|John 6:27-63 |
27 Do not labor for food that perishes, but [instead labor] for the food that endures to everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give to you; for God the Father has authorized and certified him with his seal." [To labor is to work hard. What is the hard work you must do that endure to everlasting life?—to daily, persistently and patiently expose yourself to hearing Christ speak his commands and teachings to you, by sitting, waiting on God, listening, watching, hearing, believing, and obeying; that is the one thing needed and the only works which survive the fire that everyone must pass through. This is part of the cross that you must daily bear, denying your own will, and obeying the will of God instead.]
28 Then said they to him, "What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?" [To work the works of God is to listen to God and obey what he commands just as Jesus only judged as he was told to judge, spoke only the words he was told to speak, and did only what the Father showed him to do; everything Jesus did was exactly according to the will of God, doing his will on earth as it is done in heaven by the angels; and that is what we must do to work the works of God, which is working righteousness like Jesus worked righteousness.]
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."1 [The blind guides of Christianity point to these verses and say, "See no work for salvation is necessary; all you have to do is believe." However, just to believe Jesus is the Son of God is not work or even slight effort. Jesus warned us that we must "strive," (which is to work hard), "Strive to enter by the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and not be able to." Luke 13:24. Jesus wanted them and wants us to believe and act in obedience to what he said: "Repent or perish," Luke 13:3,5; "Sin no more," John 8:11,5:14; "If any man desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me," Mat 16:24; "For whoever will save his life, shall lose it; and whoever will lose his life for my sake, shall find it," Mat 16:25; "So likewise, whoever does not forsake all that he has cannot be my disciple," Luke 14:33; "Therefore be merciful, as your Father also is merciful," Luke 6:36; "Therefore, be perfect, even as your Father who is in heaven is perfect," Mat 5:48. Click here to see a complete list of His commands. From the Word of the Lord within: "Jesus did not die so you can continue to sin. It is not enough to believe in Jesus; we must believe what He says and then act on it. Do you agree with any who in their arrogance have stated that God excuses evil in believers? It's not fair, but they don't care. God is just beyond measure."
If all anyone has to do to have eternal life and salvation is believe that Jesus is the son of God, then his disciples would have left him and gone home long before the three years that they spent with him night and day, sleeping on the ground; they knew he was the Son of God, but Peter said that eternal life came by listening to his words, "you have words of eternal life, and we believe and are sure that you are the Christ, the Son of the living God," John 6:68. It is devoid of common sense to think all you have to do is believe that Jesus is the son of God. That is ignoring that every man must daily deny himself and take up his cross to follow (obey) Jesus; that is ignoring you must lose you life to save your life; that is ignoring all the scriptures that specifically state the exclusions, requirements, and qualifying conditions of salvation; that is ignoring that every man will be judged on his works and words. Even the demons believe that Jesus is the Son of the most High God, and they tremble in fear of their ultimate fate.]
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 [You see him after you are baptized with fire into the baptism of death, the last day of your sinful nature, the old life of the flesh that has been crucified and has died. You lose your life to save your life, the life of God in you. You see him as he comes, bringing your salvation, to raise you to the new life of a new creature, and to then enter the kingdom with eternal life.
41 Then the Jews murmured at him, because he said, "I am the bread that comes 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 comes down from heaven, so that a man may eat of it, and not die.
51 I am the Living Bread that comes 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." [The words that the Spirit speaks from Jesus come down from heaven and are life-giving, John 6:63, the bread of life, our daily bread, which we must labor every day to hear so that Jesus is formed in us with each word heard, until he is fully formed and we are raised from the dead to live in heaven; but we also still walk the earth with him in us and guiding our every word and deed.]
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 [I am the Living Bread that comes down from heaven. John 6:51. From the Word of the Lord within: "I am the light of the world [every man]; whoever continues to feed on me shall have the light of life. I am the light of the world [every man]. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of Life. John 8:12" To feed is to follow, which is to listen/hear and obey what you are commanded to do.]
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. From the Word of the Lord within, "Christ is actually resurrected in every person that comes to Him and obeys Him repetitively. With persistent and faithful obedience, you too will be raised."]