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Bible Names N-Z: Nicodemus


Nicodemus in Easton's Bible Dictionary the people is victor, a Pharisee and a member of the Sanhedrin. He is first noticed as visiting Jesus by night (John 3:1-21) for the purpose of learning more of his doctrines, which our Lord then unfolded to him, giving prominence to the necessity of being "born again." He is next met with in the Sanhedrin (7:50-52), where he protested against the course they were taking in plotting against Christ. Once more he is mentioned as taking part in the preparation for the anointing and burial of the body of Christ (John 19:39). We hear nothing more of him. There can be little doubt that he became a true disciple.

Nicodemus in Fausset's Bible Dictionary A ruler of the Jews, a master ("teacher") of Israel, and a Pharisee. John (John 3:1-10) alone mentions him. John knew the high priest (John 18:15), so his knowledge of Nicodemus among the high priest's associates is natural. John watched with deep interest his growth in grace, which is marked in three stages (Mark 4:26-29). (1) An anxious inquirer. The rich were ashamed to confess Jesus openly, in spite of convictions of the reality of His mission; so Joseph of Arimathea "a disciple, but secretly for fear of the Jews" (John 19:38). The poor "came" by day, but Nicodemus "by night." By an undesigned coincidence marking genuineness, Jesus' discourse is tinged, as was His custom (John 6:26-27; John 4:7-14; John 4:35), with a coloring drawn from the incidents of the moment: cf6 "this is the condemnation that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light", etc.; cf6 "every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light ... but he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest that they are wrought in God" (John 3:19-21). Nicodemus was now a timid but candid inquirer; sincere so far as his belief extended. Fear of man holds back many from decision for Christ (John 7:13; John 9:22; John 12:42-43; John 5:44; Proverbs 29:25; contrast Isaiah 51:7-8; Isaiah 66:5; Acts 5:41).

Nicodemus in Hitchcock's Bible Names victory of the people

Nicodemus in Naves Topical Bible -A Jewish rabbi -Becomes a disciple of Jesus Joh 3:1-10; 7:50-53

Nicodemus in Smiths Bible Dictionary (conqueror of the people), a Pharisee, a ruler of the Jews and a teacher of Israel, Joh 3:1,10 whose secret visit to our Lord was the occasion of the discourse recorded only by St. John. In Nicodemus a noble candor and a simple love of truth shine out in the midst of hesitation and fear of man. He finally became a follower of Christ, and came with Joseph of Arimathaea to take down and embalm the body of Jesus.

Nicodemus in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE nik-o-de'-mus (Nikodemos): A Pharisee and a "ruler of the Jews," mentioned only by John. He (1) interviewed Christ at Jerusalem and was taught by Him the doctrine of the New Birth (Jn 3:1-15), (2) defended Him before the Sanhedrin (Jn 7:50-52), and (3) assisted at His burial (Jn 19:39-42). 1. The Interview: This meeting, which it has been surmised took place in the house of John (Jn 3:1-15), was one of the results of our Lord's ministry at Jerusalem during the first Passover (compare Jn 3:2 with Jn 2:23). Although Nicodemus had been thus won to believe in the divine nature of Christ's mission, his faith was yet very incomplete in that he believed Him to be inspired only after the fashion of the Old Testament prophets. To this faint-hearted faith corresponded his timidity of action, which displayed itself in his coming "by night," lest he should offend his colleagues in the Sanhedrin and the other hostile Jews (Jn 3:2). In answer to the veiled question which the words of Nicodemus implied, and to convince him of the inadequacy of mere intellectual belief, Christ proclaimed to him the necessity for a spiritual regeneration: "Except one be born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God" (Jn 3:3). This was interpreted by Nicodemus only in its materialistic sense, and therefore caused him bewilderment and confusion (Jn 3:4). But Christ, as on another occasion when dealing with His questioners on a similar point of doctrine (compare Jn 6:52,53), answered his perplexity only by repeating His previous statement (Jn 3:5). He then proceeded to give further explanation. The re-birth is not outward but inward, it is not of the body but of the soul (Jn 3:6). Just as God is the real agent in the birth of the body, so also is He the Creator of the New Spirit; and just as no one knoweth whence cometh the wind, or "whither it goeth," yet all can feel its effects who come under its influence, so is it with the rebirth. Only those who have experienced it as a change in themselves, wrought by the Divine Power, are qualified to judge either of its reality or of its effects (Jn 3:7,8). But Nicodemus, since such experience had not yet been his, remained still unenlightened (Jn 3:9). Christ therefore condemned such blindness in one who yet professed to be a teacher of spiritual things (Jn 3:10), and emphasized the reality in His own life of those truths which He had been expounding (Jn 3:11). With this, Christ returned to the problem underlying the first statement of Nicodemus. If Nicodemus cannot believe in "earthly things," i.e. in the New Birth, which, though coming from above, is yet realized in this world, how can he hope to understand "heavenly things," i.e. the deeper mysteries of God's purpose in sending Christ into the world (Jn 3:12), of Christ's Divine sonship (Jn 3:13), of His relationship to the atonement and the salvation of man (Jn 3:14), and of how a living acceptance of and feeding upon Him is in itself Divine life (Jn 3:15; compare Jn 6:25-65)?...

Nicodemus in Wikipedia Nicodemus (Greek: Νικόδημος) was a Pharisee and a member of the Sanhedrin, who, according to the Gospel of John, showed favour to Jesus. He appears three times in the Gospel: the first is when he visits Jesus one night to listen to his teachings (John 3:1-21); the second is when he states the law concerning the arrest of Jesus during the Feast of Tabernacles (John 7:45-51); and the last follows the Crucifixion, when he assists Joseph of Arimathea in preparing the corpse of Jesus for burial (John 19:39-42)...

Nicodemus Scripture - John 19:39 And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound [weight].

Nicodemus Scripture - John 3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:

Nicodemus Scripture - John 3:4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?

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