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John 6

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 1 After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias.

 2 And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles that he did on those who were diseased.

 3 And Jesus went up onto a mountain, and he sat there with his disciples.

 4 Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near.

 5 Then Jesus lifted up his eyes, and he saw a great company coming to him, and he said to Philip, "Where shall we buy bread, so that these may eat?"

 6 He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do.

 7 Then Philip answered him, "Two hundred pennies worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little."

 8 Then one of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him,

 9 "There is a lad here, who has five barley loaves, and two small fishes; but what are they among so many?"

 10 Then Jesus said, "Make the men sit down." Now the ground was covered with grass in this place, so the men sat down, about five thousand in number.

 11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples to those who were sitting down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they wanted.

 12 When they were filled, he said to his disciples, "Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is left to waste."

 13 Therefore they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which were left over after all those had eaten.

 14 Then those men, when they saw the miracle that Jesus had done, said, "This is of a truth the prophet who is to come into the world."

 15 When Jesus realized that they intended to come and take him by force, in order to make him king, he departed again to the mountain to be by himself, alone.

 16 And since the evening had now come, his disciples went down to the sea,

 17 And entered into a boat, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not come back to join them.

 18 The sea was rising rough and high from the strong wind that blew.

 19 So when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea, approaching the boat; and they were afraid.

 20 But he said to them, "It is me; do not be afraid."

 21 Then they willingly received him into the boat, and immediately the ship was at the land where they were heading.

 22 The next day the people who had remained on the other side of the sea realized that there had been no other boat there, except the one that his disciples had taken, and that Jesus had not gone with his disciples in the boat and that his disciples had gone away alone.

 23 (However some other boats had arrived from Tiberias near the place where they had eaten bread, after that the Lord had given thanks.)

 24 When the people realized that Jesus was not there, nor were his disciples, they got into the boats, and went to Capernaum, looking for Jesus.

 25 When they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, Rabbi! When did you come here?

 26 And Jesus answered them and said, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek me, not because you saw the miracles, but because you ate the loaves of bread and were satisfied.

 27 Do not labor for food that perishes, but [instead labor] for the food that endures to everlasting life,1 which the Son of man shall give to you; for God the Father has authorized and certified him with his seal."

 28 Then said they to him, "What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?"

 29 And Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God: that you believe on [depend on, trust, and obey] him whom he has sent."

 30 Therefore they said to him, "What sign (miracle) will you show us, that we may see, and believe you? What [miraculous] work will you do?

 31 Our fathers ate manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat."

 32 Then Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the Bread from heaven; but my Father gives you the true Bread from heaven.

 33 For the Bread of God is He who comes down from heaven, and gives life to the world.

 34 Then said they to him, "Lord, give us this bread always and for all time."

 35 And Jesus said to them, "I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to me shall never hunger; and he who believes in me shall never thirst. [Jesus is the bread of life: the life of God, the Holy Spirit, the anointing. His words that you hear him speak to you impart the life of God to your heart. To acquire more of the Holy Spirit, more truth, more life, more of Jesus, you must sit in humble silence, wait on Him, listen, hear, and obey. It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life-giving. John 6:63. Come— not to sect services, not to prayer meetings, not to altar calls, and not Bible study; Jesus even said that studying the scriptures is not coming to Him. John 5:39-40. We must come directly to him, by sitting in humble silence as we wait on Him, listening for his voiced commands and teachings. To believe in Jesus is to believe what you hear him speak to you and then to obey it.]

 36 But I told you that although you have seen me, you still do not believe.

 37 All whom the Father gives me shall come to me; and he who comes to me I will never cast out. [Come — not to sect services, not to prayer meetings, not read the Bible, not to altar calls — but come directly to him, by waiting on Him in humble silence as you listen for his voiced commands and teachings.]

 38 For I came down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me.

 39 And this is the Father's will, who has sent me, that I should lose none of all those he gives me, but should raise them up again at the last day.

