The New Birth


There was a man of the Pharisees
named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.
This man came to Jesus by night and said
to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a
teacher come from God; for no one can do
these signs that You do unless God is with
Jesus answered and said to him, “Most
assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born
again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

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?”
Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say
to you, unless one is born of water and the
Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and
that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do
not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be
born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes,
and you hear the sound of it, but cannot
tell where it comes from and where it goes.
So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Nicodemus answered and said to Him,
“How can these things be?”
Jesus answered and said to him, “Are
you the teacher of Israel, and do not know
these things? Most assuredly, I say to you,
We speak what We know and testify what We
have seen, and you do not receive Our witness.
If I have told you earthly things and
you do not believe, how will you believe if
I tell you heavenly things? No one has
ascended to heaven but He who came down
from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who
is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the
serpent in the wilderness, even so must the
Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes
in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
For God so loved the world that He gave His
only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him
should not perish but have everlasting life. For
God did not send His Son into the world to condemn
the world, but that world through Him
might be saved.

He who believes in Him is not condemned;
but he who does not believe is condemned
already, because he has not believed in the
name of the only begotten Son of God. And this
is the condemnation, that the light has come into
the world, and men loved darkness rather than
light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone
practicing evil hates the light and does not come
to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.
But he who does the truth comes to the light,
that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they
have been done in God.”