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John 3

May 3, 2008

Here’s how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people’s insights.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith

20 thoughts on “John 3”

  1. Hey EVERYON!!

    John 3:1-22

    First off I love the fact that even in our great knowledge we can learn something. Jesus told Nicodemus, “You are Israel’s teacher and you do not know this?” That is a credit to Nick’s knowledge and position. God is always able to go beyond our understanding of Him and reveal Himself in a deeper way. He is constantly upgrading our image of Him and His capabilities. I love that about Him.

    Secondly I love the great verse 3:16 because it goes to remind us that God didn’t come for Himself, but for us. I think many times people forget that Jesus came with the purpose to save us by grace. He came so unselfishly to reach out to us while we were still sinners. Thank Him for that!

    22-36

    Not worthy to loosen His sandles…
    I can’t get over the fact that John the B was so humble. I love how he genuinely didn’t want the recognition. He didn’t want his name in lights or podcasts or anything. He wanted his life to be a walking billboard for Jesus. He lowered himself to lift Christ up. He WAS the voice in the wilderness. What an honor!!

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    Thanks for putting this up. It is nice to read others thoughts on the bible. Great job everyone!

    dustin
    http://www.endurelife.com

  2. Hey EVERYON!!

    John 3:1-22

    First off I love the fact that even in our great knowledge we can learn something. Jesus told Nicodemus, “You are Israel’s teacher and you do not know this?” That is a credit to Nick’s knowledge and position. God is always able to go beyond our understanding of Him and reveal Himself in a deeper way. He is constantly upgrading our image of Him and His capabilities. I love that about Him.

    Secondly I love the great verse 3:16 because it goes to remind us that God didn’t come for Himself, but for us. I think many times people forget that Jesus came with the purpose to save us by grace. He came so unselfishly to reach out to us while we were still sinners. Thank Him for that!

    22-36

    Not worthy to loosen His sandles…
    I can’t get over the fact that John the B was so humble. I love how he genuinely didn’t want the recognition. He didn’t want his name in lights or podcasts or anything. He wanted his life to be a walking billboard for Jesus. He lowered himself to lift Christ up. He WAS the voice in the wilderness. What an honor!!

    —–
    Thanks for putting this up. It is nice to read others thoughts on the bible. Great job everyone!

    dustin
    http://www.endurelife.com

  3. Hi Dustin, good to have you drop by.

    It surprises me how absolutely literally Nicodemus takes Jesus though I guess there are still lots of people around like Nicodemus.

    And how could I go past v.16 without commenting?

    “For God so loved the world that he gave …” Lots of people say they love this person or that or even God, but does it show in their actions? If it doesn’t show in their actions it is doubtful that they love at all. However with God it does show in His actions. “He gave His one and only Son – that’s an enormous action!

  4. Hi Dustin, good to have you drop by.

    It surprises me how absolutely literally Nicodemus takes Jesus though I guess there are still lots of people around like Nicodemus.

    And how could I go past v.16 without commenting?

    “For God so loved the world that he gave …” Lots of people say they love this person or that or even God, but does it show in their actions? If it doesn’t show in their actions it is doubtful that they love at all. However with God it does show in His actions. “He gave His one and only Son – that’s an enormous action!

  5. Alison C

    v 3 – 21

    Jesus spoke this beautiful message to Nicodemus………but He is still speaking this to us today!
    Nicodemus found it hard to understand;
    v3 ….:”I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again”
    My prayer is that folk will take ‘that step in faith’……then when they receive the Holy Spirit they will then ‘see clearly’ and understand.
    Ps 12:6
    And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times.

    Nice to read you, Dustin!

  6. Alison C

    v 3 – 21

    Jesus spoke this beautiful message to Nicodemus………but He is still speaking this to us today!
    Nicodemus found it hard to understand;
    v3 ….:”I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again”
    My prayer is that folk will take ‘that step in faith’……then when they receive the Holy Spirit they will then ‘see clearly’ and understand.
    Ps 12:6
    And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times.

    Nice to read you, Dustin!

  7. Nicodemus was prepared to seek Jesus out, albeit it was at night. That more people would do the same.

    v.34 “gives the Spirit without limit” which connects rather well to the miracle of Jesus turning the water into wine. Both speak of God’s abundant provision.

  8. Nicodemus was prepared to seek Jesus out, albeit it was at night. That more people would do the same.

    v.34 “gives the Spirit without limit” which connects rather well to the miracle of Jesus turning the water into wine. Both speak of God’s abundant provision.

  9. v.29 “That joy is mine” says John the Baptist referring to the joy he felt and relating it to the joy of a best man. Seems like the job God gave John to do is almost complete.

  10. v.29 “That joy is mine” says John the Baptist referring to the joy he felt and relating it to the joy of a best man. Seems like the job God gave John to do is almost complete.

  11. Jesus expected Nicodemus to know Ezekiel 36:

    v.25-28 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. Then you will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God.

    I expect Nicodemus is like the rest of us. We take on board the bits in the Bible we like and forget the rest.

  12. Jesus expected Nicodemus to know Ezekiel 36:

    v.25-28 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. Then you will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God.

    I expect Nicodemus is like the rest of us. We take on board the bits in the Bible we like and forget the rest.

  13. v.17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

    (From Constable’s Commentary) “Anyone who brings light casts a shadow, but the bringing of shadow is only an attendant circumstance that is inevitable when one brings light.”

  14. v.17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

    (From Constable’s Commentary) “Anyone who brings light casts a shadow, but the bringing of shadow is only an attendant circumstance that is inevitable when one brings light.”

  15. v.27 To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven.”

    God gives different ministries so there is no reason to compare.

  16. v.27 To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven.”

    God gives different ministries so there is no reason to compare.

  17. v.20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.

    There are still times that I don't want to come into the light for fear that my deeds will be exposed.

  18. v.20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.

    There are still times that I don't want to come into the light for fear that my deeds will be exposed.

  19. v.34 For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.

    God is prepared to give the Spirit without limit but are we prepared to receive him?

  20. v.34 For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.

    God is prepared to give the Spirit without limit but are we prepared to receive him?

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