 40 And this is the will of him who sent me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in [depends on, trusts, and obeys] him, may have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day."2 [To believe in him is to believe what he speaks and shows you from within your heart, and your belief must be evidenced by obedience to his commands. Persistent waiting, listening, hearing, believing, and obeying, results in him purifying you from sin by grace so that you can see God in the face of Christ Jesus — which occurs simultaneously with seeing Jesus bring your salvation.]

 41 Then the Jews murmured at him, because he said, "I am the bread that came down from heaven."

 42 And they said, "Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How then can he say, I came down from heaven?"

 43  Therefore Jesus answered and said to them, "Do not grumble and complain among yourselves.

 44 No man can come to me unless the Father, who has sent me, draws him and gives him the hunger to come to me;3 and I will raise him up at the last day. [From the Word of the Lord within: "Those who hunger are God's chosen people." Everyone is anonymously called by God to turn from evil; those who heed His plea are chosen to be drawn by Him with a hunger for more. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled, Mat 5:6; but woe to you who are full, for you shall hunger. Luke 6:25. The Father draws us with love. From the Word of the Lord within: "People can't come in fear; they have to come in love." With a spiritual revelation the Father draws us to Himself, which creates a hunger in us for more; only that gift of hunger can motivate a man to lay down his life in obedience. The Hell-fire and damnation preaching, which tries to frighten people into sects, is an abomination.]

 45 It is written in the prophets, 'And they shall all be taught by God.' Every man therefore who has heard, and has learned from the Father, comes to me. [Who has heard the Father speak from within their hearts comes to Jesus. Comes — not to sect services, not to prayer meetings, not to Bible reading, not to altar calls — but comes directly to him, by silently waiting on him, listening for his voiced commands and teachings.]

 46 Not that any man has seen the Father, except he who comes from God; he alone has seen the Father.

 47 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes [depends on, trusts, obeys] on me has everlasting life.

 48 I am the Bread of Life.

 49 Your forefathers ate manna in the wilderness, and are dead.

 50 But this is the Bread that came down from heaven, so that a man may eat of it, and not die.

 51 I am the Living Bread that has come down from heaven. If any man eats of this Bread, he shall live forever; the Bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world."

 52 Then the Jews argued among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"

 53 So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you have no life in you.

 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood, has eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

 55 For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.

 56 He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood, lives [continually] in me, and I in him.4

 57 As the living Father has sent me, and I live by the Father; so he who feeds on me, shall live by me.

 58 This is that Bread that came down from heaven; but not as your fathers ate manna, and are dead, for he who eats of this Bread shall live forever."5

 59 He said these things in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.

 60 Now many of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, "This is a hard saying; who can hear it?"

 61 But when Jesus knew in himself that his disciples complained about it, he said to them, "Does this offend you?

 62 What if you see the Son of man ascend to where he was before?

 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life-giving.6 [Jesus is the bread of life: the life of God. From the Word of the Lord within: " The words I speak to you impart life; the Spirit gives life with every word heard." To acquire more of Jesus, (the life), you must get quiet, wait on Him, listen, hear His words that he speaks to you, and then obey what He commands. His words that he speaks to us impart the life of God to us and are engrafted into our hearts; and since Jesus is the life of God, His spoken words form Jesus within us, until finally He is resurrected in us to be our true Lord, ruling our thoughts, words, and deeds.]

 64 But there are some of you who do not believe." For Jesus knew from the beginning who did not believe, and who would betray him.

 65 And he said, "Therefore I said to you, that no man can come to me, unless the desire to come has been given to him by my Father."

 66 From that time many of his disciples turned back, and walked no more with him.

 67 Then said Jesus to the twelve, "Will you also leave me?"

 68 But Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life. [The words that He speaks to you are words of the Spirit, which transmit the life of God to you as they are engrafted into your heart. John 6:63, James 1:21.]

 69 And we believe and are sure that you are the Christ, the Son of the living God."

 70 Then Jesus answered them, "Have I not chosen you twelve? And yet one of you is a devil!"

 71 He spoke of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon; for he knew that it was he who would betray him, though he was one of the twelve.


