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On The Book of John
The Gospel of John Chapter 6
I will do the Gospel of John
Commentary similar to my other Commentaries . . . in that
I will bring the verse or verses in the KJV, followed by what
it is saying to me. What I write will be a personal comment,
it is NOT Scripture.
We now come to the miraculous feeding of the five thousand. This miracle is recorded in all four Gospels. In the Gospel of John, Jesus follows this miracle with a discourse on the Bread of Life. John records only certain miracles, and he calls the miracles "signs" because signs are for a purpose. John 20:30-31 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: 31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. (KJV) . . . This is an important Passage because it is actually the key to this entire Gospel of John!
We find Jesus feeding the five thousand, and continues on into His great speech on the fact that He is the TRUE Bread of God.
Jesus Feeds The Five Thousand . . . John 6:1-15
John 6:1 After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias. (KJV)
After these things . . . after Christ's curing the man at Bethesda's pool, and the facts about Himself for doing it or the Sabbath day, and for asserting His equality with God the Father. "After these things" . . . indicate a considerable time goes by. Compare this with "after this" in Jn.2:12.
Jesus went over the sea of Galilee . . . went to the east side of the sea. The place to which He went was Bethsaida (Lk.9:10). The account of this miracle of feeding the five thousand is recorded also in (Mat.14:13-21; Mk.6:32-44; Lk.9:10-17). John just adds some things that the other evangelists omit. The sea of Galilee is the same as the lake of Gennesaret (Lk.5:10) . . . Which is the sea of Tiberias.
John 6:2 And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased. (KJV)
And a great multitude followed him . . . multitudes from several cities and towns in Galilee, where He had been preaching and working miracles were following Him, apparently referring to His popularity at that time.
Because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased . . . their following Him was NOT because of the doctrine He taught, or their concern for their souls. They followed Him; either to satisfy their curiosity in seeing His miracles, or to be healed of their physical problems, as others had been.
John 6:3 And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. (KJV)
And Jesus went up into a mountain . . . Mark refers to it as "a desert place" (Mk.6:32), meaning uninhabited. Luke calls it a "desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida" (Lk.9:10).
And there he sat with his disciples . . . partly for security from the cruelty of Herod, having just heard of the beheading of John the Baptist (Mat.14:10); and too for privacy, that He might speak alone with His disciples (Mat.5:1).
John 6:4 And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh. (KJV)
And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh . . . this was the third Passover, since our Lord's baptism, and entrance on His public ministry (Jn.2:13; 5:1). Whether Christ went up to this feast is not certain; some think He did not; but since all males were to go to these feasts three times a year, He must have gone (Ex.23:14-17; 34:22-23; Deut.16:16).
John 6:5 When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? (KJV)
When Jesus then lift up his eyes . . . the Lord had been teaching His disciples (Mat.5:1), looking intently on them, while He was speaking with them.
And saw a great company come unto him . . . a multitude came on foot from Capernaum, and other cities of Galilee.
He saith unto Philip . . . this, and what follows, to the end of the 7th verse, is not mentioned by any of the other evangelists. It is possible that Philip could have been the provider for the disciples, while Judas was the treasurer.
Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? . . . since Philip was from Bethsaida (Jn.1:44; 12:21), he would have been better acquainted with the country than the other disciples. The question also appears in the other accounts but, it is the disciples asking Jesus (Mk.6:37).
John 6:6 And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do. (KJV)
And this he said to prove him . . . tempt him, try his faith, also the rest of the disciples, mainly to prepare them for the miracle to come; so it would seem as amazing as it was.
For he himself knew what he would do . . .Christ already knew exactly what he would do! He would feed the large number of people that were with Him, with that tiny amount of food they had among them. Jesus, being the Almighty and omniscient God, He knew that He was well able to do it. The people would be fed, but Jesus wanted to first try the faith of His apostles.
John 6:7 Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. (KJV)
Philip answered him . . . in a quick, short, carnal and unbelieving way.
Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them . . . different interpretations for this: it may have been all that was in the treasury, or all that Christ and His disciples had. Because this was a rounded number (Mk.6:37), maybe Philip, wanted to show just how impracticable it was to provide food for such a large company, being they had so little money. In English versions the word denarius is rendered "penny." One denarius was about a day's wages for a common laborer.
The other Gospel writers tell us that the disciples advised the Lord Jesus. "Why don't You send them away?" Our Lord answered, "We're not going to send them away. We're going to have them sit down and we're going to feed them" (Lk.9:12-15). Our Lord draws out Philip. Philip says they do not have enough money to buy enough bread.
That everyone of them might take a little . . . what they had would be far from giving them a meal, but maybe everyone could have a bit to taste, or at least to dull the appetite.
John 6:8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him, (KJV)
One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother . . . Andrew and his brother Peter, were of Bethsaida too, along with Philip, and was a disciple of Christ's; he hearing what Christ said to Philip, and the answer he returned,
Saith unto him . . . to Christ, with but little more faith than Philip. First Philip, then Andrew failed this test of their faith in the time of need. Both of them overlooked the power of the Master and instead answered with pessimistic despair. Only John mentions the roles of Philip and Andrew in this account. He was more than likely there.
John 6:9 There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? (KJV)
There is a lad here . . . some say that the boy was paid to carry the provisions of Christ and His disciples . . . IF this were so . . . it shows how meagerly Christ and His disciples lived. Others say the boy belonged to some in the multitude; and that he came there to sell what he had.
Which hath five barley loaves. . . . barley loaves were considered food for animals and poor people, but the Creator Himself would multiply these loaves to feed the hungry multitude and they would be glad to get it! The land of Canaan was a land of barley, as well as wheat (Deut.8:8). The Jews had a barley harvest (Ruth 1:22), which was at the time of the Passover. On the second day after the Passover, the sheaf of the first fruits was waved before the Lord, which was of barley.
And two small fishes . . . there were only "two" and these were "small." Amazing, that 5000 persons could have something of them, and more than enough. These "fishes which were broiled", or maybe dried in the sun (Lk.24:42).
But what are they among so many? . . . how can 2 small fish be divided and possibly have a taste, much less refresh a person? It seems impossible to the disciples . . . but NOT to Jesus!
John 6:10 And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. (KJV)
Jesus said, Make the men sit down . . . only the men were counted, so there could have been more than 10,000 people all together! Mark describes how they were seated (Mk.6:39). Grass would imply that there had been rain. Summer was usually dry.
Now there was much grass in the place . . . at the bottom of the mountain, as one of the evangelists observes, it being the spring of the year, was very ample to sit down upon.
So the men sat down, in number about five thousand . . . besides women and children (Mat.14:21), so that there was just one loaf for more than a thousand persons.
John 6:11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. (KJV)
And Jesus took the loaves . . .into His hands, as also the fishes, in order to feed the multitude with them:
And when he had given thanks . . . the other writers say He blessed the food. John adds that He thanked His Father for it even before the miracle took place. He had concealed His own power in taking the form of a servant (Phil.2:6). He depended on faith in the Father (Jn.5:19). This is a model for us. We should constantly praise God for our food which is a channel of life for us. Do you thank God for the food before you eat?
He distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were sat down . . . "He distributed to them that were sat down" . . . not by His own Hands, but by the means of the disciples, who received from Him, and gave it to them.
And likewise of the fishes, as much as they would . . . meaning that they had as much as they needed, both of the bread and of the fishes, distributed to them, and which they took and ate.
John 6:12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. (KJV)
When they were filled . . . had not only eaten, but had eaten until they were full.
He said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost . . . "Waste not, want not." Have you ever taken notice in an "All you can eat" restaurant, the utter waste? I think it is a terrible sin!
Even in the midst of the abundance of that miracle, Jesus made sure, taking great care that nothing be thrown away! It is SO easy to feel that if something is free, it has little value. The gifts of Heaven, including our daily bread (Mat.6:11), should be appreciated. My dear friend, we are truly blessed when we seek spiritual wisdom of the Scriptures (Ecc.1:13; 2:3; 7:25; 8:16-17; Ps.111:2; Pro2:2-4; 4:7; 18:1,15; 23:26; 1 Tim.4:15).
John 6:13 Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten. (KJV)
Therefore they gathered them together . . . all the bread that was left after everyone had eaten.
And filled twelve baskets . . . every disciple filled a basket.
With the fragments of the five barley loaves . . . and maybe of the fishes also.
Which remained over and above unto them that had eaten . . . what a marvelous increase there was, because of the power of Christ.
John 6:14 Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world. (KJV)
Then those men . . . the five thousand men, who had been fed with the loaves and fishes.
When they had seen the miracle that Jesus did . . . in feeding so many with such a small quantity of food; and in multiplying the provision in such a remarkable manner . . . that after they had eaten and were full, and so many baskets of leftovers were gathered.
Said, this is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world . . . meaning that prophet, that Moses spoke of, in (Deut.18:15,18; Acts 3:22); for the ancient Jews understood this Passage of the Messiah, although the modern ones do not. These men decided that Jesus was "that prophet," or the TRUE Messiah, from the miracle that He did . . . in which He appeared, not only to be like to Moses, but greater than he. Jesus fulfilled the description of the Lord's prophecy to Moses . . . plus MANY others! . . . http://www.lastdaysprophecy.org/L_D_messianic_prophecies.htm
John 6:15 When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone. (KJV)
When Jesus therefore perceived . . . I personally, would translate the word "perceived" here as KNEW! Being the omniscient God, He knew their hearts, and He knew the secret thoughts and purposes of them . . . and as Man, He understood by their words and gestures.
That they would come and take him by force, and make him a king . . . they had it in their mind to seize Him in a violent manner if necessary, and proclaim Him the King Messiah; placing Him at the head of them, to deliver the nation from under the Roman yoke.
He departed again into a mountain, himself alone . . . He left the company, alone, did not even take His disciples with Him.
Maybe the disciples were thinking the same thing. The mountain Christ went into, very likely was the same one that He went up to before. WHY did He depart? Why did He leave? Consider these reasons: #1. To stop their attempt. #2. To show that His kingdom was not of this world; #3. To teach His followers to forsake the honors and riches of this world, for His sake; #4. To let them know, that those who wanted only a temporal redeemer were not worthy of Him. #5. He needed to be alone for private prayer. . . . You decide why He left.
The people had the WRONG idea about the Messiah, thinking He would come as King, while His purpose was to come as the Sacrificial Lamb for the sin of the world (Jn.1:29). This is one big thing that led them to reject Him. There are some very twisted and weird ideas today that try to keep us from being ready for His Second Coming. Deceptions of the "evil one" are intended to destroy souls. Satan had a motive for wanting them to take Him by force (Lk.4:1-13). BEWARE!!!
