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.The thought of eating the flesh of the Son of man, or drinking His blood was revolting to the Pharisees. They had no comprehension of the spiritual nature of the words of our LORD, nor could they, or we, without the Spirit of God instructing our hearts. Naturally speaking, eating the flesh of another human being would be a revolting cannibalism. Equally repulsive is the notion of drinking human blood. So, what is the meaning of Christ’s words? Thankfully, we have the Word of God to give us the significance, in v. 35. To eat of Christ is to ‘come to Christ,’ in Spirit given faith. To drink of Him is to ‘believe on Him.’ The sense of the word to ‘eat’ and ‘drink’ is with eagerness and pleasure, as one partaking of a delicious food. This coming to Christ, and believing on Him is not a duty, but a hunger and thirst that only the Spirit of God gives those for whom Christ paid the debt. His flesh is His humanity, and His blood is His sacrifice to satisfy His Father’s law and justice for those that the Father gave Him, v. 39. It is a complete and urgent resting in His Person and finished work of salvation at the cross,
55For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.Just as it was necessary that Christ come in the flesh, in order to lay down His life as a sacrifice for sin, and actually shed His blood for the remission of sin, so His coming in the flesh is meat indeed to the soul of the sinner saved by grace, and His shed blood is the fountain for sin from which the sinner made thirsty by the Spirit of God drinks.
56He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.This is what it is to eat of Christ’s flesh and drink of His blood. It is to dwell in Him, and He in the sinner, by His Spirit. Just like food and water, once taken in, cannot be separated back out again from the body, so the LORD Jesus, once partaken of through Spirit given faith, cannot be taken from the saved sinner. It is in Him, by Him, and through Him that such live.
Acts 2:32-36 God has raised this Jesus to life,and we are all witnessesof it.Peter was preaching to a crowd of rebels and God haters, as we all are by nature. In verse 22, he began his message addressing ‘the men of Israel.’ These...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Natural Life God is the Author of All Natural Life. Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. God preserves all natural life.
And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; Salvation is by the design and purpose of God, according to His eternal will. The word ‘appointment’ in the original is a legal term like that of one writing a will...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
1 Timothy 2:1-6 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; Clearly, the ‘all men’ here is in the qualitative sense (all kinds of men), rather than...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Joel 2:28-32 /Acts2:16-21 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;- There are many who see this prophecy of Joel as being accomplished now as an explanation of their emphasis on men and women prophesying, speaking in tongues,...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Romans 7:4-6 4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. God’s children became...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Romans 7:1-6 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? What do we answer those who would put us back under the Law, for whom the LORD Jesus has paid the...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Isaiah 40:1,2 Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.There are those who only want to pacify sinners and make them feel better about who they are and their relationship with God. They say, ‘Peace, peace’ where there has...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
John 6:39-47 39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. Many people read and study the scriptures, memorize them, and discuss them because they believe in so doing they show that...[ abbreviated | read entire ]