Today, we want to look at what is undoubtedly the most well known verse in the Bible: John 3.16. You’ve probably memorized the verse. But, how familiar are you with the story behind it? Today we’ll reacquaint ourselves with Nicodemus and look at the two broad principles presented by Jesus in 3.1-17.
I. John 3.1-2: Meet Nicodemus.
- 3.1 – Nicodemus was a Pharisee. Ruler of the Jews. The teacher of Israel.
- 3.2 – Comes to meet Jesus by night. Why did he come by night?
II. John 3.3-8: Salvation Happens by the Power of God.
- 3.3 – Jesus speaks to him about entering the kingdom.
- Message: God is needed to bring forth spiritual life.
- “Born again”is rendered literally born from above, (Spiritual birth).
- 3.4 – This concept is incomprehensible for Nicodemus.
- Relationship with God, before and after the cross, is an act of grace on behalf of a loving and compassionate God.
- See 2 Corinthians 5.17; Romans 6.13; Ephesians 2.1-5.
- This is the primary message of John 3.3-8. Salvation is a divine work.
- Connect Acts 3.1-7; Colossians 2.11-12; Ephesians 2.8-10.
- Instead of working to secure our place in heaven (working for salvation), Christians work from salvation to display His marvelous grace, Romans 9.23.
III. John 3.10-15 – Our Responsibility.
- God does not save any person without their personal surrender. See 3.10-15.
- 3.10-12 – Nicodemus did not believe what Jesus told him.
- 3.13-15 – Our responsibility in salvation.
- 3.13 – No one has ever come down from heaven with truth except Jesus.
- 3.14 – The son must be lifted up. Elevated above all else.
- 3.15 – Whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
IV. John 3.16: What’s Behind Your Salvation?
- 3.16a – Why is God preparing a place for you? His love.
- 3.16b – How has God loved? The gift of His only begotten Son.
- 3.16c – What is the means of that salvation? Belief.
- 3.16d – What is the result of that belief? Eternal life.
- 3.17 – what was the purpose of Jesus’coming?
- Next time, He’s coming in judgment. Are you prepared?