Jesus Walks On The Water . . . John 6:16-21
John 6:16 And when even was now come, his disciples went down unto the sea, (KJV)
And when even was now come . . . Jesus told His disciples to cross the sea of Galilee without Him (Mat.14:22; Mk.6:45), but as they lingered it grew dark, and they were forced to set sail at night.
His disciples went down unto the sea . . . the Sea of Galilee, or Tiberias, to the sea side. This was by the order of Christ, who wanted them go before Him, that He might be clear of the multitude, and have an opportunity for solitary prayer. http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/14387-tiberias-lake
John 6:17 And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them. (KJV)
And entered into a ship . . . Mark says (Mk.6:45), that our Lord commanded them to go to Bethsaida. Some say they got neither to Bethsaida or Capernaum, but landed in the country of Genesaret (Mat14:34).
And went over the sea towards Capernaum . . . they steered their course from Bethsaida, towards the city of Capernaum.
And it was now dark . . . it was night, which made their voyage more difficult and uncomfortable, especially because afterwards, a storm rose up, but the worst of all was . . . NO Jesus with them!
And Jesus was not come to them . . . since Jesus did not come as they expected, they therefore had to set sail and go without Him. Some commentators say it was Satan who sent the storm. I cannot agree with that. I think it was the Lord Who sent the storm to redirect their voyage and their minds, and preparing them for yet another miracle.
John 6:18 And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew. (KJV)
And the sea arose . . . swelled up and was turbulent and violent. The waves rose high and tossed the ship to and fro.
By reason of a great wind that blew . . . a great wind agitated the waters of the sea, lifting up the waves. This storm seems to have arose after they had set sail, and they were in the middle of the sea.
John 6:19 So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid. (KJV)
So when they had rowed . . .the wind was so wild, they could not use the sails, but had to use the oars.
About five and twenty, or thirty furlongs . . . they rowed about three or four miles. Even though they had been rowing from the time it was dark, to the fourth watch, which was after three o'clock in the morning; that is all the further they got. And all the while they had been tossed about furiously in the sea.
They saw Jesus walking on the sea . . . "about the fourth watch of the night" (Mat.14:25; Mk.6:48), or between three and six in the morning. "Walking on the sea" . . . what Job observed as the unique privilege of God, here is done in the Flesh, by the Man, Jesus . . . the Son of Man. Job 9:8 Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea. (KJV) Pro.30:4 Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell? (KJV)
On the sea . . . NOT "by or at the sea" as in John 21:1, but with Peter on the water and the disciples recognizing the event as a miracle . . . is what is meant here!
And drawing nigh unto the ship . . . although Mark was afraid that He "would have passed by them" (Mk.6:48), meaning that mark was afraid He would; that was not the Lord's intention. He was going to come to them, and save them from perishing, and He did!
And they were afraid . . . What would you have thought? They thought that He was a spirit, some night-time ghost, or demon, in human form (Mat.14:26; Mk.6:49).
John 6:20 But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid. (KJV)
But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid . . . literally meaning "I am." Christ is the self-existent One, the Creator not a creation (Deut.32:39; Isa.43:10; 46:4). Similar statements also appear in (Jn.8:58; 13:19; 18:5).
John 6:21 Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went. (KJV)
Then they willingly received him into the ship . . . when they knew who He was; He was the more than welcome to come aboard, for they were in great distress; and He was able, as they well knew, to help them.
And immediately the ship was at the land whither they went . . . this amazes me! The disciples had been rowing and getting no where! As soon as Jesus stepped into the ship, they were at their destination! Not only did the wind stop, but by the power of the Master, the ship was instantly at the place where they were to go! Personally, I think this was another miracle, although neither John nor Matthew mention it as a miracle. I guess we may presume that the storm had driven the boat close to its destination. I like it being a miracle better!
John 6:22 The day following, when the people which stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was none other boat there, save that one whereinto his disciples were entered, and that Jesus went not with his disciples into the boat, but that his disciples were gone away alone; (KJV)
The day following . . . the day after the miracle of feeding 5000 men with five loaves and two fishes was done: the morning after the disciples' bad voyage.
When the people which stood on the other side of the sea . . . from where the disciples now were, at Capernaum. That is, they stood on the side, or shore, near Bethsaida and Tiberias. After the crowd was dismissed by Christ, they stood all night, waiting for boats to carry them over. Or possibly, knowing that Christ had not gone with His disciples, they stayed, hoping to see Him in the morning.
Saw that there was none other boat there, save that one where into his disciples were entered, and that Jesus went not with his disciples into the boat, but that his disciples were gone away alone . . . since there was only that boat, and Jesus did not go into it, but that the disciples went without Him, they decided that He must be somewhere on shore, and they hoped to find Him in the morning. They were very surprised when they found Him at Capernaum, and did not know how He got there.
Jesus Gives A Discourse On The Bread Of Life . . . John 6:22-71
John 6:23 (Howbeit there came other boats from Tiberias nigh unto the place where they did eat bread, after that the Lord had given thanks:) (KJV)
Howbeit there came other boats from Tiberias . . . a city by the sea side, built by Herod, and called so in honor of Tiberius Caesar; though the Jews give a different story of it. They say, it is the same as Rakkath (Josh.19:35), and that it was a fortified place from the days of Joshua, and that on one side, "the sea was its wall." (Deut.3:17) says, that Tiberias was near the sea of salt: this place became famous for many of the wise men that lived here. There was a famous university, and here the Misna and Jerusalem Talmud were written; and here the Sanhedrin sat, after it moved from Jerusalem.
Nigh unto the place where they did eat bread . . . they were near the place where the day before they had been fed in such a miraculous way. Either Tiberias was near to the place where the miracle was done, or the boats from Tiberias came near that place. These men that were waiting by the sea side, had a chance of going over in these other boats in search of Christ.
After that the Lord had given thanks . . . this clause is added to show, that the multiplication of the bread, and the refreshment the men had by it, were owing only to the power of Christ, and His blessing it; though this is not in Beza's most ancient copy, and in some others.
John 6:24 When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus. (KJV)
When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there . . . at the usual place of getting on a boat; they thought that He was not on that side of the lake, but was gone from there.
Neither his disciples . . . Jesus was not there, nor His disciples. All were gone. There was no reason for them to stay.
They also took shipping, and came to Capernaum seeking Jesus . . . the people "took shipping" . . . as many of them as could get boats to take them to Capernaum. Possibly many others went there on foot, for it is not at all likely that five or six thousand persons could get boats enough to carry them. "Came to Capernaum seeking for Jesus" . . . since they could not find Him in Bethsaida, they would go to the place where He made His home.
John 6:25 And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither? (KJV)
And when they had found him on the other side of the sea . . . they found Him at Capernaum, in the synagogue there (Jn.6:59).
They said unto him, Rabbi . . . or "master", a name much in use with the Jewish doctors, and by which they delighted to be called; and these men being convinced by the miracle, that Christ was "that prophet that should come," honor Him with this title.
When camest thou hither? . . . how did you get here? Jesus does not encourage their curiosity. Since He did not go with His disciples, and there was no other boat that went the night before, except the one in which they went; and they came over in the first that came out that morning, and Jesus did not come in any of them; they were amazed at both when and how He came, since they could not figure out how He should get there by ship, and also how He could possibly so soon get there on foot.
John 6:26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. (KJV)
Jesus answered them and said . . . willing to let them know that He knew them, being the searcher of hearts (Ps.139:1), and to rebuke them. Jesus did NOT tell them that He walked upon the water, and found His disciples in great distress, and delivered them. He was not willing to gratify their curiosity, knowing from what principles, and with what views they sought after Him, and followed Him.
Verily, verily, I say unto you . . . the truths of their hearts were full well known to Christ, and what their own consciences must attest to. God even knows our thoughts (Eze.11:5). Of His awesomeness, there is NO end!
Ye seek me not because ye saw the miracles . . . of feeding so large a number with such a small quantity of food, and of healing them that needed it (Lk.9:11). Not that they did not consider the miracles of Christ, and concluded from them that He must be "that prophet that was to come," and wanted to take Him by force, and proclaiming Him King; but they had a greater value placed on their own worldly interest, and their carnal appetites.
But because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled . . . they were more interested in their own bellies than the honor and glory of Christ, more so even than the good of their immortal souls, and the spiritual and eternal salvation of them. Jesus exposed their selfish motives. But what about us?
There to me, is something to be greatly feared, and that this is the case of far too many who today make a profession of religion, while they have only their own worldly advantages in mind. They really do NOT think of the spiritual and everlasting good of their eternal souls, and the real interest of the one and only Redeemer.
Consider Jesus' following advice.
John 6:27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. (KJV)
Labour not for the meat which perisheth . . . "Labour not” does not mean that we are to make no effort to supply our needs and wants. I think the Bible makes it QUITE clear that we are to work or NOT eat! 2 Thes.3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. (KJV) . . . Personally, I think the food stamp program is ridiculous! Yes, there are people who do need help . . . BUT, NOT well able people who are just too lazy to work!
The honors of this world, and the riches of it are bread of deceit. We are not to labor for that which profit not. "Meat which perishith" is food for our physical body. SO many people today labor for worldly things that they cannot possibly take with them! Temporary things. They never think of eternity. We have eternal souls. Why don't more people think of this life on Earth with that in mind?
But for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life . . . we should think of the blessings of God as we live here in this life. The grace of God is as "meat" to our souls, it gives life, refreshes, strengthens and supports us day by day, causing us to grow spiritually; and this springs up unto everlasting life (Jn.4:14). The Gospel, and the ordinances of it, are by which the saints are nourished up unto everlasting life. It is the Flesh of Christ eaten, in a spiritual sense, by faith, of which Christ mainly speaks in the rest of the chapter. And this is impossible to separate from the blessings of grace: adoption, justification, pardon, regeneration and sanctification.
Which the son of man shall give unto you . . . only Jesus can give everlasting life. It is Christ's gift to all who believe, and is a free grace gift of His grace (Eph.2:8-9). This Gift from Jesus is the "meat which endures unto everlasting life."
Jesus says we must "labor" for it. Many will say that this is a contradiction, because of these verses: Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. (KJV) Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (KJV) . . . We do NOT labor for it by preparing for it or buying it. We labor for it by believing God (1 Jn.5:10-12), asking for it in prayer, by faith in Christ Jesus. The work of God is as follows: John 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. (KJV) . . . THAT is the "work" that God expects us to do! We must believe Jesus is the only Way to eternal life, because that is what the Bible states!
For him hath God the Father sealed . . . Jesus was designated and appointed to be the Saviour of the world by God the Father, and Redeemer of His people. He has sent, authorized, and commissioned Him as such; and has approved of Him, by the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Him, and by a Voice from Heaven three times, declaring Him His beloved Son. He has also confirmed Him to be the Messiah (Christ) by the miraculous works He gave Him to do.
