Studies In The Book Of John
John 6:52-58 – “(52) The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? (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. (54) Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. (55) For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. (56) He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. (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. (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.”
A. These Jews fought among themselves rather than asking to be taught (Psalms 10:4, Psalms 119:155, and Proverbs 1:7).
1. They fought among themselves as the truth often causes division among carnally minded individuals (Luke 12:49-53, John 7:40-43, John 9:16, John 10:19, Acts 13:45-50, and Acts 14:1-5).
2. These folks were not prepared to seek the truth (I Samuel 7:3, II Chronicles 12:13-14, Ezra 7:10, Psalms 119:11, Proverbs 23:12, Ecclesiastes 7:25, Luke 8:15, Romans 10:8, I Thessalonians 2:13, James 1:19-21, and II Peter 1:19).
B. Jesus wasn’t teaching anyone to literally eat His flesh or drink His blood (Leviticus 17:14 and Acts 15:29).
1. Like Nicodemus (John 3:3-12), these Jews are missing that this is a spiritual point instead of a physical instruction (Proverbs 14:6, I Corinthians 2:14, John 8:42-44, and Romans 8:5-8).
2. The point Jesus is teaching is that one must consume the Living Word, speaking of Himself (John 1:1-5; 1:14), to be saved (Matthew 4:4).
3. We have to have the word of Christ dwelling in us (Colossians 3:16).
4. Paul would later make the same point talking about how the Jews were delivered from Egypt in the Old Testament (I Corinthians 10:1-4).
5. One cannot read this whole context and honestly think Jesus is talking about anything other than consuming the word of God: “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63).
C. This lesson is hard to see if you look to make a carnal application. This text is no different than other figurative texts in the New Testament:
1. Do we literally walk in a physical light (John 8:12, Ephesians 5:8, and I John 1:7)?
2. Does one literally eat the pages of the Scriptures (Jeremiah 15:16)?
3. Does one literally dwell in God (I John 4:15-16)?
4. Is the living water literally drawn from a carnal well (John 4:10-14)?
5. Were you literally washed in the blood of Jesus (Revelation 1:5; cf. Acts 22:16)?
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