John 6

When it comes to John 6 some reformers are more keen to quote John 6:39 than John 6:40, despite that the verses are very similar. The reason for this is probably the inconvenient conditions listed in John. 40.

John 6:39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

John 6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which SEETH the Son, and BELIEVETH on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

It’s also the Father’s will that none should perish, but people DO perish. Read more about John 6 here in English, and here in Swedish.



3 thoughts on “John 6

  1. The way the Holy Spirit has revealed this to me is that John 6 is a parable. He switches between speaking of being drawn to Jews and consuming His flesh and blood. The Jews didn’t struggle with being called, they were God’s chosen people.

    In context, this makes more sense, as after feeding the five thousand, the Jews saw Him as the Messiah but misunderstood His purpose and mission on Earth and were trying to make Him King. Jesus didn’t come to be King, so He was hardening their hearts.

    It wasn’t on being called that made them stumble, it was consuming His flesh and blood which violates Torah. They didn’t see the spiritual nature of what He was saying, and today Catholics and Calvinists stumble on opposite verses here. Calvinists believing the individual calling (when it’s corporate of Israel) is written toward them, writing themselves into the Bible. Catholics believe that we are to re-sacrifice Christ and consume His blood and body physically.

    The Jews, of course, made the same problem. They wrongly heard these things and assumed that Jesus was speaking of physical things. The law is _SPIRITUAL_ and so many Christians today that we must suppose are not regenerated or still babes in Christ, do not understand these things. The most common response I’ve seen to this interpretation is that, “Jesus didn’t say this is a parable.”

    [Mat 16:11 KJV] 11 How is it that ye do not understand that I spake [it] not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?

    Even His disciples frequently confused spiritual things with physical. The Pharisees did as well, with the washing of the cups, the worship on Sabbath, etc. This is a spirit of error, and will always lead to seeing spiritual things as relating to this physical world.

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    • Thanks for your input, Morris. What you wrote makes a lot of sense. Parable or not, Jesus was still making a point.

      <<The Jews didn’t struggle with being called, they were God’s chosen people.

      Yes, a very common misunderstanding and concept in the Bible.

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