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1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 2 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. 3 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. 4 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? 5 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. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8 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. 9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? 10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? 11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. 12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? 13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 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. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 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. 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. 22 After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized. 23 And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized. 24 For John was not yet cast into prison. 25 Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying. 26 And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him. 27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. 28 Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. 29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease. 31 He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all. 32 And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony. 33 He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true. 34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. 35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. 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.

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1 Cary W = "Spiritual things cannot be comprehended or understood by the intellect.  To see and understand the kingdom of heaven we must be born of Spirit or have a spiritual rebirth of identity.  Then we can hear His voice and see the inner worlds of the kingdom which is within us and which is at hand."
2 Sarah R = "Question: "Does John 3:13 mean that no one went to Heaven before Jesus?"Answer:InJohn 3:13Jesus says to Nicodemus, “No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven–theSon of Man.” This verse is somewhat difficult to interpret and is often misunderstood. It is also frequently used by those who want to find contradictions in the Bible.We must keep the verse in context. In verses 10-12, especially, we see that Jesus is talking about His authority and the validity of His teaching. Jesus tells Nicodemus that He has been teaching what He knew firsthand: “We speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen” (verse 11). Then, in verse 13 Jesus explainswhyHe is uniquely qualified to teach of the kingdom of God—namely, because He alone came down from heaven and possesses the knowledge to teach people about heaven. Jesus alone has seen the Father, and He alone is qualified to declare God and make Him known (John 1:18).The gist ofJohn 3:13is this: “None of your earthly teachers can really teach you about heaven, because none of them have actuallybeenthere. However, Ihavebeen there. In fact, it is My home. I have come to you from heaven, and I have brought with Me experiential knowledge of that place. My testimony carries weight; I can tell you the truth about salvation.” The NLT brings out the meaning well: “No one has ever gone to heaven and returned. But the Son of Man has come down from heaven.”In claiming a heavenly abode, Jesus was claiming deity. Nicodemus himself had already admitted that Jesus was extraordinary when he said, “We know you are a teacher who has come from God” (verse 2).Jesus wasnotteaching that no one had ever gone to heaven before. Obviously, the Old Testament saints had gone to heaven (or paradise) when they died (Mark 12:26-27), andEnoch and Elijahhad been taken there without dying (Genesis 5:24;Hebrews 11:5;2 Kings 2:11). Rather, He was teaching that, of all rabbis, He had the best credentials. Jesus has direct contact with heaven; He is an expert on the subject.Read more:http://www.gotquestions.org/John-3-13.html#ixzz3U03ucBiK"
3 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "2 Kings 2:11 - As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to Heaven in a whirlwind.The anonymous Greek writer of the Gospel of John was not aware that the Hebrew scriptures had already spoken of Elijah the Prophet ascending to Heaven in a chariot so he mistakenly quoted Jesus as saying "no man has ascended up to Heaven", a clear contradiction of the Book of Kings. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gospel_of_John"
4 Sarah R = "The Gospel of John was written by John, Jesus' "beloved disciple," probably around 90AD (though some think earlier, like around 70AD). We know this from tradition, records of church father's attesting to John's authorship as early as 120AD (only 30 years later), and the statement made at the end of the book in John 21:24, identifying the author as the disciple John. We also have three letters from John the disciple in the New Testament. As the other gospels were written and in circulation before this time, John writes to supplement what was already written, hence part of the reason why his gospel is so different from the other three. This gospel focuses on the last part of Jesus' ministry and the last week of Jesus' life on Earth before His crucifixion. Every author had an individual purpose, and John's purpose is to focus on Jesus' deity. He writes for a Gentile Christian audience, which we can assume from the fact that he explains many Jewish places and traditions and does not include as much prophecy or quotes from the Old Testament as the other authors do. However, as a devoted Jewish man himself, John was certainly familiar with the Hebrew Scriptures. The meaning of this particular verse is explained more fully here: http://www.gotquestions.org/John-3-13.html."
5 Sarah R = "In Numbers 21, the people were afflicted by venomous snakes. Moses was told by God to create a bronze snake and lift it up on a pole. Those who would look to the snake on the pole were saved and did not die.Jesus uses this as a comparison to what was going to happen to Him when He would be lifted up - on a cross. All who look to Him will be saved."
6 Sarah Mangum = "In Year B of the Christian Liturgical calendar, this is the Gospel reading for the Fourth Sunday of Lent."
7 Cary W = "God knew we would have a difficult time believing that He loves us even more than a human father loves his own child, so He gave us His one Son as Savior and as a sacrifice for all our failings, that we may have no doubt.  God loves us and wants us saved from all that would hinder, distract or destroy."
8 Deena E = ""not to condemn"There's one day, The Day of Atonement, out of each year set apart where the people of God have the opportunity to be forgiven for their sins (see Leviticus 23:27). The rest of the year everyone pretty much stands in condemnation (especially self-condemnation). Jesus came to lift this condemnation that we can boldly come to the throne of grace and receive his mercy and forgiveness at anytime of repentance."
9 Sarah R = "This should be a prayer for all of us - that we, in our sinful imperfect nature - would decrease, so that God's Spirit can increase in us in order to truly make a difference and be a light in the world around us."
10 Cary W = "When we believe in Jesus, we not only know truth and life, but we automatically love our brothers.  When we fall into unbelief and doubt, we cut that line to His love, and it becomes impossible to love ourselves or anyone else.  It is the lack of true love and compassion that produces the dissonance and discord leading to all wrath."
11 Sarah R = "Parallel verse, also from John, in 1 John 5:12, "Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life." Obviously words the disciple heard from Jesus Himself and used to encourage others."
12 Sarah Mangum = "The central tenant in Christianity- believing in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior will grant you eternal life into the kingdom of God."