A Conversation with
Nicodemus Part 2:
John 3:1-21
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A Conversation with Nicodemus Part 2

(John 3:1-21)  There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of
the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we
know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these
miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a
man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he
enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water
and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born
of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not
that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it
listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it
cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?

Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest
not these things? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know,
and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. If I have told
you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of
heavenly things?

And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from
heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the
serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God
so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not
his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him
might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that
believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the
name of the only begotten Son of God.

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved
darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that
doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should
be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may
be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.  (KJV)

And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from
heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the
serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God
so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not
his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him
might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that
believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the
name of the only begotten Son of God.

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved
darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that
doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should
be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may
be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.  (KJV)

No one has gone up to heaven other than the One who has come down to
earth, the Son of man, known to us as the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness so that the people might
be healed, so the Son of man must be lifted up that the people might be
forgiven of their sins. Jesus’ crucifixion was necessary for men to be saved
from the punishment of their sins.

(Numbers 21:4-9) And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red
sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much
discouraged because of the way. And the people spake against God, and
against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the
wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul
loatheth this light bread. And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people,
and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. Therefore the people
came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the
LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents
from us. And Moses prayed for the people. And the LORD said unto Moses,
Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass,
that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses
made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a
serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.  
(KJV)

This is the love of God, that He has provided a way of salvation for man, as He
loved Israel and provided a way of healing in the wilderness. Whoever looked
upon that brazen serpent would be healed, and whoever looks in faith upon
the Savior nailed to the cross has the opportunity for everlasting life.

(1 John 4:8-10) He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this
was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only
begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love,
not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the
propitiation for our sins.  (KJV)

Notice, it says whosoever believeth in him should not perish. Unfortunately,
some translations have mistakenly put shall here instead. It is possible for
those who look in faith to have everlasting life, but that all depends – it
depends upon their faithfulness.

(John 3:36) He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that
believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.  
(KJV)

God did not send His Son to condemn the world, it was already condemned by
the sin which permeated it. He sent His Son to save the world, that they might
have the forgiveness of sins and eternal life.

The difference between light and dark is the deeds that are done. Those who
love evil, love darkness. Those who love truth, love light. Those who do evil
wish to remain in the dark so that their deeds are not reproved. However,
those who do what is right want their deeds to be seen, that God approves.
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