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Dave Burnette's Commentary

John Chapter 3 

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: John the Apostle
Date Penned: (85-90 AD)
Overview: Eternal Life is in Jesus-Christ Alone (c 1-21)
Theme:  Message & Ministry of Jesus Christ, The Son of God (c 1-2)
Message: The Gospel Message (v 1-36)

John 3 Commentary

(3:1-21) Nicodemus Visits Jesus at Night - It would be difficult to find any other portion of Scripture as well known as John 3:16 or any other statement of Scripture more applied than “You must be born again” (3:7). When Jesus revealed the necessity of the new birth to Nicodemus, he exposed mankind’s ultimate hope. This evening interview is the first of a series of individual encounters between Jesus and persons who fit the description given at the end of chapter 2—those who approached Jesus with an inadequate faith. Nicodemus (3:1-15), the Samaritan woman (4:1-42), and the nobleman from Capernaum (4:43-54) illustrate a certain view of who Jesus was and what he could do. But meeting Jesus face to face changed their views. It also changed their lives.

(3:22-36) John the Baptist Tells More About Jesus - This section begins with an abrupt change of scene to Aenon, near Salim, in the land of Judea. Both Jesus and John—the two prominent figures in the new movement of God—were gathering disciples; but more were coming to Jesus than to John. This seems to have troubled John’s disciples. As for John, he was perfectly aware of what his position was in God’s plan. He was the herald of the Messiah-King—to put it in his own words, the friend of the bridegroom (3:29). John was content to prepare for the bridegroom and then fade quietly into the background while the bridegroom received all the attention. John knew that he would become less important and less noticed and that Jesus would receive increased recognition and importance. John rejoiced to see this happen.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Have You Been Born Again?

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of John with Chapter 3. In our text today we see Jesus explaining the New Birth and explaining how we must be born again with one of the most familiar verses in John 3:16, 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. In making application we see that Jesus is the only way to have our sins forgiven through this new birth. How about you? Have you been born again? Let us learn from our text today and the Words of Jesus who explains how we must be born again to have our sins forgiven and see the Kingdom of God.


John 3

John 3

 1There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:

 2The 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.

 3Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

 4Nicodemus 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?

 5Jesus 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.

 6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

 7Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

 8The 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.

 9Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?

 10Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?

 11Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.

 12If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?

 13And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

 14And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

 15That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

 16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

 18He 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.

 19And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

 20For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

 21But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

 22After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized.

 23And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.

 24For John was not yet cast into prison.

 25Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying.

 26And 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.

 27John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.

 28Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.

 29He 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.

 30He must increase, but I must decrease.

 31He 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.

 32And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony.

 33He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.

 34For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.

 35The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.

 36He 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.