The meat that perisheth . . . is the food for the supply of your natural wants. It perishes. The strength you receive from it is soon gone, and your strength soon needs to be recharged again.
That meat which endureth . . . is the supply of our spiritual wants; that which supports, and nourishes, and strengthens the soul. The doctrines of the Gospel, are to a weak and guilty soul, what physical food is to the weary and decaying body.
To everlastingly life . . . the strength received from the doctrines of the Gospel is never exhausted. It endures without wasting away. It nourishes the soul to everlasting life. Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (KJV)
John 6:28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? (KJV)
Then said they unto him . . . the people misunderstood what our Lord was saying. They thought that they must labor and work, for long-term food, to obtain eternal life by working.
What shall we do that we might work the works of God? . . . they wanted to know what kind of "work" was required of them, to obtain everlasting life. All those who agree to His will, are accepted by Him, and they are well pleasing in His sight. These seemed to be very sincere about their question. If there were any other "works" than what Moses had spoken, or than they had done, they seem to say that they would be glad to do them. This was the general thought of this people . . . they were seeking for righteousness and life, NOT by faith, but by the works of the law.
What shall we do . . . or what should we be doing? This question seems to ask: What kind of lifr should we be living? The people speaking were already works oriented as far as their salvation was concerned.
John 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. (KJV)
Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, . . . there is only ONE "work" that is well pleasing in God's sight . . . and without THIS "work", it is impossible to please Him. Without this one and only "work" . . . NO other work is considered a good work before Almighty God!
That ye believe on him whom he hath sent . . . there are many other works that are well pleasing to God, when they are correctly done, but FAITH is the main work in salvation of souls. The other works are only acceptable when done with faith in Christ. This "work" is purely God's work . . . for it is an act that is exercised under the influence of His divine grace. It is man's part: "that ye believe" in FAITH! Faith is the operation of God, which He Himself works in men by His amazing grace . . . it is NOT of themselves, it is the pure gift of God.
The Object of our faith MUST be Christ, as being sent by the Father, as being the Mediator between God and men, for the Father appointed Him to be the Saviour and Redeemer of ALL mankind. Believing in Christ is believing in God that sent Him. Luke 10:16 He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me. (KJV) . . . EXTREMELY clear!
The Bible reduces all 613 precepts of the law down to this one, "the just shall live by his faith". Hab.2:4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith. (KJV) Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. (KJV)
Isaiah 33:15 He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil; (KJV) . . . Oh! that the crooks in government around the world would consider this!
Isaiah 5:14 Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it. (KJV) . . . Unless they change, THIS is where they all shall go!
Hell: (Isa.5:14; 14:9; 30:33; Ps.49:14; Pro.27:20; Eze.32:18-30; Hab.2:5; Mat.7:13; Rev.20:13-15).
John 6:30 They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work? (KJV)
They said therefore unto him . . . they still have more questions!
What sign showest thou then, that we may see and believe thee? . . . the Jews always wanted signs and wonders. No matter how many Jesus did, they wanted more! These men had recently seen a variety of signs and miracles of Christ, as healing the sick, and feeding five thousand plus, with five loaves, and two fishes. Even though, for the present, these had a little influence on them, and they were ready to believe that He was "that prophet" (Deut.18:15,18); now, there were some of them who begin to indicate, that unless some other, and greater signs were shown, they should not believe in Him as the Messiah. How terribly soon they forgot!
No more signs to an evil and adulterous generation: (Mat.12:38-39; 16:1-4; Mk.8:11-33,38; Lk.11:16,29-30; 12:54-56; Jn.2:18; 4:48; 1 Cor.1:22; Jam.4:4).
What dost thou work? . . . they seem to ask: "What have You done more than others, or Moses?" They make light of the miracle to the 5000, and now demand some greater sign and miracle. Their belief in Him as the Messiah was failing fast! As they were lovers of their bellies, and expected dainties in the times of the Messiah, they seem to move for, and desire miracles of that kind to be wrought; and which sense the following words confirm.
1 Cor. 6:13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. (KJV)
Phil.3:19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) (KJV)
Whose end: (Jud.1:4,13; Mat.25:41,46; Lk.12:45-46; 2 Cor.11:15; 2 Thes.2:8,12; Heb.6:6-8; 2 Pet.2:1,3,17; Rev.19:20; 20:9-10; 21:8; 22:15).
Whose God: (Judg.1:12; Isa.56:10-12; Eze.13:19; 34:3; Mic.3:5,11; Mal.1:12; Phil.2:21; Lk.12:19; 16:19; Rom.16:18; 1 Tim.6:5; 2 Tim.3:4; Tit.1:11-12; 2 Pet.2:13).
Whose glory: (Judg.1:13,16; Ps.52:1; Hos.4:7; Hab.2:15-16; Lk.18:4; 1 Cor.5:2,6; 2 Cor.11:12; Gal.6:13; Jam.4:16; 2 Pet.2:18-19; Rev.18:7).
Who mind earthly things: (Ps.4:6-7; 17:14; Mat.16:23; Rom.8:5-7; 1 Cor.3:3; 2 Pet.2:3).
John 6:31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. (KJV)
Our fathers did eat manna in the wilderness . . . Ex.16:4 Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no. (KJV) . . . Manna was a sort of food prepared by angels in the air, and rained down from there, around the tents of the Israelites. Exodus 16:14 And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground. (KJV) . . . It was a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground; similar to coriander seed, and the color of it was the color of bdellium. Bdellium: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bdellium
As it is written . . . in: (Ex.16:4,15,31,33,35; Num.21:5; Deut..8:3,16; Josh.5:12; Neh.9:15,20; Ps.78:17-25; Jn.6:31-32,49,58; 1 Cor.10:3; Heb.9:4; Rev.2:17). Speaking of manna.
He gave them bread from heaven to eat . . . He gave them . . . God gave them! This was considered a miraculous interference in their behalf, and evidence of the divine mission of Moses . . . so they said that Moses gave it to them.
They were willing to believe that the manna came from Moses, to whom they ascribed it, as it seems from the following words of Christ, Who denies that Moses gave it, adding "from heaven" to set forth the truth of it. "And the children of Israel did eat manna forty years" (Ex.16:35).
John 6:32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. (KJV)
Then Jesus said unto them, verily, verily, I say unto you . . . any time that Jesus says: "verily, verily" . . . He means it is truth, and you may depend on it being so, whether you believe it or not. It means PAY ATTENTION! It is important!
Moses gave you not that bread from heaven . . . "Moses gave you not " . . . without this statement, Jesus' listeners and all those who would read John's record would totally misunderstand the truth of the original giving of the manna as "bread from heaven" sent to represent Christ as the bread of life. Verse 38 makes this quite clear.
Moses did NOT give them that bread from heaven (Ex.16:4). This does NOT mean that Jesus intended to call in question the fact that their fathers were fed by the influence of Moses, but to state that Moses did NOT furnish them with the manna, God did, and Moses did NOT furnish them with the True Bread that was adapted to the wants of the eternal soul. Moses was God's servant in feeding the body with the manna, although his food did NOT keep the body alive (Jn.6:58). Moses, nor anyone else can give that which can preserve the soul from death. That is why that God gave His Son Jesus, the TRUE Bread from Heaven which was fitted to man's eternal soul, and of far more value than ANY supply of their temporal wants! Jesus tells them here, that they are NOT to seek from Moses any such supply of their temporal wants as they had supposed, because a much Better GIFT has been furnished in Christ Jesus (Himself) being given for the life of the world.
But my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven . . .the Father of the Lord Jesus, the Son of Man, has given the TRUE Bread from Heaven! The true bread . . . The true or real Life Support which is needed to keep the soul from eternal death is JESUS! The Truth of the Gospel is NOT false, NOT deceitful and NOT perishing. Christ is called Bread, because, as bread supports life, so His doctrine supports, preserves and saves the soul from death (Jn.3:18,36). He is the true support, not only in opposition to the mere supply of temporal wants such as Moses furnished, but also in opposition to all false religion which deceives and destroys the soul.
BEWARE of false doctrines: . . . http://www.lastdaysprophecy.org/L_D_f_d%20_false_doctrines.htm
He that believeth not: (Mk.16:16; Heb.2:3; 10:29; 12:25; 1 Jn.5:10; Rev.6:16-17; 20:15; 21;8)
Pro 8:35 -36 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD. 36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death. (KJV) . . . Very clear, both in the Old Testament and the New Testament! John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (KJV) Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (KJV) 1 John 5:10-13 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. (KJV) 1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. (KJV) . . . Jesus IS God! And Jesus IS Eternal Life! You CANNOT have eternal life without Jesus! . . . http://www.hisservants.org/is_jesus_god_h_s.htm
John 6:33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. (KJV)
For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven . . . JESUS is the bread of God, which cometh down from heaven! Believe it my friend! He here describes the marks of the TRUE Bread: #1. It comes from heaven; #2. It gives eternal life to the soul and sustains it; #3. It is for the world, NOT just a single race.
And giveth life unto the world . . . everlasting, spiritual life my friend. Only Jesus is the Author, the Supporter and the Maintainer of eternal life! NO one else! NO other religion! Just JESUS!
John 6:34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. (KJV)
Then said they unto him . . . they still understood Him as speaking about physical food for the body.
Lord, evermore give us this bread . . . they are just like the woman at the well (John ch.4), who asked for the water He offered but was thinking of physical water so she would not have to come and draw water at the well anymore. It took Jesus quite a while to change her way of thinking . . . out of that well to the spiritual Water that He offered. And too, here, it takes Him a long time to get these people away from the dinner table and get them to see the spiritual Bread that gives spiritual life to the eternal soul.
John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. (KJV)
And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life. . . they still did not understand that Jesus was talking about Himself, so He simply told them outright, "I am the bread of life." Just as our physical bodies die if they are not fed, so our spiritual life will dry up and be in grave danger without a constant commitment and loyalty to Christ.
Christ is called the Bread of Life because He alone gives life to spiritually dead sinners! People are in a state of being dead in trespasses and sins. It really matters what we feed our soul! Christ Jesus is the only TRUE Bread, which gives life, and that is communicated by the Word, and made effective by the Holy Spirit. And because Christ supports and maintains the life He gives; it is never in the power of a believer to support the spiritual life he has; nor can his soul live on anything except Christ. . . . Death: . . .http://www.hisservants.org/death_then_what_1.htm
He that cometh to me shall never hunger . . . HOW do we come to Jesus? Not just to hear Him being preached in some pulpit; not just to participate in His ordinances: baptism, communion (the Lord's table) . . . BUT . . . Jesus means to BELIEVE on Him, feed on Him daily, have faith in Him. Any person who receives His doctrine, and believes in Jesus as the great atoning Sacrifice, shall be completely and perfectly satisfied, and never more feel misery of mind (Jn.20:31; 1 Jn.5:13). All the guilt of his sins shall be blotted out, and his soul shall be purified and made right before God (1 Cor.1:30; Rom.5:1); and, being enabled to love Him with all his heart (Mat.22:37), he shall rest, completely, supremely and finally happy, in the one and only God of the Universe.
