John Lesson 4 Day 3 ~ Study of John 3:9-17
6 Nicodemus, a prominent and well-known teacher becomes the student.
Nicodemus, although he was a great and well-known teacher in Israel, didn’t understand or know these things from scripture. (AMP) A spiritual leader of the Jews should have known these things Jesus was saying. Instead, Nicodemus was trying to understand based on his five natural senses. He envisioned another king like David—delivering Israel from Roman rule.
Following his questions in verse 9, Nicodemus becomes the student.
The following Old Testament scriptures revealed the spiritual world and prophesied the new birth.
Ezekiel 36:26-27 “And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations. (NLT emphasis added)
Ezekiel 37:9-10, 14 “Then he said to me, ‘Speak a prophetic message to the winds, son of man. Speak a prophetic message and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, O breath, from the four winds! Breathe into these dead bodies so they may live again.’ So I spoke the message as he commanded me, and breath came into their bodies. They all came to life and stood up on their feet—a great army.”...I will put my Spirit in you, and you will live again and return home to your own land. Then you will know that I, the Lord, have spoken, and I have done what I said. Yes, the Lord has spoken!'” (NLT emphasis added)
Isaiah 44:3-5 “…I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants, and my blessing on your children.” (NLT emphasis added)
7 a. In John 3:11 Jesus says, “we tell you what we know and have seen.”
Some scholars suggest Jesus was referring to His disciples when He said “we.” But this was early in His ministry. Even later on, His disciples were pretty clueless. After Jesus rose from the dead, they began to catch on. It wasn’t until after the Holy Spirit came they really understood.
Instead, Jesus refers to Himself, the Father, and the Holy Spirit. He also refers to what they see in Heaven. In John 8:28, Jesus said, “I do nothing on my own but say only what the Father taught me.” NLT
In John 3:2, Nicodemus said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God…” so the fact that Jesus also said we mirrors Nicodemus’ statement. But Jesus speaks of a far superior we.
In John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God. And the Word was God.” In Genesis 1:26, “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.'” One Hebrew name of God, Elohim, is used 2598 times in the Old Testament. Elohim is a plural noun.
b. Jesus said, “You won’t believe our testimony.”
John 1:19-28 The Pharisees didn’t believe the testimony of John the Baptist either. When asked, he replied, “I am a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Clear the way for the Lord’s coming!’”
John 2:13-25 When Jesus ran the commerce out of the Temple, He quoted David’s prophecy, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” Jesus also offered the sign of His death and resurrection. Most of Jews still refuse to believe even after He did it.
8 Jesus said, “And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.”
Numbers 21:4-9 The Bronze Snake
Just as Moses lifted up a bronze snake on a pole and everyone who looked at it was healed, so Jesus would be lifted up on the cross. Everyone who looks to Him with true faith will be healed of the plague sin brought into their hearts. John 12:32-33 makes it clear Jesus is speaking of His crucifixion.
9 a. John 3:13-17 Salvation
The focus of John 3:16 isn’t about perishing, it’s about eternal life. Jesus offers us a gift. He forgave our sins, but it’s like money deposited in our name. We can live in poverty our entire lives, or we can go to the bank and claim our inheritance.
Eternal life begins the day we believe and receive—exchanging our filthy rags for His robe of righteousness.
According to Jesus’ own words in John 17:3, everlasting life is knowing God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, and it’s not just knowing them but knowing them in the biblical sense of the word. This is speaking of intimacy.
A person who comes to the Lord for forgiveness of sins but doesn’t go on to experience intimacy with the Lord is missing the true point of salvation. It is a wonderful benefit of salvation to avoid hell and all its torments. But everlasting life begins on earth (John 3:36) in the form of intimacy with the Father and Son.
Sin was like a barrier that blocked our access to God. Without the removal of that barrier, there could be no true fellowship with the Father. Therefore, Jesus did take the sin of the whole world upon Himself (John 12:32) and has reconciled us to God (2 Corinthians 5:19). But if we don’t go past where the barrier used to be, into intimacy with the Father, we are missing the true point of salvation in this life. Andrew Wommack
Acts 4:12 “There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”
Romans 10:13 “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
b. I’m thankful for all the benefits of God’s unearned and undeserved favor.
But the fact that I have a relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit right now, gives me many reasons to jump, dance and shout!
MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on John Lesson 4 Day 3