John 3 Lesson

What does it mean to be born again?

“What must I do to be saved?”

That is a question that has been discussed and debated throughout the ages. Different denominations and groups of people answer that question differently.

The correct way to answer that question is to see what the Bible has to say.

Once we do that, the answer becomes clear.

In John 3:5, Jesus says:

  • “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”

Jesus is talking with a Pharisee named Nicodemus who was a ruler of the Jews.

Later in verse 36, John the Baptist says:

  • “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

The inspired words of the Bible tell us that we cannot enter the kingdom of God unless we are born of water and the Spirit.

This leads to two important questions:

  1. “What does it mean to be born of water?
  2. What does it mean to be born of the Spirit?”

Being born of water means baptism. It is hard to come up with another interpretation for that scripture.

Being born of the Spirit means receiving the Holy Spirit To learn how we receive the Holy Spirit, we need to look at the following scripture from the Book of Acts:

  • Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” – Acts 2:38.

If we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit when we are baptized, and we cannot enter the Kingdom of God unless we are “Born of the Spirit”, baptism is, therefore, necessary for salvation.

That is what Jesus and the Bible tell us is the will of God, and that alone should be reason enough to be baptized!

Later in chapter 3, we see the most quoted verse of the Bible:

  • “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” – John 3:16.

It is a shame that a lot of people only quote that verse without looking at what comes immediately after it.

  • “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.” – John 3:17-21.

So we either love the darkness, or we love the light.

If we are conformed to the things of this world and are not obeying God, we are in darkness, and our souls are at risk.

If we put God first, study to learn His commandments, and put what we have learned into action, we are walking in the light.

As followers of Christ, we can encourage each other to flee the darkness and walk more and more in the light each day. 

We will conclude today’s lesson with the following quote from the Apostle Paul taken from his second letter to the Corinthians:

  • “Therefore if anyone is in Christ,  this person is a new creation;  the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. ” – 2 Corinthians 5:17.


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What does loving the light more than the darkness look like?

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Dan W

If we love the light more than darkness we will do what God's Word says to do, even if it is not what our tradition is.

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What does loving the light more than the darkness look like?

James A Guillory

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
For God so loved _________ that He gave his only begotten son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.You
can make it personal you can put your name in the blank, for if there was only one person and that person was you or me he would have died just for you or me. Amazing Love amazing Grace!!