Believing in Jesus: (Jn.1:12-13; 3:15-18;36; 5:24,39-40; 6:40; 8:24; 10:10; Mk.16:16; Acts 4:12; 1 Tim.1:15-16; 1 Pet.1:9; 1 Jn.5:10-13).
Remember sins no more: (Heb.8:12; 10:16-17; Ps.25:7; 65:3; 103:12; Isa.38:17; 43:25; 44:22; Jer.31:34; 33:8; 50:20; Mic.7:18-19; Acts 13:38-39; Rom.11:27; Col.1:14; 1 Jn.1:7-9; Rev.1:5).
And he that believeth on me shall never thirst . . . here, He joins the two together: food and water! Christ Jesus is BOTH our spiritual Food and our Water! He is the "manna," the One Who came down from Heaven and gave His life for the world that we might have life. THAT is the meaning of salvation. He IS eternal life (1 Jn.5:20). Jesus IS the Bread of Life that satisfies our spiritual hunger for eternity, and preserves us from the second death (Hell)! And Jesus IS the Water that quenches our thirst forever! . . . www.hisservants.org/living_water_h_s.htm
He gave Himself for the sins of the world: (Mat.20:28; Mk.10:45; Lk.22:19; Jn.3:16; 10:11,17-18; Rom.4:25; Gal.1:4; 2:20; Eph.5:2; 1 tim.2:6; Tit.2:14; Heb.9:14; 10:9-10; 1 Pet.2:24; 3:18; 1 Jn.2:2; 3:16; Rev.1:5).
John 6:36 But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. (KJV)
But I said unto you . . . refers not only to things said before (Jn.6:26), but to what He was about to say.
That ye also have seen me, and believe not . . . they had seen Him not just in His mere Bodily Presence, but in all the majesty of His life, His teaching and His works . . . and although they SAW Him, and had full proof of His divine mission, yet they did NOT believe. Jesus then continues, that even though they did not believe on Him, His work would not be in vain, for others would come to Him and be saved (Jn.6:64).
John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. (KJV)
All that the Father giveth me . . . those who come to Christ, and who will be saved, are given to Christ by God.
- #1. God promised Him that He would see of the travail of His soul and would be satisfied (Isa.53:11).
- #2. All people are sinners, no one has any claim to mercy. God may give salvation to whom He pleases.
- #3. All people, of themselves, are inclined to reject the Gospel (Jn.5:40).
- #4. God enables those who DO believe to accept it. He draws them to Him by His Word and Spirit. He opens their hearts to understand the Scriptures (Acts 16:14); and He grants to them repentance (Acts 11:18; 2 Tim.2:25).
- #5. All those who become God's children (Jn.1:12-13), may therefore be said to be given to Jesus as the reward of His sufferings, because His death was the price by which they were redeemed. Paul tells us that, "he hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love; having predestinated us unto the adoption of children to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will" (Eph.1:4-5).
Shall come unto me . . . this means that they would believe on Him. "To come to someone" means that we need their help. We place our confidence and trust in that person, knowing he can help us. The sinner comes to Jesus feeling that he is poor, needy and wretched, and casts himself on His mercy, believing that He alone can save him. This also proves that men are not obligated to believe on Christ. Although they who believe are given to Christ, and although His Spirit works in them faith and repentance, NO man is forced to go to Heaven against his will, and NO man is forced to go to Hell against his will. The Spirit of God influences the will of a person, BUT . . . he/she comes freely of their own will. The other, those who refuse to believe, choose the way to eternal death (Hell). Even though God is continually using ways to save him, these people prefer the path that leads to woe (Mat.7:13-14). Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. (KJV) . . . ALL those who are given to Christ in the everlasting covenant of grace, shall, and do in time, come to Christ, and believe in Him to save their souls. This is NOT to be attributed to any power and will in them, but to the power and grace of God. It is NOT said here, that these who are given to Christ have a "power" to come to Him, or "may" come if they will, but that they "shall come to Him"!
And him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out . . . all those who humbly come to Christ in a spiritual manner, and really and truly believe in Him, He not only receives kindly, but keeps and preserves them by His power, and will NOT cast them out, ever . . . or thrust them away from Him into perdition (condemnation and damnation of Hell). Christ will NEVER cast them out of His affections or out of the family of God! NO condemnation: (Jn.5:24; Rom.8:1)
The invitation is wide open and free to "whosoever." It shows the abundant and limitless mercy of God; and too, it shows that the reason, and the only reason, that people are not saved, and that is . . . they will NOT come to Christ. IF a sinner is willing to "come to Christ" . . . he/she CAN come and be saved. It all rests with the individual! IF a person chooses NOT to come to Christ, he CANNOT blame God because God saves ALL who are willing, making them partakers of everlasting life.
Where do you stand on the doctrines of election and free will? There are some people who are totally for free will, while others are completely for election. I will not try to reconcile the two because I don’t think that’s possible.
Election and free will are both in the above verse. “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me” is stating an absolute truth; and that is election. But wait a minute! “And him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” is also true, and “him that cometh to me” is free will. Both these statements are true. God the Father gives us to Christ, BUT we have to come! As I see it, the ones that come to Christ are the ones whom the Father gives to Him. I don’t know how God has election figured, but I do know that He has given you and me a free will and we must use it.
Since we do not know who has been elected, I think we must preach the Gospel to every person, so that ‘whosoever will may come.’ Jesus clearly tells us, “him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” You can argue about election all you want to, but if you want to be saved, you must “come to Jesus.” And if you come to Jesus, He will not cast you out. You are safe and secure in His everlasting Arms! You may ask: “If I’m not the elect can I still come?” IF you come, you are the elect. Jesus came from Heaven to do the Father’s will; and it is the Father’s will that you be born again. BUT . . . you will have to come to Him . . . that is the only way. You must come to Jesus by faith.
Whosoever: (Isa.45:22; Jn.1:12; 3:15-16,36; 6:40,47; 11:25; 12:44-46; 20:31; Mk.16:16; Acts 8:37; 16:30-31; Rom.5:1-2; 10:9-14; Gal.2:16,20; Heb.7:25; 10:39; 1 Jn.5:1,11-13).
John 6:38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. (KJV)
For I came down from heaven . . . Jesus came down from Heaven because "the Son of man must be lifted up." John 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: (KJV) . . . He came to do the Father's will in all things! And my friend, it is the Father's will that you be "born again" into God's family (Jn.3:3-8). But you will have to come to Him, friend; that is the ONLY way. You must believe God and come to the Lord Jesus by faith.
Lifted Him up, crucified Him: (Jn.8:28; 12:32-34; Ps.22:16; Mat.26:54; Lk.18:31-33; 24:26-27,44-46; Acts 2:23; 4:27-28).
Not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me . . . Jesus did NOT come, to act according to any selfish human motives, passions or discrimination; but according to the infinite love, goodness, mercy and wisdom of God the Father. IF Jesus would have acted according to His roots, with Jewish passions and prejudices . . . He would rejected publicans and sinners, and shut the gate of Heaven against ALL Gentiles. BUT . . . God in His mercy receives them. Jesus came to manifest that mercy to mankind!
Our Lord confirms what He had said before concerning His gracious reception of believers, and preserving them by His grace, so that they would NOT be cast out with reprobates in the day of judgment. Jesus came to do the will of His Father, who sent Him into the world. How wonderful it is that the will of God wants you to come to Him.
Jesus came down . . . in a literal and specific event, called the incarnation, and was then present bodily on the Earth, NOT to do His own will, but to do God's will that He be the Saviour of the world! (Jn.3:15-18,36; 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 Jn.5:10-12) This shows the damnable doctrine (2 Pet.2:1) to be false that Jesus was a human sacrifice to appease the Father's wrath. How utterly stupid!
John 6:39 And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. (KJV)
And this is the Father's will which hath sent me . . . the "Father's will" = His reason, His desire, His intention. WHY did Jesus come to Earth? Because it was the Father's will, the Father's plan! Jesus came willingly to carry out His will, and we can be assured that what God's Plan is, shall be done. God's will is always right and just, and Jesus has the power and wisdom to carry it out perfectly. Jesus was always faithful, and always will be, and all power was given to Him in Heaven and on Earth (Mat.28:18), and we can rest assured that He will most certainly complete the will of God. Count on it!
Father's will: (Mat.11:25-27; 18:14; Lk.10:21; 12:32; Jn.6:39-40; 10:27-30; 17:12; 18:9; Rom.8:28-39; 9:11,16; Eph.1:5-9,11; 2:8; Phil.2:13; 2 Thes.1:11; 2 Tim.1:9; 2:19; 1 Pet.1:3-5).
That of all which he hath given me, I should lose nothing . . . "of all which" . . . every single one who believes on Him (Jn.6:37); all the elect which were given to Christ by His Father. "I should lose nothing" . . . . literally means, "I shall not allow their destruction." He confirms here that He shall keep it to eternal life. NO child of God shall be condemned and cast into Hell! (Jn.3:15-16; 5:24).
Even though God's children will probably die physically, and their body return to corruption of the grave (Job 19:26), His soul will NOT be destroyed. The Redeemer will watch over him, though in his grave, and keep him to the resurrection of the just. This is affirmed of all who are given to Christ Jesus by the Father; or, as in the next verse, "Every one that believeth on him shall have everlasting life."
Job 19:25-27 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:
27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me. (KJV)
Psalm 17:15 As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness. (KJV)
What is yet to come for TRUE believers: (Ps.16:11; 17:15; 36:8-9; 63:5; 65:4; Isa.55:1-2; Jer.31:12-14; Zec.9:17; Mat.5:6; Jn.7:37; Rev.7:16-17; 21:3-4,23).
But should raise it up again at the last day . . . their bodies, being given to Christ, and redeemed by His precious Blood (1 Pet.1:18-19), as well as their souls, shall be by the Master, raised up at the last day! "At the last day" . . . on Judgment Day! The Jews thought that the righteous would be raised up at the appearing of the Messiah, but here, Jesus directs them to a resurrection in the future. He firmly declares to them that they shall be raised at the last day!
It is also thought by some Jewish writers that they did not believe that the wicked would be raised. This opposes what the Bible states:
Daniel 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. (KJV)
Mat.25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. (KJV)
John 5:29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. (KJV)
Acts 24:15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust. (KJV)
Revelation 20:5-6 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. (KJV) . . . The wicked dead SHALL be raised!
