New American Standard Bible
Nicodemus said to Him, "How can these things be?"
King James Bible
Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?
Darby Bible Translation
Nicodemus answered and said to him, How can these things be?
World English Bible
Nicodemus answered him, "How can these things be?"
Young's Literal Translation
Nicodemus answered and said to him, 'How are these things able to happen?'
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
How can these things be? - Nicodemus was still unwilling to admit the doctrine unless he understood it; and we have here an instance of a man of rank stumbling at one of the plainest doctrines of religion, and unwilling to admit a truth because he could not understand "how" it could be, when he daily admitted the truth of facts in other things which he could as little comprehend. And we may learn:
1. that people will often admit facts on other subjects, and be greatly perplexed by similar facts in religion.
2. that no small part of people's difficulties are because they cannot understand how or why a thing is.
3. that people of rank and learning are as likely to be perplexed by these things as those in the obscurest and humblest walks of life.
4. that this is one reason why such men, particularly, so often reject the truths of the gospel.
5. that this is a very unwise treatment of truth, and a way which they do not apply to other things.
If the wind cools and refreshes me in summer if it prostrates the oak or lashes the sea into foam - if it destroys my house or my grain, it matters little how it does this; and so of the Spirit. If it renews my heart, humbles my pride, subdues my sin, and comforts my soul, it is a matter of little importance how it does all this. Sufficient for me is it to know that it is done, and to taste the blessings which flow from the renewing. and sanctifying grace of God.
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God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.--JOHN 3:16. God . . . hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: …
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"The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit."
Jesus answered and said to him, "Are you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things?
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