Nearly 25 years ago, I was blessed to hear and talk about this passage with a dear friend, Charles Leiter. He has written a book titled “Justification and Regeneration” where he deals tremendously with these truths. Those discussions from the past have shaped my views and ways of thinking through this passage immensely. I also summarized and paraphrased thoughts from John Piper and Tim Keller and John Morris (NICNT Commentary) on this passage as I attempted to best understand, internalize and feed His sheep. This would be true of this entire section of messages from John 2:23-3:17. All glory to God!