unless someone is born again,#3:3 Or from above, also in v. 7#1Pt 1:3; 1Jn 2:29 he cannot see the kingdom of God.” #Mk 1:15; 9:1 4“How can anyone be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked him. “Can he enter his mother’s womb a second time and be born?” 5Jesus answered, “Truly I tell you, unless someone is born#Mk 9:43 of water and the Spirit,#Ezk 36:25-27; Ac 22:16; Ti 3:5 he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6Whatever is born of the flesh#Php 3:3 is flesh, and whatever is born of the Spirit#Jn 1:33 is spirit. 7Do not be amazed that I told you that you must be born#1Pt 1:3 again. 8The wind blows where it pleases, and you hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going.#Jn 8:14 So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”#1Co 2:13-16 9“How can these things be?” asked Nicodemus. 10 “Are you a teacher # 3:10 Or the teacher of Israel and don’t know these things?” Jesus replied. 11“Truly I tell you,#Jn 1:51; Rv 22:21 we speak what we know and we testify to what we have seen, but you do not accept our testimony. 12If I have told you about earthly things and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13No one has ascended#Jn 20:17 into heaven#Dt 30:12; Jn 6:62; Ac 2:34; Rm 10:6; 1Co 15:47; Eph 4:8-10; Rv 11:12 except the one who descended from heaven#Jn 6:38; 8:23 — the Son of Man.#3:13 Other mss add who is in heaven#Mk 2:10 14 “Just as Moses # Ps 77:20; Mt 8:4; Heb 3:2 lifted up the snake in the wilderness,#Nm 21:4-9 so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15so that everyone who believes in him may#3:15 Other mss add not perish, but have eternal life.#Mk 10:17; Jn 12:25; Ac 13:48 16For God loved#Jn 12:43; 1Co 13:1; Gl 2:20; Col 1:13; 3:12; 1Th 1:4; 2Th 2:13,16; 1Jn 4:7-12; Jd 1 the world in this way:#3:16 Or this much He gave#3:16 Or For in this way God loved the world, and so he gave, or For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only#1Jn 4:9 Son,#Jn 5:19; Heb 1:2 so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.#Jn 12:25; Rm 5:8; 1Jn 3:16; 4:9-10 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn#Jn 8:11 the world, but to save the world through him. 18Anyone who believes in him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned,#Mt 12:41; Mk 16:16 because he has not believed in the name#Jn 10:25; 1Jn 3:23 of the one and only Son#Jn 5:19 of God. 19This is the judgment: The light#Ps 36:9; Jn 12:46 has come into the world,#Jn 18:37; 1Jn 2:8 and people loved darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil. 20For everyone who does evil hates#Lk 6:27; 19:14 the light and avoids it,#3:20 Lit and does not come to the light so that his deeds#Mk 14:6; Gl 3:10; Jms 2:14-26 may not be exposed. 21But anyone who lives by#3:21 Lit who does the truth comes to the light, so that his works#Jn 5:36 may be shown to be accomplished by God.”

John 3:1-21