NO one is "predestined" to Hell! Romans 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. (KJV) . . . "Predestination" applies ONLY to the saved. It means just exactly what Jesus is saying here. When a person believes God (1 Jn.5:10-12), and accepts Christ as Saviour and Lord, he is justified (Rom.5:1) . . . and when he is justified, he is going to be glorified (Rom.8:30). When Jesus starts out with 100 sheep, He shall come through with 100 sheep. He will not lose any! That is what this means. Everyone who believes and receives Christ has everlasting life and will be raised up again at the last day.
Once Saved, Always saved:http://www.hisservants.org/OSAS_1_eternal_security_h_s.htm
Justified: (Rom.1:17; 3:22,26-28,30; 4:5,24-25; 5:1,9,18; 9:30; 10:10; Jn.3:16-18; 5:24; Acts 13:38-39; Gal.2:16; 3:11-14,25; 5:4-6; Phil.3:9; Jam.2:23-26)
Raise it up the last day: (Jn.5:28;6:39-40,44,54; 11:24-26; 12:48; Rom.8:11; Phil.3:20-21).
John 6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. (KJV)
And this is the will of him that sent me . . . the will of My Father Who sent Me. Jesus clearly tells us God's will as revealed in the Gospel. The sons of men must be made acquainted with it, or they are in trouble.
That everyone which seeth the Son, and believeth on him . . . this means that whosoever sees Him as to BELIEVE in Him. This is not to be understood of a bodily sight of Christ, for we today do NOT literally SEE Him in the Body. Today we SEE Him with our heart. Nor does it mean a mere indefinite knowledge of Him, or historical faith in Him.
It was not enough for them to see Him back then, for they had to BELIEVE What and Who He was, the Son of God, the Messiah and Saviour of the world! That has NOT changed! Those people then, and us today as well, must have faith that Jesus IS Who He says He is, and can and will do what He says He will do! Only a "few" believed then and that too has not changed in today's world! Jesus says that we must SEE Him for Who He is, and believe on Him that He can save us!
People are by nature blind, they shut their to all that is spiritually good. Only the Spirit of God that can open blind eyes, and illuminate their understanding. Only when we then see, in His light, our sin, our lack of righteousness, our lost state and condition, can we ever SEE Christ in His beauty, glory and Excellency . . . and His ability and willingness to save us, and the fullness of His grace. Only through Jesus can we ever have righteousness, peace, pardon, cleansing, wisdom, strength, grace, eternal life, and salvation from Hell. IF we decide to reject Jesus, we reject all the goodness of God the Father! BEWARE!!!
May have everlasting life . . . those who put their faith in Christ will be resurrected from physical death to eternal life with God in Heaven. With Christ there is NO secret declaration of election. The will of the Father applies to ALL who believe on the Son. The condition of eternal life is faith in Christ; that makes Him the Lord of your heart and soul. Christ hath brought to light immortality. He is the “Resurrection and the Life.” God's TRUE children shall be resurrected (1 Cor.15:52-57; 1 Thes.4:16). John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: (KJV)
And I will raise him up at the last day . . . there are conditions to being raised up to everlasting life! I have strived to point them out to you. ALL people shall be resurrected one day, but NOT all people go the Heaven as some heretics teach. http://www.worldlychaos.org/w_c_false_doctrines_universalism.1.htm
Being raised to eternal life is ONLY for those who see Christ Jesus spiritually and believe on Him.
Everlasting life: (Jn.3:3-5,15-16,36; 5:24; 6:50; 10:10; 11:25-26; 1 Jn.5:12).
It was NOT enough to see Him and hear Him! It was also absolutely necessary, to believe on him. A literal multitude of the Jews had seen Him, but very FEW believed on Him. Jesus had said in the previous verse that all that the Father had given him would be saved. But, our precious Saviour and Lord NEVER left a doctrine (teaching) incomplete, with a chance that anyone would misunderstand it. In case they should get a wrong meaning out of His Words, as many have done then and now, it was the will of God that every one who SEE Jesus might believe and be saved. They could NOT believe, without the power, which He freely gave them; but the decision to use that power was their own! The amazing grace of God gives the blessings of repentance and faith to every person . . . but God neither repents nor believes for any person. Each individual must repent for his own sins, and believe in the Lord Jesus, through the grace given to them . . . or perish. Believing on Jesus is evidence that the person was given to Him by God, and also would be evidence that the person would be saved.
ALL the doctrines of Jesus, as HE preached them, are always consistent, right, pure and safe . . . whereas when some men get hold of them, turn them into damnable falsehoods (Mat.15:9; 2 Pet.2:1) that oppose the very Words of Christ Jesus, and are inconsistent and NOT in agreement with the Master!
John 6:41 The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven. (KJV)
The Jews then murmured at him . . . the Jews were prone to the sin of murmuring, which is a complaining either through resentment, or anger of what they heard or seen done. What offended them here, seemed not to be His calling Himself the true bread, and the bread of life; but because He said, that He came down from Heaven. They had no desire to hear this:
- #1. Because they were disappointed that it was not food for the body that they expected,
- #2. They knew what He was saying, and they considered it blasphemy (Jn.5:19).
Our Lord NEVER took back His claim of being the Father's Son no matter how hostile His opponents were. Here, they say that He says that He (the Bread of Life) came down from Heaven! Again the Jews murmur! Jesus was always adding fuel to the fires of hatred and hostility of the Pharisees! The whole of this discourse was to prove that He was infinitely greater than Moses, which the Jews greatly resented; and that He alone could give present peace and eternal glory to men.
Murmuring: . . . http://www.hisservants.org/israel%27s_ten_failures_h_s.htm
Because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven . . . until now, Jesus had not said this in so many words, and in this direct and outright form, as He does afterwards (Jn.6:51), although He had said what amounted to it, in verses 35 and 38. The next verse, 42, shows what they were thinking. In the Exodus story, the people apparently did not see manna coming down. They just found it. So was the incarnation of Christ Jesus.
John 6:42 And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven? (KJV)
And they said, is not this Jesus the son of Joseph? . . . now they go from murmuring to mocking and scoffing at His parentage and descent from Heaven. They intend to rebuke Him with the commonness of His birth, being the son of Joseph, a poor carpenter. They thought that it was great arrogance for Him to claim to be from Heaven, and to attribute any such things to Himself . . . #1. that He was the Bread from God, #2. that He was the Bread of life, and #3. that He came from heaven.
What utter boldness this "Nobody" had, they thought. They immediately asked, "Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph?" They thought they knew His father and His mother, but He is NOT the literal son of the man, Joseph. He (Jesus) DID come down from Heaven. Millions today still think Jesus is a "Nobody." One day they shall find out He indeed IS a SOMEBODY when they stand in horror before the great Judge Jesus!
Whose father and mother we know? . . . Capernaum and Nazareth were not a great distance apart. Joseph and Mary might have been personally known by the inhabitants of Capernaum, and they might be acquainted with them.
How is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven? . . . Jesus taught that He was God and that He came down from Heaven. I really think that in verses 38 through 42, that He is teaching His virgin birth. There are those who say the Lord Jesus never taught that He was virgin born. If you believe that, WHAT do you think He is saying here? I think that the Jews understood perfectly well what He was saying. They asked how this could be when they knew His father and His mother.
HOW could it be? It was prophesied by Isaiah! Isa. 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (KJV) Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. (KJV) . . . The Jews had the Scriptures! They KNEW that He was coming!
Jesus is speaking of the virgin birth. As the angel told Mary, it was the Holy Spirit who conceived that "holy thing" in Mary (Lk.1:35). This section, beginning with verse 38, corresponds with that of the virgin birth.
The only begotten of the Father: (Jn.1:14,18; 3:16-18; Rom.8:32; Heb.11:17; 1 Jn.4:9).
John 6:43 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. (KJV)
Jesus therefore answered and said unto them . . . did Jesus overhear what they said, or did He know, being God, their secret murmurs, and private complains among themselves? He tells them:
Murmur not among yourselves . . . the Jews were offended. How could HE, a mere man, possibly be the bread which came down from heaven? How could Jesus, the son of Joseph and Mary . . . people these Jews knew, come from heaven?
John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. (KJV)
That is Divine election. Again, I cannot explain it. I just know that you have a free will and you can use it. You can come unto Jesus or not come. It’s up to you.
No man can come to me . . . without divine revelation and divine drawing, a man CANNOT comprehend Jesus' heavenly origin, His being divine, His being God. Only when this happens, can anyone come to believe in Jesus.
I know, I know . . . I hear the murmuring! HOW does a person receive this divine revelation and divine drawing? By the third Person of our awesome triune God, the Holy Spirit! He NEVER stops working in this world. He points to Jesus, and leads a person to Jesus. Any time you feel a 'nudge' that you cannot explain, it is the Holy Spirit trying to get you to look to Jesus! But, my friend, He will strive for just so long, then turn away from you because you have rejected His attempts for too long. BEWARE!!! Do not let this happen to you! The Father is trying to "draw" you through His Spirit, to Him. PLEASE do NOT push Him away!
We cannot "come to Christ" bodily. We must do it spiritually, by FAITH! Again I say, let the Holy Spirit work in your life. Faith is a "fruit of the Spirit" (Gal.5:22). If we quench the Spirit (1 Thes.5:19), the wonderful fruit of faith will NOT be produced in us. And without faith in Jesus, we shall be condemned to an everlasting Hell (Jn.3:18,36; 8:24; 12:47-48; Mat. 25:41,46; Mk.16:16; 2 Thes.1:8-9; 2:12; Heb.2:3; 12:25,27,29; 1 Jn.5:10; Rev.20:15; 21:8).
ALL mankind is in a state of being blind and deaf, walking in the darkness of the devil. They see NO need to come to Christ, see NOTHING worth coming to Him for. They are prejudiced against Him, and their hearts are set on other things . . . the here and now! Since coming to Christ and believing in Christ is the same thing, it is certain that faith is not from man's self, it is the gift of God, and the action of His Spirit; and therefore the grace of God (Eph.2:8-9) must be exerted to enable a soul to come to Christ; which is expressed in the following words,
Except the Father which hath sent me, draw him. . . "Murmur not among yourselves" . . . they objected to His doctrine, or murmured against it, because He claimed to be greater than Moses, and because they considered Him to be a mere man . . . what He said was impossible to the Jews. Jesus does not deny that these things seemed to be difficult, and so He said that if any man believed, it was proof that God had drawn him. If any man believed, it would be because he had been influenced by God. WHY didn't they believe? WHY won't people believe today?
- #1. They thought NO one could be superior to Moses.
