2 he came one night to Jesus and said, “Rabbi, we know you have come from God to teach us, for no one could perform these Signs of yours unless God were with him.”
3 Jesus replied, “Truly, truly I tell you, no one can see God’s Realm unless he is born from above.”
4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter his mother’s womb over again and be born?”
5 Jesus replied, “Truly, truly I tell you, unless one is born of water
and the Spirit, he cannot enter God’s Realm.
6 What is born of the flesh is flesh: what is born of the Spirit is Spirit.
7 Do not wonder at me telling you, ‘You must all be born from above.’
8 The wind blows where it wills; you can hear its sound, but you never know where it has come from or where it goes: it is the same with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
9 Nicodemus answered, “How can that be?”
10 Jesus replied, “You do not understand this? — you, a teacher in Israel!
11 Truly, truly I tell you, we are speaking of what we do understand, we testify to what we have actually seen — and yet you refuse our testimony.
12 If you will not believe when I speak to you about things on earth, how will you believe if I speak to you about things in heaven?
13 And yet the Son of man, descended from heaven, is the only one who has ever ascended into heaven.
14 Indeed the Son of man must be lifted on high, just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,
15 that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.
16 For God loved the world so dearly that he gave up his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life, instead of perishing.
17 God did not send his Son into the world to pass sentence on it, but to save the world by him.
18 He who believes in him is not sentenced; he who will not believe is sentenced already, for having refused to believe in the name of the only Son of God.
19 And this is the sentence of condemnation, that the Light has entered the world and yet men have preferred darkness to light. It is because their actions have been evil;
20 for anyone whose practices are corrupt loathes the light and will not come out into it, in case his actions are exposed,
21 whereas anyone whose life is true comes out into the light, to make it plain that his actions have been divinely prompted.
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