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1 Do not labor for food that perishes, but [instead labor] for the food that endures to everlasting life. Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Mat 4:4. Jesus spoke on this same subject in Matthew Therefore take no thought, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or, 'What shall we drink?' or, 'With what shall we be clothed?' For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need these. But seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things will be added to you. Mat 6:31-33. It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life-giving. John 6:63

Jesus tells us how: it is not by reading the Bible, it is not going to a building and listening to someone talk, it is not asking God for what you want. You must go to him. You must wait on him - listen silently, with the humility of a sinner in need of his changing power — grace. Wait, watch, listen, hear, obey... wait, watch, listen, hear, obey..... seek, listen, obey. You must endure to the end, when Christ brings salvation. Seek the LORD your God, and you will find him, if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul. Deut 4:29

In Luke Jesus stresses hearing and obeying: Whoever comes to me, and listens to my words, and does [practices, obeys] them, I will show you what he is like.
He is like a man who built a house, and dug deep, and laid the foundation securely built on a rock;
and when the flood arose, the torrent beat violently upon that house, but could not shake it because it was founded upon a rock.
But the person who hears and does not put my words into practice is like a man who built a house upon the earth without a foundation;
against which the torrent struck violently, and immediately it collapsed; and the ruin of that house was great. Luke 6:46-49

2 everyone who sees the Son and believes in him, may have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. To have eternal life, your belief must lead to you seeing Jesus, the face of God. When your belief results in you persistently waiting on God, in humble silence, to hear Him, and to obey HimHis words that you hear Him speak to you impart the life of God; until finally you are pure and you see the face of God in your heart. Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God, Mat 5:8. And every man who has this hope in him, purifies himself even as He [Jesus] is pure. 1 John 3:3. This is after being purified, after being freed of all sin, after being translated into the Kingdom of Heaven then you have assurance of eternal life, but not until then.

everyone who sees the Son and believes in him, may have eternal life;

Every man starts in spiritual darkness, walking in darkness, without the guidance of God's light. The light shines in the darkness, exposing our sins. After obedient repentance and after many revelations of hearing His word within our hearts, God causes his light to shine out of darkness to give us the light of knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus. George Fox explains this further in his writing The Light Explained:

This the true light that enlightens every man that comes into the world, which light shines in darkness, and darkness knows it not.

Now mark, it is there. What? Does it shine in darkness, and yet darkness does not comprehend it? Is this not the state in which the world did not know him, and the Pharisees did not know him, though the Kingdom of heaven was within them, Luke 17:21. And light shined in darkness, and darkness comprehended it not; here is the unconverted state. So he came to his own, and his own received him not; light shines in darkness, and darkness comprehends it not. For once you were darkness said the Apostle, Eph 5:8. but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light. Now mark, there was a time of darkness, but now they were light in the Lord. Now here were the converted and the unconverted. These were to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness. The light shines in darkness, though darkness does not comprehend it, and you were at sometime darkness, and light shines in darkness, and darkness does not comprehend it; this defines the unconverted state, and the converted estate.

God has commanded light to shine out of darkness, and has shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. Now mark, here is light that shines out of darkness. God had commanded it to shine out of darkness. What? Was it not there before? Now it has come forth; before it was in darkness, light shined in darkness, and God has commanded it to shine out of darkness, and before you were darkness, but are the light of the Lord, which light that shines in the heart, gives the light of the knowledge of the glory of God; here is the converted state. Now while light shines in darkness, and darkness does not comprehend it, there is the unconverted state, 2 Cor 4:4-6, John 1:5.

The apostle was sent to turn people from the darkness to the light, from the power of Satan to God. Now this was the state of preaching to them while they were in darkness, whom the God of the world had blinded their eyes. They preached so that the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ should shine in them. Mark, shine in them.

From the writings of yet another early Quaker, Francis Howgill: (written in 1676)

The appearance of God, who is eternal life, in his day, in his immeasurable Light, is a great joy, and source of rejoicing to the righteous. For he is to his people an everlasting light, and in his light they come to see light.

