Bible Study, John Chapter 6 Verses 45-54
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. Jesus is referring to an Old Testament view of the Messianic Kingdom in which all people are taught directly by God (And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children – Isaiah 54:13). Jesus is stressing the importance of not merely hearing, but learning. Repentance towards God is coming to God as our chief good and highest end, and so faith towards our Lord Jesus is coming to Him as our Prince and Savior; and our way to the Father. When He was on earth it was more than barely coming where He was; so it is now more than coming to His Word and ordinances. “If any man eat of this bread” the former denotes applying ourselves to Christ. We taught by God through the Bible, our experiences, the thoughts the Holy Spirits brings, and other Christians.
John 6:46 – Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father. That is, no one has ever seen God in all of His essences since God is a Spirit. Although no one has seen God in all of His essences, people have at least seen God in Jesus Christ. Hearing and learning fall short of seeing the Father. Though a person has not seen the Father, he or she can believe in Christ, the One the Father sent to redeem man from sin.
John 6:47 – Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. “Believeth”, is used here means to continues to believe. We do not believe merely once, we keep on believing or trusting Jesus. He that believes on Christ has everlasting life, union with Jesus Christ and communion with God in Christ is when everlasting life has begun. There is no way we can be in union with the Father and Son and never communicate with them. A union is to be one with the Father and the Son which means we no longer practice sin, we adhere to the written instructions God has given us to follow.
John 6:48 – I am the bread of life. Jesus is the bread of life, those who believe in Him will have everlasting life. Bread is nourishment for our bodies, so is the Word of God. It is nourishment for us spiritually; Jesus is the Word and as we read and study the Word of God, we’re feeding our spirits with the Word of God. Just as we need natural food to get healthy and strong bodies, we need spiritual food to feed our spirit so that our spirit will be strong and healthy, strong and healthy enough to resist sin when it comes to influence. Many have healthy and strong bodies but their spirit is weak which causes them to submit to sin and turn for the instructions of God.
John 6:49 – Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness and are dead. Those that did eat manna died like other men. Many of them died for their unbelief and murmurings. Their eating manna was not secured to them from the wrath of God, as believing in Christ is for us. The manna they ate could not provide everlasting life.
John 6:50 – This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. That is not perishing, not come short of the heavenly Canaan. If any eat of this bread, he shall live forever, though he die physically and go to the grave, he or she shall pass through it to that world where there shall be no more death or sickness
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. To eat living bread means to unite ourselves to Jesus Christ. We are united with Christ in two ways (1) by believing in His death, the sacrifice of His flesh and resurrection and (2) by devoting ourselves to living as He requires, depending on His teaching for guidance and trusting in the Holy Spirit for power. “Eat of this bread” is the synonym for faith, faith is not seeing but believing. Each time we read the Word of God, we’re feeding ourselves with His instructions, He’s also speaking to us through His Word, informing us who He is and whose His Son. We can’t grow spiritually if we don’t read His Word, we will be carnal Christians, and God does not want us to be carnal Christians when He has given us His Word, His Son, His written instructions, His power to dominate sin and not allow sin to dominate us.
John 6:52 – The Jews, therefore, strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? “Eat His flesh”, Jesus was speaking figuratively, but the Jewish leader took Him literally.
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. First. instead of the life of the world, which was forfeited by sin. Christ gave His own flesh for ransom. Secondly, in order to the life of the world, to purchase a general offer of eternal life to all the world. So that the flesh and blood of the Son of man denote Christ and Him crucified, and the redemption wrought out by Him. The promise of the covenant, and eternal life, these are called the flesh and blood of Christ. Because they are purchased by the breaking of his body, and the shedding of His blood, they are meat and drink to our souls. “Eating and drinking of His blood”, it implies an appetite for Christ, this spiritually eating and drinking with and hunger and thirst for the things of God. It is a certain sign that you can have no spiritual life if you have no desire towards the Father and Son.
John 6:54 – Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. Jesus had made it abundantly clear in this context that eternal life is gained by believing in Him. He’s teaching that the benefits of His death must be appropriated by faith, by each individual. Jesus’s death was for everyone, this includes every nation. There is no other way to get to the Father but through Jesus. No other name or person can redeem us from sin. We must believe consistently, not just when we’re at the altar, but after we leave the altar. Our everyday life should be in the faith of our Lord and Saviour. If we make Him Lord of our life, that means we have given ourselves to Him completely, spirit, soul, and body. This includes as believers we submit ourselves to the written Word of God, we don’t pick and choose Scriptures we will adhere to. Without the submission to the written Word of God; our home will not be with God or the Son.