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Ye Must Be Born Again - John 3:1-21 1 1.Who Was Nicodemus? John 3:1-2 1. He Made A Spiritual Commitment To Serve God He Was A Descendant Of Abraham He.

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1 Ye Must Be Born Again - John 3: Who Was Nicodemus? John 3: He Made A Spiritual Commitment To Serve God He Was A Descendant Of Abraham He Was A Descendant Of Abraham He was a ruler of the Jews He was a ruler of the Jews He was a member of the Sanhedrin He was a member of the Sanhedrin The Lesser Sanhedrin had 23 members like our court of appeals The Lesser Sanhedrin had 23 members like our court of appeals The greater Sanhedrin had 71 members High Priest presiding The greater Sanhedrin had 71 members High Priest presiding The greater Sanhedrin was the Supreme Court of the Jews The greater Sanhedrin was the Supreme Court of the Jews He was a man of the Pharisees Vs. 1 He was a man of the Pharisees Vs. 1 He was a religious conservative or his day He was a religious conservative or his day Not like the liberal Sadducees who rejected the resurrection Not like the liberal Sadducees who rejected the resurrection This is how judgment was administered This is how judgment was administered By Jesus’ day this was a corrupt body By Jesus’ day this was a corrupt body The Sanhedrin in session formed a semicircle The Sanhedrin in session formed a semicircle Prisoners stood in the middle in view of all Prisoners stood in the middle in view of all Capital sentences could not be passed on trial dates Capital sentences could not be passed on trial dates Therefore no capital cases were tried on Fridays to avoid death penalty on Sabb. Therefore no capital cases were tried on Fridays to avoid death penalty on Sabb. He had the stature of our Justice Of the Supreme Court He had the stature of our Justice Of the Supreme Court Acts 25:13-26:23 – Paul stands before Agrippa On Trial To Plead His Case. Acts 26:1-5 1Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou art permitted to speak for thyself. Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for himself: 2I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews: 3Especially because I know thee to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently. 4My manner of life from my youth, which was at the first among mine own nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews; 5Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee. The King James Version, (Cambridge: Cambridge) 1769.

2 Ye Must Be Born Again - John 3: Who Was Nicodemus? 2. He Was Sincere Regarding Spiritual Things Jesus healed a man at the Pool of Bethesda John 5:1-18 Jesus healed a man at the Pool of Bethesda John 5:1-18 Jesus Fed 5,000 John 6 Jesus Fed 5,000 John 6 Jesus proves His teaching “I am the bread of life” with miracles Jesus proves His teaching “I am the bread of life” with miracles The Jews complained about His teaching 6:41-59 The Jews complained about His teaching 6:41-59 Many of His disciples walked with Him no more 6:60-66 Many of His disciples walked with Him no more 6:60-66 Jesus Was At The Feast Of Booths John 7:1-2 Jesus Was At The Feast Of Booths John 7:1-2 Jesus went into the Temple to teach during this feast Jesus went into the Temple to teach during this feast The Jews marveled at Jesus learning Vs The Jews marveled at Jesus learning Vs Jesus said I made one man well on the Sabbath and you seek to kill me? Jesus said I made one man well on the Sabbath and you seek to kill me? The Jerusalem Jews said “Is this not Him they seek to kill?” Vs The Jerusalem Jews said “Is this not Him they seek to kill?” Vs Enter Nicodemus A Ruler Of The Jews Vs Enter Nicodemus A Ruler Of The Jews Vs Does our law judge a man before hearing Him? Does our law judge a man before hearing Him? Nicodemus comes to the aid of Jesus against injustice Nicodemus comes to the aid of Jesus against injustice

3 Ye Must Be Born Again - John 3: Who Was Nicodemus? 3. He Was A Seeker Of Truth He came to Jesus by night He came to Jesus by night He came desiring to learn the truth He came desiring to learn the truth He came at night for fear of the Jews He came at night for fear of the Jews Just like those Jews who believed 7:13 Just like those Jews who believed 7:13 He was searching for the Kingdom of God He was searching for the Kingdom of God His ancestry did not qualify him for it His ancestry did not qualify him for it Neither will our ancestry qualify us for the kingdom Neither will our ancestry qualify us for the kingdom What people today need to know is the new birth What people today need to know is the new birth 4. Jesus Taught Him What He Needed To Know 4. Jesus Taught Him What He Needed To Know Hence Jesus reasoning “one cannot enter the kingdom except via the N.B. Hence Jesus reasoning “one cannot enter the kingdom except via the N.B. Jesus was showing him how one enters the kingdom Jesus was showing him how one enters the kingdom

4 Ye Must Be Born Again - John 3: Except One Is Born Again John 3:3-8 Except – Only under the following conditions Except – Only under the following conditions Only by the New Birth Is One Jo. 3:3-5 Only by the New Birth Is One Jo. 3:3-5 Only by being converted Matt. 18:3 Only by being converted Matt. 18:3 Only for the cause of Adultery Matt. 19:9 Only for the cause of Adultery Matt. 19:9 Only the penitent person Escapes Lk 13:3 Only the penitent person Escapes Lk 13:3 Only if gives me a hug will get a quarter Only if gives me a hug will get a quarter

5 Ye Must Be Born Again - John 3: He Shall Not See The Kingdom Of God – John 3:3 See carries force of entering, experiencing See carries force of entering, experiencing Therefore Vs. 5 cannot “enter” the Kingdom Therefore Vs. 5 cannot “enter” the Kingdom The Kingdom of God The Kingdom of God It is from God It is from God It belongs to God It belongs to God It is where God rules It is where God rules Where one has fellowship with God 1 Jo. 1:1-9 Where one has fellowship with God 1 Jo. 1:1-9

