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Chapter Three Contents: Nicodemus and the new birth. The last testimony of John the Baptist. Characters: God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Nicodemus, John the Baptist, Moses, John’s disciples. Conclusion: Since the natural man, however gifted, moral, or refined, is absolutely blind to spiritual truth and impotent to enter the kingdom, a new birth through Christ as the channel and the Holy Spirit as the power is an absolute necessity. Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people.
Barnes' Notes on the Bible Think not that I am come ... - Our Saviour was just entering on his work. It was important for him to state what he came to do. By his setting up to be a teacher in opposition to the scribes and Pharisees, some might charge him with an intention to destroy their law, and to abolish the customs of the nation.