- #2. They were not willing to believe that Jesus, whom they knew to be the son of a poor carpenter, could ever be superior to Moses.
- #3. The problem was their mistaken opinions, pride, stubbornness, self-conceit, and a deep-felt contempt for Jesus.
And I will raise him at the last day . . . see verse 40.
John 6:45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. (KJV)
It is written in the prophets . . . in the prophets (Isa.54:13; Jer.31:34; Mic.4:1-4).
And they shall be all taught of God . . . God teaches a man, by His Holy Spirit, to know himself in that he has a need of salvation, that he himself cannot provide on his own . . . so, he must lay hold on the hope which his heavenly Father has set before him in the Gospel. God draws men by His love, and reveals to them what His love has done for them. Fear drives away, but love attracts. Those who preach the terrors of the law, and represent God as a vindictive judge, will never bring sinners to Him. People are afraid of this terrible God . . . but they love this wonderful God, who so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (Jn.3:16).
Taught of God: (Isa.2:3; 11:9; 54:13; Ps.25:8-12; 71:17; Jer.31:34; Mic.4:2; Mat.11:25-29; 16:17; Lk.10:21;22; 24:45; Jn.6:45; 14:26; 1 Cor.2:10; Eph.4:21; 1 Thes.4:9; Heb.8:10; 1 Jn.2:27).
Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me . . . Jesus stresses the importance of not just hearing, but listening and learning. We are taught by God through the Bible, our experiences, the thoughts the Holy Spirit brings, and relationships with other Christians. Are you open to God's teaching? To hear, does NOT mean just the act of hearing, BUT . . . to receive it in a proper manner; to allow it to make its proper impression on the mind and heart. To "hear" means to OBEY. The word hear is often used in this way (Mat.11:15; Jn.8:47; Acts 3:23). Millions outwardly HEAR the Gospel, but they neither understand it OR obey it, because they have NO desire to do so.
Everyone that has heard the Voice of the Father's love, grace and mercy in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and has learned of Him the way of peace, life and salvation by Christ, are under the influence of His amazing grace . . . these come to Christ; being encouraged by the statements and promises of grace he has heard and learned, and trusts his soul to Christ, and commits it to Him; trusting and relying on Christ Jesus: His Person, His Blood, His Righteousness and His Sacrifice, for their justification, pardon, atonement, acceptance with God and eternal life.
John 6:46 Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father. (KJV)
Not that any man hath seen the Father. . . (Jn.5:37). I think that Jesus added this, to make sure there is NO mistake. He had said that all who came to Him were taught of God . . . and the teacher was usually seen and heard by the pupil . . . but, Jesus did NOT mean that for a person to come to Him, he must see and hear God the Father, visibly and audibly. God teaches by His Spirit, His Word (Bible), and by good teachers. It was true that no man had ever seen God at any time. They were not to expect to see God, and the Words of Jesus were not to be distorted as if He meant to teach that.
No man has seen God the Father: (Jn.1:18; 5:37; 1 Jn.4:12).
John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (KJV) . . . No one but Jesus can SEE God the Father because He is a Spirit! We are "taught of Him" by His Spirit that dwells within us (Jn.14:17; Rom.8-14; 1 Cor.3:16; 2 Tim.1:14; Eph.2:22; 1 Jn.4:12-16).
Save he which is of God . . . meaning ONLY Jesus, Who is begotten of the Father, because He has the same nature and perfections as the Father, although a separate Person from the Father, and Who was always with Him, and which is in the bosom of the Father (Jn.1:18). Again, Jesus refers to Himself as the Son of God. He had just said that no man had seen the Father. When Jesus states that HE has seen the Father, it implies that He is much MORE than man. He is the only-begotten Son (Jn.3:16,18), who is in the bosom of the Father (Jn.1:18), the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person (Heb.1:3), He is God over all, blessed for ever (Rev.9:5). By His being of God is meant that He is the only-begotten Son of God, and was sent as the Messiah into the world.
He hath seen the Father . . . only Jesus has perfect knowledge of the Father; personal fellowship with Him; has seen the perfections and glory of His Person, and seen the thoughts, purposes, and counsels of His heart, His mind and His will . . . with all the love, grace, goodness and mercy that is within Him. Only Jesus has intimately known or completely understood Him. Jesus knows in depth the Father's nature, character and plans. This is a claim to knowledge FAR superior to what any man possesses, and it cannot be understood, except by admitting that Jesus is equal with God.
John 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. (KJV)
Verily, verily, I say unto you . . . again . . . these words! Any time that Jesus speaks these words, it is very wise to pay close attention, because it is VERY important! Jesus is the Amen, the true and faithful witness (Rev.3:14).
John is the only evangelist who uses the double: Verily, verily. He uses it 25 times. Matthew, Mark and Luke use just the single Verily: Matthew 30 times, Mark 15 times and Luke 8 times. Whether it is single or double, it is highly important! When Jesus says "Verily" . . . pay attention!
He that believeth on me hath everlasting life . . . "believe" here means "continue to believe." We do NOT believe just once; we must keep on believing in and trusting Jesus. Believing is something that does not stop! BEWARE!!! The words "on me" are omitted in the NIV. Beware of these modern bibles! They are very deceiving!
Modern bibles: http://www.worldlychaos.org/w_c_1_bibles_corrupt1.htm
Not only may we have everlasting life, as in (Jn. 3:15-16; 6:40), when a person has faith in Jesus to save them, they already HAVE everlasting life, NOW (Jn.3:36; 5:24; 6:47; 1 Jn.5:12-13)! If you have Jesus, you have God's grace resting on you, you have hope (Tit.1:2); you have the earnest (down payment) of the Holy Spirit (2 Cor.1:22; 5:5; Eph.1:14). We can look forward to our home in Heaven! 1 Pet.1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (KJV)
Since Christ took on our flesh, we may receive His spiritual life when we BELIEVE on Him! Even though we may die physically and sleep in the dust, we begin eternal life the moment when we accept Christ (Jn.3:15-16; 6:50; 8:51; 10:10; 1 Jn.5:12).
John 6:48 I am that bread of life. (KJV)
I am that bread of life . . . the doctrines of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the benefits of Jesus' intercession are the actual support of our spiritual life . . . of which the manna in the wilderness was just a faint symbol (Jn.6:32-33).
John 6:49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. (KJV)
Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness . . . this was indeed a great miracle done by God on their behalf . . . the Jews were in the wilderness for 40 years! For 40 years, God fed them with manna from Heaven!
- #1. The most valuable of God's gifts are NOT those which merely satisfies the temporal wants.
- #2. The greatest temporal blessings will NOT save from eternal death.
- #3. Wealth, Food, friends, clothing and great worldly wealth, will NOT give eternal life in Heaven.
- #4. There is need of something to fill the God-shaped void within each person, that earthly things cannot fill.
- #5. There is a need of that Bread which cometh down from Heaven, and which gives life to the world.
And are dead . . . the manna did support them in life, but could not preserve them from a physical death, and not at all from an eternal one: for some of them not only died the first, but also the second death. Zec.1:5 Your fathers, where are they? and the prophets, do they live for ever? (KJV)
John 6:50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. (KJV)
This is the bread which cometh down from heaven . . . Jesus is still speaking of Himself, namely, that of which He had already spoken (Jn.6:32-33,35,48).
That a man may eat thereof, and not die . . . the heavenly Bread (JESUS) is soul quickening, soul strengthening and soul satisfying food. There is NO spiritual want of the soul while eating this Bread! His people continue under the power of it, and shall rise again to everlasting life. By eating this Bread, they are secured from a spiritual and eternal death. He that lives and believes in Christ, the Resurrection, and the Life, shall NEVER die . . . meaning these are secure from an eternal death, for on them the second death shall have no power, nor shall they ever be hurt by it. Rev.2:11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death. (KJV) Rev.20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. (KJV)
Different deaths: http://www.hisservants.org/death_then_what_1.htm
John 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. (KJV)
I am the living bread which came down from heaven . . . He is repeating what is said in (Jn.6:33,35,48), which is true of Christ, because He has life in Him; and is the Author and Giver of life to others; and is a heavenly original, and came from Heaven to give life to men: and such is the virtue of this living and heavenly bread, that Jesus IS Life: (Jn.1:4; 5:21,25-29; 6:33,57,68; 8:51; 10:28; 11:25-26; 14:6,19; 17:2-3; Acts 3:15; Rom.5:21; 1 Cor.15:45; Col.3:4; 1 Jn.1:1-2; 5:10-13; Rev.22:1,17).
If any man eat of this bread he shall live for ever . . . NOT speaking of a physical life, but a spiritual life . . . a life of sanctification, which is begun with faith in Christ, and will be perfected in the hereafter . . . a life in the glory of Heaven, which will never end.
And the bread that I will give is my flesh . . . by bread he not only meant His doctrine, but His flesh, His human nature; although not apart from His deity, but in union with it. Most people today will NOT take the time to “feed on Christ.” True, it does take time to read, study and meditate on God’s Word; it does take time to communicate with God in sincere prayer, it does take time to have a close fellowship with Him, and it does take time to “feed” upon the “Living Bread.” But the more time we spend on our relationship with the Lord, the sweeter He becomes to our taste. Christ Jesus came down to this Earth: “the Word was made flesh” (John 1:14). He came to the cross to lay down His human life there as a Sacrifice to pay for your sins and my sins. Friend, when you believe and accept this FACT, you are saved.
Which I will give for the life of the world . . . Jesus gave His life for the life of the world! WHY? So that sinners might, by His atoning Sacrifice, be removed from the spiritual death list, and be brought to eternal life. In this verse Jesus introduces the subject of His death and atonement. The use of the word world here shows that the Sacrifice of Christ was complete, free, abundantly sufficient and intended for ALL people! 1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (KJV)
See hard verses: . . . http://www.hisservants.org/hard_john.6.47-58_h_s.htm
John 6:52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? (KJV)
The Jews therefore strove among themselves . . . there was quibbling and disputing one with another . . . some understanding Christ, while most did not. Some being for Him, and justifying what He said; but the majority dead set against Him.
Saying how can this man give us his flesh to eat? . . . How can this be? (Jn.3:9), just like Nicodemus! They still do NOT understand spiritual things in a carnal sense. They just could NOT imagine that Christ spoke of giving them His Flesh to eat, like people eat the flesh of oxen or sheep. They simply were thinking of His literal Flesh, and could not think otherwise. Jesus meant the spiritual eating of His Flesh by faith which they could not understand.
John 6:53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. (KJV)
Then Jesus said unto them . . . to the Jews, who were litigating this point among themselves.
