In this chapter, we learn that it is crucial for us to believe on the name of Jesus Christ, accept Him as our Savior, and be born again through baptism.
A Pharisee and ruler of the Jews named Nicodemus visited Jesus. He recognized that Jesus was from God.
In verses 3-7, Jesus taught Nicodemus that all must be baptized by water and by the Holy Ghost in order to be saved in the kingdom of God:
“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.
“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?
“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 God.
“That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
“Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”
Jesus further teaches us that He Himself is the Savior; that He would be lifted up upon the cross to die for us. Because He had the power to rise again, He can also lift us up out of our sinful state by providing us the privilege of being born again through baptism and faith on His name; and, He will also lift us up from death in the resurrection.
In verses 16-17, perhaps the best-known scriptures to the Christian world, Jesus testified that this was His Father’s Plan, to send His only Begotten Son to save us through faith in His name and obedience to His ordinances and commandments:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
‘For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
In verses 18-21, we learn that believing on Jesus will save us from condemnation:
“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.
“And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
“For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
“But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”
Jesus and John and their disciples performed baptisms. John knew that his ministry was to point people to Jesus. John supports Jesus and His works, and he declares His divinity. John knows that God gave the greater measure of priesthood and authority to His Only Begotten Son.
“The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.
“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 on him” (vs. 35-36).