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Salvation Offered     John 3:1-16     Sept. 22, 2013


Introduction

       In the teacher’s quarterly it ask about our habit of talking to people about Jesus. I hope you could check regularly. When people know you are willing to talk about Jesus they may come and talk to you. Verse 16 may be the most memorized verse in the Bible. Why memorize it if we don’t share it? Many people do not know it and it is the center of our lesson I personally think Nicodemus accepted the Salvation Offered

1.    Salvation Offered to A . . Seeking Man. 3:1-3

       A.   This Man Came Seeking at . . Night. 3:1-2a

1 There was a man from the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.

        2 This man came to Him at night . . .”

 

       B.   This Man Came Seeking Because of . . Need. 3:2b-3

2 “. . . and said, "Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher, for no one could perform these signs You do unless God were with him."

       3 Jesus replied, "I assure you: Unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."


       Why did Nicodemus come at night; many believe he wanted to talk secretly. Jesus knew he was a seeking man and immediately opened the subject that concerned Nicodemus. Even though he was a ruler of the Jews he

questioned his personal salvation. Having all kinds of accolades to pin on your name will not satisfy. You need a spiritual birth. Who said so? Jesus did!

 

2.    Salvation Offered to A . . Sincere Man. 3:4-9

       A    This Sincere Man . . Asked Questions. 3:4 & 9

       4 "But how can anyone be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked Him. "Can he enter his mother's womb

       a second time and be born?" 9 "How can these things be?" asked Nicodemus.


       B    This Sincere Man Received . . Assurance from Jesus. 3:5-8

       5 Jesus answered, "I assure you: Unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the

       kingdom of God. 6 Whatever is born of the flesh is flesh, and whatever is born of the Spirit is spirit.

       7 Do not be amazed that I told you that you must be born again. 8 The wind blows where it pleases, and

       you hear its sound, but you don't know where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone

       born of the Spirit."

 

       Nicodemus did not ask “why” but “how?” Down deep he knew He needed a spiritual change in his life so

he asked questions of this man who came from God. He learned Jesus was not just a rabbi but the Son of God.

Nicodemus made the mistake of reasoning about this new birth in the realm of the physical rather then the spiritual. Today many make it relate to baptism. Jesus contrasted the physical with the spiritual. He began where Nicodemus was, he was with the physical water of natural birth, and told him he must have both births; physical and spiritual. The fleshly birth and fleshly actions cannot produce a spiritual birth because that which is flesh produces flesh. He, and we, must have a Spiritual birth and that only comes from above through the Spirit.

 

3.     Salvation Offered to A . . Summarizing Man. 3:10-12

       A    This Summarizing Man Qualified As A Reasoning . . Teacher. 3:10

       10 "Are you a teacher of Israel and don't know these things?" Jesus replied.


       B    This Summarizing Man Qualified As One Reasoning Over Jesus’ . . Testimony. 3:11-12

       11 "I assure you: We speak what We know and We testify to what We have seen, but you do not accept

       Our testimony. 12 If I have told you about things that happen on earth and you don't believe, how will you

       believe if I tell you about things of heaven?


       Nicodemus qualified as a “teacher of Israel” and he summarized in his mind what Jesus was saying. He heard openly the testimony of Jesus but did not immediately receive it, being from Missouri I understand that.

But, by reasoning more as Jesus told him about the things of heaven; many believe he received the spiritual birth and I am one of them.

 

4.    Salvation Offered to A . . Successful Man. 3:13-16

       A    This Successful Man Heard the Simple . . Plan of Salvation. 3:13-14

       13 No one has ascended into heaven except the One who descended from heaven—the Son of Man.

       14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,


       B    This Successful Man Heard About One not . . Perishing. 3:15-16

       15 so that everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life.

       16 "For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes

       in Him will not perish but have eternal life.

                                                                                            

       Did you ever present the very simple plan of salvation to a person known to be very intelligent? Your spirit

       may very well become timid; Jesus was not ever timid. Nicodemus was timid and in the other biblical

       references after this we have about him he seems to be timid about his relationship with Jesus, but he did
       finally speak and act. Some early historians say He did follow the Lord and Simon Peter had the joy of baptizing him. We can certainly hope to see him in heaven. Let us learn to overcome any timidity we
       have and share everywhere we go the Salvation Offered. Amen? Amen!