He reveals the secret mysteries of his kingdom in those who see his day appear in their hearts, which makes all things manifest, even the secrets of the Lord, and his hidden treasure, and his durable riches, which never canker or rust, but are fresh, and keep their pure image and impression. By this Light all the righteous, who have waited on God’s appearance, come to see Him. As it is written, “Lo! This is our God, we have waited for Him, and He will save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice and be glad in his salvation.Does he indeed come that you have waited for? Yes, come, “and his reward is with Him;” and they that see Him find contentment in Him, and in his reward. And what is his reward? Joy, gladness, peace of conscience, assurance of God’s love sealed in the heart by the pure Spirit of the Lord, the streams of Life flowing forth continually from the great deep, which refresh and keep cool in the greatest extremity and heat of temptation; and this is enjoyed by those that have waited and do wait for it; even in the body they bear witness of Him and his coming. What was the witness of his disciples? "The Son of God has come and has given us an understanding." Of what? Of God, of his day, of his appearance, of his power, of his wisdom, of his kingdom, of hope, of faith, of assurance, of peace, of joy, of comfort and consolation. What? In this life? Yes, a cloud of witnesses I might bring in former ages, and also in this age, blessed be the Lord; but my witness that gives me assurance, is nearer me than all their witnesses, although they are all true. Abraham, the father of the faithful, and of the righteous, who believed in God and was accepted, saw Christ’s day and was glad; that is, by faith; yes, he and all that ever saw Christ’s day, or the Father, saw Him by faith; by faith they saw Him who is invisible: "Behold! God is my salvation." Isaiah 12:2. What! Do you enjoy it already? Yes, He has become my salvation; and Simeon, who waited for the consolation of Israel, said: "Now let your servant depart in peace, for my eyes have seen your salvation." Luke 2:30. And this he said, who knew comfort and consolation: "As the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation abounds by Christ." They were made partakers of his Divine nature, and sat together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: and those who are in Him, and enjoy Him, who is the power of God, and the wisdom of God, know rest;  and peace, and salvation, both from guilt and acts of sin. . . Those, who have not come to the day, do not know God’s work in themselves; and those, who have not yet heeded that in themselves, which manifests all things reprovable, and which reproves, have not yet come to know the appearance of the glimmering of light or of the day in themselves, which the saints witness in themselves, even all of those that are sanctified.

Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God, Mat 5:8. And every man who has this hope in him, purifies himself even as He [Jesus] is pure. 1 John 3:3. This is after being purified, after being freed of all sin, after being translated into the Kingdom of Heaven then you have assurance of eternal life, but not until then. This totally agrees with what Jesus said in John 11:26: Whoever lives and believes in me shall never die — if you are in union with Him and if you believe in Him, then you shall never die. Notice to believe in Him is to believe while in union. These are not two independent qualifications; you cannot believe in him without living in him and be assured of eternal life.

and I will raise him up at the last day.

What last day?—the last day of your life; the day you die; the day you are completely crucified, baptized into death, buried, and raised by Him. Christendom teaches the last day is when Jesus comes back to the earth and raises everybody together, but their teaching is based on the totally incorrect interpretation of the scriptures without understanding of the end times, salvation, the cross, purification, baptism, the resurrection, and the appearance/return of Jesus. Those who die still sinning are also raised on the day of their death, but then to be banned from heaven.

3 No man can come to me unless the Father, who has sent me, draws him and gives him the hunger to come to me; Every person is anonymously called by God to depart from evil on their day of visitation when Christ, the light given to every man so that he might believe, preaches the gospel in them; He knocks at every person's door, (heart). The vast majority of people ignore His anonymous call to turn from evil because they love their selfish lifestyle and have no love of the truth about their evil ways. Thus they deny and hate the truth; thus they deny and hate Christ. The few who do heed His anonymous pleas, loving the truth, turn from evil to then be chosen by God to receive more of His Spirit in return; God gives them a taste of His goodness by revelation, which creates the hunger and thirst in them for more of Him — thus to seek Him with all their heart and soul.

From the Word of the Lord within: "People can't come in fear; they have to come in love;" the Father has to have drawn you with a revelation that instills a hunger in you for more because the love of God and hunger for more-of-Him is the only lasting motivator. Those who have not been drawn by God with a spiritual experience that gives you a taste and hunger for more, you must turn from evil as best you can, distribute liberally to the poor, and pray to God to give you that experience, promising in return that you will seek Him with your best effort.

