Dr. Charles R. Peters
"Religion Won't Cut It"
Smith Grove Baptist Church
Colfax, North Carolina, USA
Sunday Morning, August 27, 2017
John Chapter 3
3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the
3:2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know
that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles
that thou doest, except God be with him.
3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee,
Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
3:4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can
he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be
born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of
3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of
the Spirit is spirit.
3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound
thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so
is every one that is born of the Spirit.
3:9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?
3:10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and
knowest not these things?
3:11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and
testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
3:12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye
believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from
heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must
the Son of man be lifted up:
3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal
3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting
3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but
that the world through him might be saved.
3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth
not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of
the only begotten Son of God.
3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world,
and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to
the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be
made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
3:22 After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of
Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized.
3:23 And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there
was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.
3:24 For John was not yet cast into prison.
3:25 Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and
the Jews about purifying.
3:26 And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with
thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same
baptizeth, and all men come to him.
3:27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be
given him from heaven.
3:28 Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ,
but that I am sent before him.
3:29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the
bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of
the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.
3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
3:31 He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is
earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above
3:32 And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man
receiveth his testimony.
3:33 He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God
3:34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth
not the Spirit by measure unto him.
3:35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.
3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that
believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth