"I am telling you the truth," replied Jesus, "that no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.
A person is born physically of human parents, but is born spiritually of the Spirit.
Do not be surprised because I tell you that you must all be born again.
The wind blows wherever it wishes; you hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it is going. It is like that with everyone who is born of the Spirit."
"How can this be?" asked Nicodemus.
Jesus answered, "You are a great teacher in Israel, and you don't know this?
I am telling you the truth: we speak of what we know and report what we have seen, yet none of you is willing to accept our message.
You do not believe me when I tell you about the things of this world; how will you ever believe me, then, when I tell you about the things of heaven? 1
And no one has ever gone up to heaven except the Son of Man, who came down from heaven." 2
As Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the desert, in the same way the Son of Man must be lifted up, 3
so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.