1 Now there was a man from the Pharisees, a leader of the Jews, whose name was Nicodemus.
2 He came to Jesus at night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you have come from God as a teacher, for no one can perform these signs that you are doing unless God is with him.”
3 Jesus replied to him,“Truly, truly I tell you, unless a person is born from abovehe cannot see the kingdom of God.”
4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a person be born when he is old? He can't go back into his mother's womb a second time and be born, can he?”
5 Jesus answered,“Truly, truly I tell you, unless a person is born of water and Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
6 Whatis born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Don't be astonished that I said to you, ‘All of youmust be born from above.’
8 The windblows where it wants to. You hear its sound, but you don't know where it comes from or where it is going. That's the way it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
9 Nicodemus said to him, “How can that be?”
10 Jesus answered him,“You're the teacher of Israel, and you can't understand this?
11 Truly, truly I tell you, we know what we're talking about, and we testify about what we've seen. Yet you peopledo not accept our testimony.
12 If I have told you peopleabout earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?
13 “No one has gone up to heaven except the one who came down from heaven, the Son of Man who is in heaven.
14 Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
15 so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.
16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his unique Son so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but have eternal life.
17 For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.
18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of God's unique Son.
19 And this is the basis for judgment: The light has come into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light because their actions were evil.
20 For everyone who practices wickedness hates the light and does not come to the light, so that his actions may not be exposed.
21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that all may seethat his actions have been done in God.”
22 After this, Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside. He spent some time there with them and began baptizing.
23 John was also baptizing in Aenon, near Salim, because there was plenty of water there. People kept coming and were being baptized,
24 since John had not yet been thrown into prison.
25 Then a controversy about ritual purification sprang up between John's disciples and a certain Jew.
26 They went to John and told him, “Rabbi, the man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan, the one about whom you testified—look, he's baptizing, and all are going to him!”
27 John replied, “No one can receive anything unless it has been given to him from heaven.
28 You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent ahead of him.’
29 It is the bridegroom who gets the bride, yet the bridegroom's friend, who merely stands by and listens for him, is overjoyed to hear the bridegroom's voice. That's why this joy of mine is now complete.
30 He must become more important, but I must become less important.”
31 The one who comes from above is over everything. The one who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things. The one who comes from heaven is over everything.
32 He testifies about what he has seen and heard, yet no one accepts his testimony.
33 The person who has accepted his testimony has acknowledged that God is truthful.
34 For the one whom God sent speaks the words of God, because God does not give the Spirit in limited measure.
35 The Father loves the Son and has put everything in his hands.
36 The one who believes in the Son has eternal life, but the one who disobeys the Son will not see life. Instead, the wrath of God remains on him.