Answers For the Gospel of John Chapter 3

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Questions and Answers

1. What can we learn of Nicodemus from the following verses?

  • John 3:1 - He was a Pharisee, a member of the Jewish ruling council, he was a man of stature
  • John 3:10 - He was a teacher of the Jews, he was a learned man
  • John 7:45-52 - He wanted Jesus to speak to and be heard by the Jewish ruling council, he obviously was a just man
  • John 19:38-42 - He was one of two who prepared Jesus’ body for burial and laid him in the tomb, he was a compassionate man

2. For what reasons might Nicodemus have come to Jesus at night?

Perhaps he came in the night for these reasons:

  • He was afraid of the Jewish council finding out
  • He wanted no crowds around Jesus when he spoke to him
  • He was busy teaching during the day

3. Who might Nicodemus mean in verse 2 when he says “we”?

Perhaps he meant this when he said we:

  • The Jewish council
  • The Jewish people in general
  • Those Jews who believed in Jesus

Questions and Answers

1. Who might Jesus have been referring to when he used the word we in verse 11?

  • The trinity
  • Jesus and the prophets
  • Jesus and John the Baptist

2. Why did Nicodemus visit Jesus?

He wanted to know if he was doing the right thing spiritually, he wanted assurance that his lifestyle would ensure that he would see the Kingdom of God

3. List 6 spiritual truths stated by Jesus about himself in verses 13 through 18.

  1. No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven - the Son of Man
  2. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up
  3. Everyone who believes in him (Son of Man) may have eternal life
  4. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life
  5. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him
  6. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son

Questions and Answers

1. In verse 14 it states Moses lifted up the snake in the desert. Why did Moses do this?

God told him to do this to heal those bitten by venomous snakes. They were healed when they looked at the bronze snake that was lifted up on a pole.

2. What did Jesus mean when he said “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."

The Holy Spirit or God moves according to His own pleasure and His comings and goings which are not discernable to men but you can discern the effects of it; just as the winds effects are felt – you can hear and feel it but cannot tell how it works, where it is going or coming from – So it is with God.

3. In the Gospel of John, Chapter 3 verses 12 through 18 the word believe occurs 6 times. In verse 15, verse 16 and verse 18 (1st occurrance) state who should believe, what should be believed, and what benefit the belief brings.

  • Who Should Believe - Everyone should believe In Jesus and receive the benefit of eternal life (Verse 15)
  • What Should Be Believed - Whoever believes in Jesus shall not perish but have eternal life (Verse 16)
  • What Benefit the Belie Brings - Whoever believes in Jesus is not condemned (Verse 18)

Questions and Answers

1. Verse 20 states “Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.” What does this verse tell us about the heart or conscience of mankind?

Every person knows in his heart that light exposes evilEvery person knows what evil isEvery person fears being exposed for his or her evil deeds

2. In verse 31, who is: 

  • The one who comes from above - Jesus Christ 
  • The one who is from the earth - John the Baptist

3. From verses 25 and 26 what might the specific issue of the argument between the disciples of John the Baptist and “the certain Jew” have been?

From the statement from verse 26 “…and everyone is going to him." . . .and the fact that John’s answer in verse 27 and following addresses the authority aspect of the right to act as they were (baptizing), it is an argument over whether or not Jesus and his disciples should baptize or if they were authorized to do so.

Questions and Answers

1. In verse 29 who are the following:

  • The bride - The church
  • The bridegroom - Jesus Christ
  • The Bridegroom’s friend - John the Baptist

2. Why did John say in verse 30 “He must become greater; I must become less.”?

Because his disciples were not listening to him and were concerned that Jesus and his disciples were baptizing, they did not understand that John was not in competition with Jesus. They did not listen or did not hear John when he said “there is one greater that me whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.”

3. How in your life, can you become less and Jesus become greater?

For my life, this is how I can become less and Jesus greater:
Put less focus on myself (less pride, more repentance) and more focus on Jesus (more obedience, humbleness and his grace)

Questions and Answers

1. Which verse describes God’s love for the world and which verses describe God’s love for Jesus Christ?

  • Verse 16 - God’s love for the world
  • Verse 35 - God’s love for Jesus Christ

2. List the different names or natures that are attributed to Jesus Christ in the following verses:

  •   2 - Rabbi, A teacher who has come from God
  • 13 - The Son of Man
  • 18 - God's one and only Son 
  • 19 - Light
  • 29 - The Bridegroom
  • 31 - The one who comes from above / comes from heaven
  • 34 - The one whom God has sent

3. Cite the 3 verses in Chapter 3 that clearly and specifically state the idea that whosoever believes in Jesus Christ has eternal life.

  1. Verse 15 - “…that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”
  2. Verse 16 - "For God so loved the world that he gave his one nd only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
  3. Verse 36 – “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him."