John 3:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 3:7, NIV: "You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.'"

John 3:7, ESV: "Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’"

John 3:7, KJV: "Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again."

John 3:7, NASB: "Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be bornagain.’"

John 3:7, NLT: "So don't be surprised when I say, 'You must be born again.'"

John 3:7, CSB: "Do not be amazed that I told you that you must be born again."

What does John 3:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In verse 3, Jesus stated that a person had to be "born again" in order to see the kingdom of God. In verse 6, He clarifies that this is because of the difference between "the flesh" and "the Spirit." The term "flesh" is often used in the Bible as a reference to our human nature. All people are, by default, opposed to God and disobedient to Him. It is impossible for those who have a nature of "the flesh" to relate to God. It is also impossible for the flesh to change its own nature. The only way for a person to change his nature is through a rebirth—this means being reborn through the Spirit of God. This is why Jesus says Nicodemus should not be surprised. Flesh cannot change itself, it is the same since birth; but flesh cannot be part of the kingdom of God. So, logically, a person has to be "born again"—given a new nature—to make this change.