Gospel of John – Lesson Six – John 3 – A New What???

This article is part 6 of 6 in the series The Gospel Of John

Text: John 3:1-13
When thinking of “things new” a “new birth” just doesn’t come to mind, normally. Nor is it usually on our “want list.” (Well maybe it is.) Nicodemus must have been shocked when Jesus told him, “You must be born again,” and even though there seems to be some things left out of the conversation, Jesus does not leave out anything important.

Nicodemus was:
– Wealthy (John 19:39)
– Pharisee (“Chaburah” = “Brotherhood”) “They entered this “brotherhood” by taking a
pledge in front of three witnesses that they would spend all their lives observing every detail of the scribal law… There were 6,000 in the “brotherhood.” These were considered “the best in the country.” They were strictly “orthodox” and considered first 5 books as complete will of God. Their goal = PERFECTION by law keeping.
– Ruler (Sanhedrin) = 70 Supreme Court of the Jews. Religious jurisdiction over every Jew in the world. Their duty: Examine every ‘so-called’ prophet – TRUE OR FALSE!
– Our Context shows John 3:3-15 (at least) = spoken to NICODEMUS.
– Came by night – “Why?” – Speculations – Who cares! Why important or not?
– What really matters: He came to the right person, and his life was changed forever.

1. “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God…”
What reason did he give for this? ___________________________________________
2. Jesus tells Nicodemus, “You must be born again.” What does this mean?
– Digging deeper: (Gk. “Anothen”) Three meanings not possible to be put in one word:
– “From the beginning” – Completely, radically.
– “Again” – In the sense of a second time.
– “From above” – ie. From God
3. What does the Bible say about the “new birth”? Please list the outstanding point or principle found in:
– I Peter 1:3 ___________________________________________________________
– I Peter 1:22-23 _______________________________________________________
– James 1:18 __________________________________________________________
– Titus 3:5 ____________________________________________________________
– Romans 6:1-11 _______________________________________________________
– I Cor. 3:1-2 __________________________________________________________
– II Cor. 5:17 __________________________________________________________
– Gal. 6:15 ____________________________________________________________
– Eph. 4:22-24 _________________________________________________________
– Heb. 5:12-14 _________________________________________________________
4. What important conclusions do you come to after studying these verses regarding “new birth”? What difference should a “new birth” mean?
5. The new birth indicates that there be a radical change which is based on a new relationship VERTICALLY (ie. With God). How does the new birth relate to:
– The kingdom of God? (Col. 1:13) __________________________________________
– The family of God? (I Tim. 3:15; Matt. 18:3) __________________________________
– The body of Christ? (Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-27; I Cor. 12:12-13) ____________________
6. “Pneuma” in Greek means “spirit” or “wind.” What do we not know about the Spirit (as
compared to “the wind?” Can you give some examples of this “Spirit activity” in the book of Acts? _______________________________________________________________
– What conclusions can we draw from the surprising activity of the Spirit? ___________
7. What are the elements of the new birth? Jno. 3:5; Col. 2:11-13; Acts 2:36-39
– Purpose of the ____________ is __________________________________
– Purpose of the ____________ is __________________________________
8. What is the danger of over-emphasizing one element (water and Spirit) above the other or to the exclusion of one or the other? (What do you think about this statement: “A waterless Spirit birth is no more effective than a Spiritless water birth.” ______________________________________________________________________
9. How does this effect what you have previously thought about the “new birth?”________________________________________________________________
10. Why is this important to you and your life on a daily basis? ______________________________________________________________________

(For more study on this topic please refer to Series “Holy Spirit” and “Amazing Grace” in this website. Hope this helps.)

Grow in grace!!!

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