Verily verily, I say unto you . . . any time that Jesus speaks these words, it is very wise to pay close attention, because it is VERY important! Jesus is the Amen, the true and faithful witness (Rev.3:14), of God the Father. You may rest assured, that what follows is Truth!
Except ye eat the flesh of the son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you . . . "the son of man" is Christ Himself. Over 80 times in the New Testament, Jesus calls Himself the "Son of man." Except ye eat the flesh of the son of man, and drink his blood . . . the words mean a SPIRITUAL eating of Christ by faith. To eat the flesh, and drink the blood of Christ, is to believe that Christ Jesus is come in the flesh, and is truly and really man; that His flesh is given for the life of His people, and that His Blood was shed for their sins. It is to partake of Jesus, and enjoy the numerous blessings of grace that we obtain by Him, such as redemption, pardon, peace, justification and when we feed upon Him . . . we grow in grace, and in the knowledge of Him. This "feeding" is to be done daily, repeated just as our physical food is, otherwise persons have NO spiritual life in them. Without this feeding on Him, there is only our feeding on earth's sinful pleasures, for only those that believe in Christ are healthy living souls. Without Christ there is nothing to support life; everything else that a man feeds on ends with eternal death. Only when we spiritually eat Christ, and spiritually drink His Blood, can we ever maintain and preserve our spiritual life. Without Christ Jesus, NO one can ever expect or hope for eternal life in Heaven with Him!
The acts of eating and drinking do NOT give the right to eternal life. It is the Flesh, Blood and Righteousness of Christ (1 Cor.1:30), which faith lays hold of eternal life! It is faith in Christ Jesus when we feed upon Him; and it is by faith the right to eternal life is claimed. Between faith in Jesus and eternal life, there is an inseparable connection. Always remember: we honor and remember Christ Jesus when we participate in the Lord's Supper (1 Cor.11:26).
John 6:54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. (KJV)
Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood . . . SPIRITUALLY by faith, as explained in the preceding verse.
Hath eternal life . . . hath = HAS! If you have believed God and trusted Christ Jesus to save you . . . you HAVE eternal life NOW! When you die, you shall go immediately into the Presence of God! (2 Cor.5:8). His angels shall carry you (Lk.16:22) through the air which is controlled by the devil (Eph.2:2).
Feeding on Christ Jesus is a durable and lasting belief; the amazing grace of God is an incorruptible seed; every part of it is abiding and permanent; and this grace is itself the beginning, the Promise, and the earnest (down payment) of everlasting life. When you have Jesus, you have eternal life, with Christ as the Head.
And I will raise him up at the last day . . . see verses 39 and 40.
John 6:55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. (KJV)
For my flesh is meat indeed . . . NOT physically! His Flesh is "meat" (food) for our soul!
And my blood is drink indeed . . . it is the same with His precious Blood. . . it is NOT drink to us for our body! His Blood is drink for our soul! Jesus' Flesh and Blood are the only "true" meat and drink that can sustain and preserve our soul! This Food means the reality, substance and solidness of that spiritual food that all believers have in Christ, in opposition to the imaginary food of sensual sinners, who feed on ashes and bread of deceit (Pro.20:17). Pro 4:17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence. (KJV) . . . Quite a difference on what believers in Christ and rejecters of Christ feed their soul!
John 6:56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. (KJV)
He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood. . . see verse 53.
Dwelleth in me, and I in him . . . there is a unified indwelling of Christ and believers. Christ is the Dwelling Place for His people. God's elect before acceptance of Christ, are under the law and justice of God. God's Spirit convinces them of this and directs and urges them to flee to Christ, as a place of refuge from the wrath of God. We find Him to be a stronghold, a place of defense, and a proper dwelling place, where make up our mind to abide in Him. Only there can we dwell safely, peaceably, comfortably and joyfully, knowing we shall never be turned out into the darkness we once knew. We too are the dwelling place of Christ; he dwells in our hearts . . . and by faith; which is here expressed by eating His Flesh, and drinking His Blood. He dwells in believers, not the way that He dwells in the world, by His omnipresence and power; but by His Spirit within us because of our faith, by which we have fellowship with Him, and what will continue for ever.
Dwelleth in me, and I in him . . . Compare this with John 15:4-5. John 15:4-5 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. (KJV)
1 Jn. 4:13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. (KJV)
Dwell within us: (Jn.14:20-26; 15:1-7; Rom.8:9-17; 1 Cor.2:12; 3:16-17; 6:9; Gal.5:22-25; 4:6; Eph.2:20-22; 3:17; 1 Jn.3:24; 4:15-16). There is a close bond in the miracle of Grace.
Only JESUS can keep you from the Wrath of God: (Ps.2:12; Jn.3:36; Rom.1:18; Gal.3:10; Eph.5:6; 1 Thes.1:10; 5:9; Heb.2:3; 10:29; Rev.3:10; 6:16-17).
1 Thes.5:9-10 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. (KJV) . . . Always trust Jesus!
John 6:57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. (KJV)
As the living Father hath sent me . . . WHY did the Father send Jesus? To reveal Who He was, and communicate His own life to the world. "Living Father" . . . God is often called the living God, not only because He has life in Himself, but because He is the fountain of life to all His creatures. Christ here states that His Father is the living Father and my friend, that means He is the Author and Fountain of all life.
And I live by the Father . . . some translate it for the Father. It seems Christ is giving His hearers an account of how He came to be Living Bread; and to be capable of giving life to the world (Jn.3:15-16). Jesus says "I live by the Father," who in eternity past had communicated to Him all the life which is in Him; and had also communicated to Him a quickening power, as He is the Mediator (1 Tim.2:5), and was sent by the Father into the world (Jn.3:17), to be Saviour of the world (1 Jn.4:14).
So he that eateth me, even he shall live by me . . . Jesus has life in Himself from the "Living Father." So, he that eateth me, meaning by a TRUE faith believes and receives Him, and has fellowship with Him . . . He as Mediator, Redeemer and Saviour, has the power to make them children of God (Jn.1:12-13), and he shall live by me both spiritually and eternally. 1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. (KJV) . . . What an awesome privilege we have when we trust and believe in Jesus!
The Father hath life: (Ex.3:14; Ps.36:9; 90:2; Jer.10:10; Acts 17:25; 1 Tim.1:17; 6:16).
So hath the Son: (Jn.1:4; 4:10; 7:37-38; 8:51; 11:26; 14:6,19; 17:2-3; 1 Cor.15:45; Col.3:3-4; 1 Jn.1:1-3. Rev.7:17; 21:1; 22:17).
John 6:58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. (KJV)
This is that bread which came down from heaven. . . Jesus does not add any more information here than He has already given in verses 47 to 51. From the whole of this discourse it is as clear as unpolluted water, that the justification of the soul (Rom.3:24; 5:1,9; Gal.2:16; 3:11-14; Tit.3:3-5), depends upon our believing God, and the spiritual life of the soul flows NOT from love or obedience to the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ.
That true bread, the bread of God, the bread of life, living bread; meaning Himself: (Jn.6:32,33,35,48,50,51,58).
Seven times men are promised everlasting life if they meet God's conditions: ( Jn.6:27,40,47,50,51,54,58).
Not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead . . . this Bread (Jesus) is quite different from the manna from heaven in the wilderness. John 6:49-50 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. (KJV)
He that eateth of this bread shall live for ever . . . see verse 51. Verse 58 summarizes Jesus' discourse on the Bread of Life.
John 6:59 These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum. (KJV)
These things said he in the synagogue . . . openly and publicly, in the place of worship, where the Jews went for that purpose.
As he taught in Capernaum . . . his own city, and where there was a synagogue, into which He often went and taught His doctrines, and did miracles (Mat.8:5,14; 9:1-2; 12:9).
John 6:60 Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? (KJV)
Many therefore of his disciples . . . a disciple is a learner. It was applied to the followers of Christ because they were taught by Him. It does not mean that those to whom He was teaching were true Christians, but simply that they were under His teaching (Mat.17:16; Mk.2:18; Jn.9:28; Mat.10:24), and were professed 'disciples' in His school. It seems that it is used in this sense here, but "disciples" is often applied to those who are TRUE Christians.
When they had heard this . . . that His Flesh and Blood were meat and drink, and that none had life in them, or could have eternal life, except that they eat and drink the same.
Said, this is an hard saying . . . the word hard here means offensive, disagreeable, something that they could not bear. Some understand it to mean "hard to be understood," which it is if taken in a carnal sense. The doctrine which He delivered was opposed to their narrow-mindedness, and it seemed ridiculous, so they rejected it . . . like millions of people today!
Who can hear it? . . . meaning who can stay and listen to such doctrine or believe it? The effect of this is clearly stated in John 6:66. The doctrines which Jesus taught that were so offensive seem to have been:
- #1. He was superior to Moses.
- #2. God would save all that he had chosen, but only those.
- #3. He was the Bread that came from Heaven.
- #4. It was a must to partake of that Bread to have everlasting life.
Today it is the same! These doctrines that Jesus taught have always been among the most offensive that men have been called on to believe, and many, rather than trust in them, have chosen to draw back to perdition. Who can believe such a doctrine as this? It is intolerable and impractical. That is the comment of millions. They resent the idea that Jesus is the ONLY Way to Heaven! Me, I will believe God! I have opened my heart's door to Jesus and I trust Him completely with my entire being!
John 6:61 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? (KJV)
When Jesus knew in himself . . . being omniscient, Jesus knows all things of Himself, without any help from others, or hearing what was said.
That his disciples murmured at it . . . at the doctrine He had delivered, seeing it as absurd, ludicrous, and contrary to common sense and reason.
He said unto them, does this offend you? . . . does this trouble you? Can't you understand it? Can't you reconcile this to your minds?
John 6:62 What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? (KJV)
What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? . . . this is actually a prophecy spoken by the Lord Jesus, which is fulfilled in Lk.24:51 and Acts 1:11. Ascend up where he was before? . . . Our Saviour Jesus, although He appeared then in the form and shape of a man, was indeed the Son of man, and He was indeed also God, the eternal Son of God! Here He plainly states that He was in Heaven with the Father, before He came to Earth as the Son of Man. It is very possible that some of them did see His ascension to Heaven with their bodily eyes; for He was in Galilee when He ascended, and Capernaum was a city of that province.
John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. (KJV)
It is the Spirit that quickeneth . . . much of His discourse was about "flesh" . . . but mere flesh, could profit nothing, much less impart that life which the Holy Spirit alone communicates to the soul.
The flesh profiteth nothing . . . the flesh is carnal views and desires, Jesus shows them that He did not intend that His words should be taken literally. Profiteth nothing . . . would not benefit the real and deep down wants of man. Could NOT be of any advantage to eternal life; nor is any other flesh, literally understood, profitable of itself for life; for man lives not by bread, or meat, or flesh alone, but by the word and blessing of God upon it. Mat.4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (KJV) . . . (Deut.8:3; Lk.4:4).
