Who Was Nicodemus In The Bible?

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According to John 3 in the Holy Bible, Nicodemus was a Pharisee and a member of the Jewish ruling council who approached Jesus in the middle of the night with their worry. Nicodemus was given a response that future generations of Christians would keep to themselves.

Jesus Christ Says To Nicodemus

(John 3:1-15) Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’

The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things?

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No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

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What The Bible Says About Nicodemus

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Nicodemus warned a group of disbelieving Pharisees in John 7:50–51 against forcibly taking Jesus. Also in John 19:39, Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea work together to give Christ a customary Jewish burial after he has been executed. A mixture of around 75 pounds of myrrh and aloes was delivered by Nicodemus (John 19:39).

 

The Story of Nicodemus

In John 3 in the Holy Bible, Nicodemus acknowledges that given all of Christ’s miraculous deeds, God had to have sent him. Jesus responds with a resounding truth that gets right to the point: “…no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again” (John 3:3).

Nicodemus queries how somebody could be born twice, thinking both physically and otherwise as we can record in John 3:4. Jesus goes on to explain to Nicodemus the significance of being born of the Spirit as the conversation proceeds (John 3:5-8).

Nicodemus then asks, “How can this be?” (John 3:9). Christ used an Old Testament parable in Numbers 4-9, which a Pharisee was sure to have heard previously, to explain how to be born again and enter the kingdom of God, lamenting that Nicodemus cannot seem to understand such a holy notion (John 3:12).

Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him” (John 3:14-15).

John writes the God-motivated verse:

“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. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16-17)

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What Did Jesus Say To Nicodemus?

In response, Christ said, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again. “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus questioned. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!”

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