A Christian Being One Receiving Life in Christ’s Words (2)
John 6:31 Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, as it is written, “He gave them bread out of heaven to eat.” (32) Jesus therefore said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Moses has not given you the bread out of heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread out of heaven. (33) For the bread of God is He who comes down out of heaven and gives life to the world. (34) They said therefore to Him, Lord, give us this bread always. (35) Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall by no means hunger, and he who believes into Me shall by no means ever thirst.
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…these ones [who sought the Lord because they ate the physical bread] were still circling around the border. They asked, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know?” (v. 42). They only knew the Lord Jesus from the outside. The Lord told them again, “I am the living bread which came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he shall live forever; and the bread which I will give is My flesh, given for the life of the world” (v. 51)._ The Jews contended with one another because of this word. Their eyes only saw outward things. They wanted to know the Lord Jesus and understand His words in an outward way. But it was impossible for them to know and understand in this way. We have to pay attention to the words which followed. Not only were the Jews confused by the Lord’s word, but many of His disciples did not understand it either. They said, “This word is hard; who can hear it?” (v. 60). Many of the disciples went back to what they had left behind and no longer walked with Him. They stumbled and were no longer His disciples. Five loaves and two fish on the outside attracted many to seek after the Lord Jesus. But when the inward bread of life was presented, many so-called disciples could not take it. How easy it is for men to pay attention to outward things and reject inward things! Brothers and sisters, we ought to be warned here! Many who were called disciples dropped out halfway. Those who are Christians in an outward way will drop out halfway. Those who do not touch life will drop out halfway. Anyone who has not received the Lord’s life within him cannot be His disciple. No one needs to discourage such a one from becoming a Christian; he himself will find it impossible to go on. (Continued tomorrow)