John 3 Outline
– Jesus teaches Nicodemus about being born again (John 3:1-8)
– Anyone can be saved by believing in Jesus’ resurrection (John 3:9-15)
– God loves us so much that he gave his begotten son (John 3:16-21)
– The testimony of John about Jesus (John 3:22-36)
John 3 Bible Study
In John 3:1-8, a Pharisee called Nicodemus came to Jesus at night. Nicodemus told Jesus that no one can carry out the miracles he did unless God is with him. Jesus replied that no one can inherit eternal life and enter into the kingdom of God unless he is born again. Nicodemus argued that no one can be born again from the mother’s womb. Jesus replied that unless a person is born of water and the spirit, he cannot inherit eternal life and enter into the kingdom of God. Being born of water is water baptism. Being born of the spirit is being baptized by the Holy Spirit and abiding in his way. In Ephesians 5:26, Christians must meditate and abide in the word of God so that they can become pure and blameless. The Jewish people thought that they can inherit the kingdom of God because they are descendant of Abraham. In the Old Testament days, only the Jews are entitled to salvation but salvation is now open to everyone in the world who put their faith in Jesus Christ. In John 3:8, Jesus is saying that the Holy Spirit works in each believer differently, just like no one knows where the wind comes from or where it is blowing.
In John 3:9-15, Jesus told Nicodemus that if he do not understand about what he said about being born again, he will also not understand if he tell him about the things of heaven. Jesus told him that no one had been to heaven except Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ had existed since the beginning of time along with the Father God and the Holy Spirit. Moses made a bronze snake and put it on a pole so that those who were bitten by poisonous snake in the desert will be healed and not die (Numbers 21:4-9). Just like how the Israelites got saved by looking at the bronze snake on a pole, anyone who accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and savior and that he resurrected from the dead on the third day will be saved (Romans 10:9).
In John 3:16-21, God loves humanity so much that he is willing to sacrifice his only son and letting him come down to the earth to become atonement for our sins. It is part of God’s plan that Jesus be crucified on a cross so that he can become a sin offering for the sins of the people of this world. Jesus is the light. He is the bread of life. Darkness is Satan. Anyone who obey God and abide in his word is in the light. On the contrary, anyone who obey his fleshly desire and disobey God’s commandment belong to the darkness.
In John 3:22-36, Jesus and his disciples were at the Judean countryside while John and his disciples were nearby them. The disciples of John argued with John that many people are going to Jesus, the one whom he testified, to be baptized instead of coming to him. In turn, John replied that Jesus is the one who is above all but he is the one from the earth so he must reduce and Jesus must increase. John told his disciples that Jesus is the son of God and it is only through believing in Jesus, the son of God, that a person can receive eternal life. Anyone who reject Jesus and deny him will be punished and condemned in hell.