If you are, or have already been seeking God, wishing to please Him; or wishing to become more like Him; or wishing to learn more about Him; or wishing to know His will for you; or trying to become clean and free from sin; or trying to comply with His commands to seek Him, become perfect, become holy, etc; then your motivation is a hunger that He has already established in you, and as you patiently and persistently continue to seek Him by waiting on Him, that hunger will grow with each revelation, until finally fully satisfied at the end.

4 To live in Christ is to have died to self, to have crucified the flesh or sinful nature on the inward cross of self-denial. To live in Christ is to have put off the old man, to have put on the incorruptible. To live in Christ is to sit down in Christ in heaven. To live in Christ is to be one with Christ, and one with the Father, and one with all the other true disciples of Christ.

5 How do you eat this Bread from heaven? You hear his words, which are spirit and life; you keep them, practicing them and obeying them. It is the Spirit Who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life-giving. John 6:63. The ritual of "communion" has been substituted for the real communion — a dialogue between you and Christ; a dialogue of words from Him that you retain — you eat — so that his word abides in you, and then controls you. More words, more control. The word, who is Christ, is being formed in your flesh.
(We are supposed to remember Christ every time we eat and drink, until he returns to appear in our heart, not grape juice and wafers in a sect's service.)
And remember, Christ told us to: Do not labor for food that perishes, but [instead labor] for the food that endures to everlasting life.

Whoever comes to me, and listens to my words, and does [practices, obeys] them, I will show you what he is like.
He is like a man who built a house, and dug deep, and laid the foundation securely built on a rock;
and when the flood arose, the torrent beat violently upon that house, but could not shake it because it was founded upon a rock.
But the person who hears and does not put my words into practice is like a man who built a house upon the earth without a foundation;
against which the torrent struck violently, and immediately it collapsed; and the ruin of that house was great.
Luke 6:47-48

6 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit and they are life-giving. His spoken words that you hear and keep, (practice, obey, hold true), are spirit and impart the life of God to you. Works of the flesh profit nothing; reading the Bible is a work of the flesh. Only words heard, as spoken by the Spirit, will give life. You can hear and grow spiritually by hearing the Word of Life spoken by the Holy Spirit in your heart if you wait in humble silence, as you listen, watch, hear, believe it to be true, and then obey what you are told to do. It is the words you hear from God and obey that actually create the new spiritual life within you, which life is Christ, the life. Those words heard are engrafted to take root in your heart to change you to become more like him, forming Christ within you; until Christ is fully formed and resurrected in you to be your true Lord, ruling your thoughts, your words, and your deeds.

Jesus told the Apostles they were cleansed by the words that he had spoken to them. John 15:3. And Paul tells us the church of believers is sanctified and cleansed with the washing of the water of the word to become glorious, without spot or wrinkle, Eph 5:25-27; and both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all of one, Heb 2:11; and those who are sanctified are forever cleansed and perfected. Heb 10:14. So the words we persistently hear Him speak to us result in being cleansed, sanctified, in union, and perfected forever.

But you must hear him, not read about him; not listen to someone else read about him. You must hear him and obey him for any spiritual progress to be made. The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. You can read the whole Bible; you can memorize the whole Bible, and it will not yield life or spiritual growth. The letter or law condemns, motivating you to change, motivating you to seek his help to be different. But the Bible cannot impart life, which the spirit does. The Bible is good for understanding what is sin, and good for maintaining hope; but it is no substitute for coming to him to be taught and changed. You search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are those that testify of me. But you will not come to me, so that you may have life. John 5:38-40.

From the Word of the Lord within:

Ten words from Him are better that reading ten of the New Testament letters because His words that you hear Him speak to you impart the life of God to your heart, John 6:63; but reading ten letters is just a work of the flesh, which profits nothing; in fact most people read the letters of the New Testament and think they are addressed to them, when in fact most were addressed to very advanced believers who had attained the first stage of perfection. Reading the Bible is valuable for understanding what is sin and for maintaining your hope in the true gospel; however, to be of value, your hope must be in the true gospel and the benefit of bearing the cross to realize those promises.

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