The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life . . . the main confusion point of the discourse is "spirit" not mere flesh. It is also "life" in its highest, not its lowest sense, and the words Jesus uses are to be interpreted only in that way. The doctrines which Christ had been speaking about Himself, His flesh and His Blood, when spiritually understood, are the only way of putting life into souls. The Gospel, and its Truths are the wise words of our Lord Jesus Christ, are the only way of conveying the Spirit of God, as a Spirit of enlightenment and sanctification, into the hearts of men, and of quickening sinners dead in trespasses and sins. The Gospel is the Spirit that gives life, and is the delight of life, when it comes not in word only, but with the power of the Holy Ghost, and the power of divine grace.
It is the Holy Spirit that quickens the spirit of man, which being breathed into him, he becomes a living soul. The body, without the spirit, is dead (Jam.2:26). It is the Spirit of God that quickens dead sinners, by entering into them as the spirit of life, and causing them to live, and it is spiritual eating, or eating the flesh, and drinking the blood of Christ in a spiritual sense, which quickens, refreshes, and comforts the minds of believers; and on which they live, and by which their spiritual strength is renewed.
John 6:64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. (KJV)
But there are some of you that believe not. . . it did not matter to them in what sense Jesus spoke to them, for they simply would NOT believe! He tells them that the Spirit quickeneth, but it does NOT quicken all . . . only those with TRUE faith in Him. The majority there . . . and NOW . . . do NOT understand these things, but have most disgusting notions of inspiring spiritual things . . . the reason "you believe not." Even though faith is an inward, secret act of the soul, yet Jesus knew, from the beginning, who the TRUE believers were, and who were not!
For Jesus knew from the beginning . . . of his ministry, and of their profession of Him, for He was God omniscient, and the searcher of hearts.
Who they were that believed not . . . today, just like back then, hypocrites are many! They abound! Those who say "I'm a Christian" are also many . . . but when you watch these people, you know they are NOT God's TRUE children. We do not have to be omniscient to know this. All we need do is check out their fruit. We are not restricted from being "fruit inspectors."
And who should betray him . . . Jesus not only knew how it was with the multitude of the disciples that professed love to Him, and faith in Him . . . He also knew that one of the apostles would betray Him, and knew who he was. This was decided in the decrees of God, and was foretold in the prophecies of the Old Testament (Ps.109:8), and was predicted by Christ; and the person was pointed at by Him before the treacherous deed was done (Jn.13:18-26).
John 6:65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. (KJV)
And he said, Therefore said I unto you. . . the substance of what is said here is like John 6:44.
That no man can come to me, except it be given him of my Father . . . being drawn by the Father is the same as faith in Christ . . . because faith is the gift of God, and coming to Jesus, is owed to effectual grace of God (Eph.2:8-9), and is not the product of man's power and freewill.
Our natures are NOT prone to righteousness (Isa.64:6). Those in Christ are truly blessed because somehow God shows us the beauty and wisdom of a relationship with Christ Jesus. The choice is ours. We can accept or reject it. What a terrible tragedy that most in the world refuse the invitation! (Jn.6:37; Mat.7:12-13).
It is the Father’s will is, that not even one of those who were given to Christ, should be rejected or lost by Him. This should give us assurance of being welcomed into God’s Presence and being protected by Him.
Let us come to Christ, ever so thankful that it is a Promise by God the Father, that every one who is willing to “come unto Him” will be made welcome.
Let us know it is only by the amazing grace of God that Jesus makes this awesome offer to us. And let us remember, nothing we can ever do can gain us access to Heaven. Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: [KJV] Just faith in Jesus gives us access to God and Heaven. We cannot get there alone no matter how good we are. We must come to Jesus or we’re doomed! (Rom.3:20; 8:3; 9:16; 9:31-32; 11:6; Ep.2:8-9; 2 Tim.1:9; Tit.3:4-5).
John 6:66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. (KJV)
From that time many of his disciples went back . . . NOT any of the twelve apostles, for they are set apart from these disciples in the next verse; and NOT any of the seventy disciples (Lk.10:1), for their names were written in Heaven (Lk.10:20) , and could not apostatize totally and finally, as these "professors" did. These disciples were some of the multitude of the disciples, who followed Christ, heard Him, and professed to believe in Him, and were baptized in His Name, but were NOT true disciples, only make believe ones . . . because they had never heard and learned of the Father, like SO many today! They returned to their teachers, the Scribes and Pharisees, and to the law of works, trying to hunt for righteousness by it; setting up their own righteousness, and NOT submitting to the righteousness of Christ . . . thus looking back and drawing back.
And walked no more with him . . . never returned to Him, never followed Him from place to place as before: never had any intimacy and fellowship with Him again. This is SO common with apostates today who profess the Name of Christ; they rarely ever return, or are recovered. It is difficult, if not impossible, which is sometimes the case, to renew them again to repentance (Heb.6:6). . . . Walked no more with Him . . . sadly, this is the decision made by most people today. See our articles on apostasy: http://www.worldlychaos.org/w_c_an_apostate_world.1.htm
John 6:67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? (KJV)
Then said Jesus unto the twelve . . . meaning His twelve apostles, whom He had chosen to that office. It seems that Christ takes no notice of those that went away from Him, showing no concern for them. He knew what they were, that the truth of grace was NOT in them, and that they did NOT belong to Him. Christ Jesus will NOT force anyone to believe in Him and accept Him! He was more concerned about those who stayed.
Will ye also go away? . . . He was NOT ignorant of what they were, or of what they would do in this case. He knew very well their faith in Him, their love for Him, their respect of Him, and their close loving affection for Him . . . at least eleven of them! Nor did He have any fear or jealousy concerning them, by observing any thing in their faces or gestures, which looked like a departure from Him. He said these words out of a tender regard and strong affection for them.
John 6:68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. (KJV)
Then Simon Peter answered him . . . Peter was strong in the faith of Christ, and full of passion for Him, and love for Him. Pete was the mouth of the apostles, and always forward to speak out of the abundance and sincerity of his heart, in their name; believing, that they all had the same faith in Christ, love for and respect for Him, as he himself had; for he had no distrust of Judas as yet, no more than any of the rest.
Lord; to whom shall we go? . . . "Lord" was a title of respect at that time, the same as our "Sir," or Peter could be acknowledging the power and authority of Christ, as Lord of all, especially the saints, and claiming his interest in Him.
Thou hast the words of eternal life . . . this implied their firm conviction that Jesus was the Messiah, and that He alone was able to save them. It is one of Peter's noble confessions of a pious heart and of ardent love. There was no one else who could teach them. There was no one else who could give them eternal life! Mat.16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. (KJV)
The Pharisees, Sadducees and the scribes were corrupt, and unable to guide them on the right road; and even though the doctrines of Jesus were mysterious, yet the apostles knew that they were the only doctrines that could instruct them in Truth and save them.
Some things to consider:
- #1. Some of the doctrines of the Bible will be puzzling.
- #2. Even though they are hard to be understood, we should not reject them.
- #3. The poor, lost, sinner has nowhere else to go but to Jesus. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and if the sinner decides to go any other way he will wander and die.
- #4. We should never forsake the teachings of the Son of God. The words that He speaks are spirit and are life.
- #5. Abiding with Christ in a steady and faithful adherence to the Truths of His Gospel, is the best choice that we can ever make.
John 6:69 And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. (KJV)
And we believe and are sure . . . Peter said that from what they have heard and from what they have seen, he and they were SURE that He was the Christ, the Son of the living God. Everything that Jesus did or said was proof to the apostles.
That thou art that Christ . . . Christ means Messiah. They believed that Jesus was the Messiah that was promised by God of old, spoken of by the prophets, and expected by the Jews; and that He was that anointed prophet Moses had spoken of (Deut.18:15,18), that should rise up out of Israel, like unto Moses that anointed priest, who, according to the oath of God, was to be priest for ever, after the order of Melchizedek; and that anointed King, whom God has set over His holy hill of Zion (Ps.110:4; Heb.5:6; 6:13-18). Also see: (Ps.45:6; 89:27,36-37; 110:1-2; Isa.9:6-7; Dan.7:13-14; Mat.28:18; Acts 2:34-36; 5:30-31; Eph.1:22; Phil.2:9-11).
The son of the living God . . . this they knew, and were sure of, both because of John's testimony, and by the Father's Voice from Heaven where Peter, James and John heard at Christ's transfiguration on the mount. God the Father is called "the living God" not to distinguish Him from His Son; for He too is the living God, and is so called (Heb.3:12), but to set Him apart from the Gentile idols, who have no life nor breath in them. Christ is called the Son of the living God, because He is a divine Person, as He is truly God!
John 6:70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?(KJV)
Jesus answered them . . . meaning the disciples, with Peter as their spokesman.
Have not I chosen you twelve . . . speaking of the office of an apostle. I chose but twelve amongst you (Mat.10:1-4), and one of those twelve is an accuser or informer. These were chosen in mercy and in love, and yet one would betray Him. You twelve . . . so small a number. Out of such a multitude as followed for the loaves and fishes, it is to be expected there would be apostates; but with such a small number, and them being chosen in such a manner . . . do you think that Jesus made a mistake in His choosing? My answer is no. ALL prophecies had to be fulfilled and Judas IS mentioned in prophecy! (Ps.41:9; 55:12; 109:7-8).
And one of you is a devil? . . . a deceiver, a liar, and a murderer, as the devil is from the beginning (Jn.8:44). All these things Judas was, in the betraying of his Master. Is a devil . . . has the spirit of envy, malice and the rebellious designs of a devil. The word devil here is used in the sense of an enemy, or one hostile to him.
John 6:71 He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve. (KJV)
He spake of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon . . . these are the words of John, pointing out the person Christ meant, in case any other should be suspected.
For he it was that should betray him . . . as it was determined and foretold, and which Christ knew full well, and therefore said the above words.
Being one of the twelve . . .
Judas is a mystery. Our Lord numbers him with the twelve, and said that He had chosen him . . . and yet he was a devil. Could this mean that Judas was demon-possessed? I do not know. But, it is Judas who is going to betray Jesus. I know that Jesus knew all the time what would happen for it is prophesied in the Old Testament (Ps.41:9; 109:8). See Messianic prophecies: http://www.hisservants.org/messianic_prophecies_h_s.htm
It really is hard to understand evil like this. It is one of life's mysteries. Evil is always a mystery, which is one reason that it is so shocking. Evil can come in a million different packages. There is NOT just one "evil." My friend, ALL evil is bad! ALL evil comes from the devil! What a tremendous difference between Simon Peter and Judas Iscariot.
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