6 Ye Must Be Born Again - John 3: How Can One Be Born When He Is Old? Vs. 4 We Must Understand The Question We Must Understand The Question Not asking about the physical birth Not asking about the physical birth Denominationalists claim water is birth sack Denominationalists claim water is birth sack They say the spirit is the Holy Spirit baptism They say the spirit is the Holy Spirit baptism Jesus tells Nicodemus he must be born again Jesus tells Nicodemus he must be born again Some apply this to baptism but baptize infants Some apply this to baptism but baptize infants But Nicodemus was instructed what HE must do But Nicodemus was instructed what HE must do He was the one responsible for his actions and conduct He was the one responsible for his actions and conduct The New Birth had two coordinate elements The New Birth had two coordinate elements One part water One part water One part spirit One part spirit These two equal elements only provide the promised end (salvation) These two equal elements only provide the promised end (salvation)

7 Ye Must Be Born Again - John 3: The Bible Enlightens Us To The New Birth – In Every Case John 3:5 – Water + Spirit = Entrance in God’s Kingdom John 3:5 – Water + Spirit = Entrance in God’s Kingdom Titus 3:5 – Water of regen. + Renewing of H. S. = Saved Titus 3:5 – Water of regen. + Renewing of H. S. = Saved 1 Cor. 12:13 – Baptism + H. S. = Entrance into one body 1 Cor. 12:13 – Baptism + H. S. = Entrance into one body 1 Cor. 1:13 – Baptism + Teaching Of Holy Spirit (gospel) = Family of God (Eph 2:14-19) 1 Cor. 1:13 – Baptism + Teaching Of Holy Spirit (gospel) = Family of God (Eph 2:14-19) 1 Pet. 3:21 – Baptism + Truth of Holy Spirit = Purified soul 1 Pet. 3:21 – Baptism + Truth of Holy Spirit = Purified soul Acts 2:38 – Believe (gospel) + baptism = salvation Acts 2:38 – Believe (gospel) + baptism = salvation Mark 16:16 – Believe (gospel) + baptized = saved Mark 16:16 – Believe (gospel) + baptized = saved

8 Ye Must Be Born Again - John 3: New Birth Is Spiritual Not Physical John 3:6-8 It makes the inner man new again It makes the inner man new again It requires both water and teaching of H.S. It requires both water and teaching of H.S. Both Elements are required for salvation Both Elements are required for salvation

9 Ye Must Be Born Again - John 3: You Do Not Receive Our Witness John 3:9-12 Nicodemus Doesn’t Understand Jesus Nicodemus Doesn’t Understand Jesus How can these things be? How can these things be? Jesus is incredulous Jesus is incredulous Jesus uses the plural pronoun “OUR witness” Jesus uses the plural pronoun “OUR witness” Earthly and Heavenly things Earthly and Heavenly things If I tell you earthly things and you do not believe If I tell you earthly things and you do not believe How will you believe if I tell you heavenly things How will you believe if I tell you heavenly things

10 Ye Must Be Born Again - John 3: Who Was Nicodemus? Review He Made A Spiritual Commitment To God He Made A Spiritual Commitment To God He Was Sincere About Spiritual Things He Was Sincere About Spiritual Things He Was A Seeker Of Truth He Was A Seeker Of Truth He Defended Jesus Against The Jews He Defended Jesus Against The Jews

11 Ye Must Be Born Again - John 3: Points To Consider – John 3: Who Was Nicodemus? 2. Except One Is Born Again He Cannot See The Kingdom Of Heaven 3. Nicodemus Did Not Receive Our Testimony

12 Ye Must Be Born Again - John 3: The Serpent And The Cross John 3:13-17 The Brazen Serpent Raised Num. 21:4-9 The Brazen Serpent Raised Num. 21:4-9 Children of Israel complained Children of Israel complained God sent fiery serpents God sent fiery serpents Moses instructed lift up brazen serpent Moses instructed lift up brazen serpent Simple belief not enough Simple belief not enough So The Son Of Man Must Be lifted Up So The Son Of Man Must Be lifted Up We have the complaint of sin We have the complaint of sin Only by looking to the cross is cure Only by looking to the cross is cure Simple belief not enough Simple belief not enough This Connects Baptism With The Cross This Connects Baptism With The Cross New Birth made effective by the cross New Birth made effective by the cross As following Moses’ instructions brought salvation from serpents As following Moses’ instructions brought salvation from serpents So following Jesus’ instruction brings about salvation from sin So following Jesus’ instruction brings about salvation from sin God does His part in providing the plan God does His part in providing the plan Man must do his part – be born of water + spirit Man must do his part – be born of water + spirit

13 Ye Must Be Born Again - John 3: The Choice Is Between Light And Darkness John 3:18-21 Did Nicodemus obey the gospel? Did Nicodemus obey the gospel? Possibly Possibly He defended Jesus against the Pharisees 7:50 He defended Jesus against the Pharisees 7:50 He helped Joseph bury Jesus body John 12:42-43 He helped Joseph bury Jesus body John 12:42-43 Possibly Not Possibly Not He could have been of those in John 12:42-43 He could have been of those in John 12:42-43 Who believed on Jesus but for fear of the Jews did not confess Who believed on Jesus but for fear of the Jews did not confess For You Will It Be Light Or Darkness? For You Will It Be Light Or Darkness? If Nicodemus disobeyed – he loved darkness If Nicodemus disobeyed – he loved darkness If Nicodemus obeyed Jesus – he loved light If Nicodemus obeyed Jesus – he loved light You have the same choice You have the same choice Will it be darkness of disobedience Will it be darkness of disobedience Or will it be the light of obedience to Jesus’ teaching Or will it be the light of obedience to Jesus’ teaching Ye Must Be Born Again Ye Must Be Born Again


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