3 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the
Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know
you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform
the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.”
3 In reply, Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the
kingdom of God unless he is born again.”
4 “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked.
“Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!”
5 Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God
unless he is born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh,
but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised
at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 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.”