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The Always Friend

[Jesus said,] “If you love me, show it by doing what I’ve told you. I will talk to the Father, and he’ll provide you another Friend so that you will always have someone with you.” —John 14:15-16 MESSAGE Key Thought Love is shown by the actions that back up a…

Anticipating the Overflow

On the final and climactic day of the Feast, Jesus took his stand. He cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Rivers of living water will brim and spill out of the depths of anyone who believes in me this way, just as the Scripture…

Nothing Else Matters!

[Jesus said,] “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you — they are full of the Spirit and life.” —John 6:63 NIV Key Thought The apostle Paul said essentially the same thing as in today’s verse when he wrote, “I consider everything…

Must!

[Jesus said,] “But the time is coming — indeed it’s here now — when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit…

The Time Has Come

[Jesus said,] “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” —John…

Without Limit

For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. —John 3:34-35 NIV Key Thought John’s gospel declares again and again that Jesus is God among us. He speaks…

Spiritual Mystery

[Jesus continued,] “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.” “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked. —John 3:8 NIV Key Thought As a young boy, I…

A Great Have-To

[Jesus said,] “So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.'” —John 3:7 NLT Key Thought We sometimes fail to realize that Nicodemus is the ultimate good guy — he is the best of the best. He is a religious leader and teacher. He has come to…

Only the Holy Spirit Gives Birth to Spiritual Life

[Jesus continued,] “Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life.” —John 3:6 NLT Key Thought Ten times in five verses in the Bible’s first chapter we are told that each living thing produced according to its kind (Genesis 1:11-12; Genesis 1:21; Genesis 1:24-25).…

New Life!

“What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?” Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.” —John 3:4-5 NLT Key Thought We can begin…

The Chosen One of God

[John the Baptizer continued,] “I didn’t know [Jesus] was the one, but when God sent me to baptize with water, he told me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descend and rest is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ I saw this happen to Jesus,…

Eyes Opened

[John the Baptizer said,] “I did not recognize [Jesus] as the Messiah, but I have been baptizing with water so that he might be revealed to Israel.” Then John testified, “I saw the Holy Spirit descending like a dove from heaven and resting upon him.” —John 1:31-32 NLT Key Thought…