The Gospel of John IV - Lesson 2

                      Jesus as the Bread of Life                                  John 6:1-71                                   (Continued)

  1. DISCOURSE ON THE BREAD OF LIFE (John 6:33-51) (Continued)
    1. Jewish Reaction to the Bread of Life (John 6:33-46) (Continued)
      1. Christ’s reply to the Jews (John 6:43-46)
        1. The drawing of the Father (John 6:43-44)
          1. Must be drawn by the Father
          2. Must be given the ability to come to Christ (John 6:65)
          3. God can give repentance to the acknowledging of the truth (2 Timothy 2:25-26).
          4. Christ has promised to draw all men to Himself (John 12:32).
          5. No man is required to come to God when he is drawn (Matthew 23:37).
        2. The teaching of the Father (John 6:45)
          1. Old Testament prophecy (Isaiah 54:13; Isaiah 2:3)
          2. Fulfillment during the ministry of Christ (John 6:45)
          3. Fulfillment in the New Testament church
            1. Taught by Christ (Ephesians 4:20-21)
            2. Taught of God (1 Thessalonians 4:9)
            3. Taught by the Holy Ghost (1 Corinthians 2:9-16); the unction from the Holy One (1 John 2:20-21, 27) – Note: an unction is an anointing with oil. In the Bible, oil is a type of the Holy Spirit. As Christ was anointed with the Spirit (Isaiah 61:1), so we are anointed (2 Corinthians 1:21-22; 1 John 2:27).
          4. Fulfillment in the Kingdom Age (Isaiah 2:3; Jeremiah 31:33-34; Hebrews 8:10-11)
        3. The revealing of the Father (John 6:46; John 1:18; Matthew 11:27)
    2. Universal Invitation to the Bread of Life (John 6:47-51)
      1. To him that believes (John 6:47-48)
        1. Will have everlasting life (John 6:47)
        2. Will have the bread of life
      2. To any man who eats (John 6:49-51)
        1. Contrasted with manna (John 6:49)
          1. Eaten by the fathers
          2. Eaten in the wilderness
          3. Followed by death
        2. Defined (John 6:50-51)
          1. The bread which comes down from heaven (John 6:50)
          2. The bread which keeps a man from dying (John 6:50)
          3. The bread which is alive (John 6:51)
          4. The bread which may be eaten (John 6:51)
          5. The bread which gives eternal life (John 6:51)
          6. The bread which is the flesh of Jesus Christ (John 6:51)
          7. The bread which Christ will give for the life of the world (John 6:51)
    3. NOTE: John 6:48 has the first of seven great titles of Christ all beginning with “I am” and all found nowhere else in the Bible.
      1. I am that bread of life (John 6:48).
      2. I am the light of the world (John 8:12).
      3. I am the door (John 10:9).
      4. I am the good shepherd (John 10:11).
      5. I am the resurrection and the life (John 11:25).
      6. I am the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).
      7. I am the true vine (John 15:1).
  2. PARTAKING OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST (John 6:52-59)
    1. The Necessity of Eating the Flesh of Christ (John 6:52-53)
      1. The problem of eating the flesh of Christ (John 6:52)
      2. The necessity (John 6:53)
        1. Of eating His flesh
        2. Of drinking His blood
    2. The Benefits of Eating the Flesh of Christ (John 6:54-59)
      1. Will have eternal life (John 6:54)
      2. Will be raised at the last day (John 6:54)
      3. Will have the genuine provision (John 6:55)
      4. Will dwell in Christ (John 6:56)
      5. Will have the indwelling Christ (John 6:56)
      6. Will live by Christ (John 6:57); as Christ lives by the Father
      7. Will live forever (John 6:58)
    3. Not a Form of Cannibalism; throughout the Bible, the drinking of blood is prohibited (Genesis 9:3-4; Leviticus 17:14; Acts 15:29).
    4. Not the Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthians 11:23-36)
      1. Baptism is a picture of what happened to us in Christ at the time of our salvation.
      2. The Lord’s Supper is a picture of what Christ did for us in order to obtain our salvation.
        1. Done in remembrance (1 Corinthians 11:24-25)
        2. Done until He comes (1 Corinthians 11:26)
        3. It has nothing to do with salvation or with the receiving of eternal life.
    5. But a Spiritual Partaking of Christ (see John 6:63; Colossians 1:27)
      1. Like the spiritual birth (John 3:3-8)
      2. Like the spiritual water (John 4:13-15)
      3. So the spiritual bread (John 6:51)
    6. Four Important Facts About the Bread of Life
      1. The identity of the bread of life – Jesus Christ (John 6:32-35)
      2. The securing of the bread of life – by believing (John 6:47-51)
      3. The reward of the bread of life – everlasting life (John 6:35, 47-50)
      4. The invitation of the bread of life – universal (John 6:51)
  3. DIVISION AMONG THE DISCIPLES (John 6:60-71)
    1. The Difficult Sayings of Christ (John 6:60-62)
      1. I came down from heaven (John 6:41-42).
      2. You must eat my flesh (John 6:51-52).
      3. I will ascend back to heaven (John 6:61-62).
        1. The offense of the disciples (John 6:61)
          1. Offended by His hard saying
          2. Murmured at the saying
        2. The giving of another hard saying (John 6:62)
          1. Since the way to come to Christ is by faith
          2. He will keep giving you things until He gives you something too difficult for you to grasp.
          3. This will be a test to see if you trust in Him by faith.
David Reagan

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 19:24

A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.