SOAP Bible Study: John 3:9-15

SOAP Bible study is a method that involves Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer. It’s a way to delve deeper into the Bible and apply its teachings to one’s life. Let’s apply this method to our SOAP Bible Study: John 3:9-15, where Jesus continues His conversation with Nicodemus about being born again:

Scripture

“‘How can this be?’ Nicodemus asked. ‘You are Israel’s teacher,’ said Jesus, ‘and do you not understand these things? Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.'” (John 3:9-15)

Observation: In these verses, Nicodemus continues to struggle with understanding Jesus’ teaching about being born again. Jesus expresses surprise that Nicodemus, a teacher of Israel, does not understand these spiritual truths. Jesus emphasizes the importance of accepting His testimony, which is based on firsthand knowledge of both earthly and heavenly matters. He points out that if people do not believe in His teachings about earthly things, they will struggle even more with heavenly things. Jesus then references the story of Moses lifting up the bronze snake in the wilderness (Numbers 21:4-9), comparing it to His own upcoming crucifixion. Just as those who looked at the bronze snake were healed, everyone who believes in Jesus and His sacrificial death will have eternal life.

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Application

This passage challenges us to examine our understanding and acceptance of Jesus’ teachings. It calls us to move beyond intellectual curiosity to genuine faith. Like Nicodemus, we may struggle to grasp spiritual truths, but we must be open to the revelation and testimony of Jesus. The reference to Moses lifting up the snake reminds us of the importance of looking to Jesus for our salvation. Our faith in His crucifixion and resurrection is the basis for eternal life. This passage encourages us to deepen our understanding of Jesus’ teachings and to believe in Him fully, recognizing that He alone has the authority and knowledge of heavenly things.

Prayer

Lord Jesus, thank You for Your patience in teaching us deep spiritual truths. Help us to move beyond mere curiosity to a genuine and profound faith in You. Open our hearts and minds to understand and accept Your testimony. Strengthen our belief in Your sacrificial death and resurrection, knowing that You are the source of eternal life. Teach us to trust in Your words and to look to You in all circumstances. May our faith be steadfast and our understanding of Your teachings grow deeper each day. Amen.


Let our SOAP Bible Study: John 3:9-15 be just the beginning. Let it ignite a deeper desire within you to continue exploring the Scriptures. Each chapter and verse in the Gospel of John is rich with divine revelation waiting to be uncovered. I encourage you to keep studying, keep questioning, and keep seeking the light that Jesus offers. Dive deeper into the free Bible outlines available, engage with the full text, and allow God’s word to continuously transform your heart and mind. Embrace this journey of faith with enthusiasm and let the Word that was in the beginning guide you each step of the way.