The Gospel of John IV - Lesson 3

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

  1. DIVISION AMONG THE DISCIPLES (John 6:60-71) (Continued)
    1. The Content of the Words of Christ (John 6:63)
      1. Not flesh (John 1:13; Matthew 26:41)
        1. The words of Christ not words of flesh
        2. The inability of the flesh
          1. The flesh profits nothing (John 6:63).
          2. The flesh is weak (Matthew 26:41).
          3. The flesh has no good thing (Romans 7:18).
        3. But spirit
          1. Words that come by the Spirit of God (2 Samuel 23:2; John 3:34; 1 Corinthians 2:4)
          2. Words recognized by the spirit in us (Proverbs 1:23)
          3. Words that influence the spirit world (Matthew 8:16; Luke 4:36)
          4. Words that teach spiritual things (1 Corinthians 2:12-16)
          5. Words used by the Spirit of God (Ephesians 6:17)
    2. The Lack of Spiritual Understanding (John 6:64-65; 1 Corinthians 2:12-16)
      1. Those who believe not (John 6:64)
        1. The existence of non-believers (Matthew 13:24-30, 36-40)
        2. The knowledge of Jesus Christ
          1. From the beginning
          2. Of those who believed not
          3. Of him who would betray Him (John 13:10-11)
        3. Those who come to Jesus Christ (John 6:65)
          1. Must be able to come to Christ
          2. Must receive this ability from the Father (2 Timothy 2:24-26)
          3. Note: We cannot come to Christ without receiving this ability from the Father. However, this does not mean that man’s will is negated in the process. John 1:12 teaches that those who receive Christ will be given power to become the sons of God. 2 Peter 3:9 teaches us that God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. All of these passages and more must be weighed in order to understand how men come to God in salvation. In summary, God draws all men through Jesus Christ but only enables those who respond to His drawing with the ability to come to Christ in faith to receive eternal life.
          4. Those who reject the light God has given them may be blinded from seeing further light (John 12:37-40).
    3. The Loss of Disciples (John 6:66; 2 Timothy 1:15; 2 Timothy 4:10; 1 John 2:19)
    4. The Faithfulness of the Few (John 6:67-69; see Matthew 16:15-17)
      1. The question of Jesus (John 6:67)
      2. The testimony of Peter (John 6:68-69)
        1. No other place to go (John 6:68)
        2. You have the words of eternal life (John 6:68).
        3. We believe and are sure (John 6:69).
        4. You are the Christ, the Son of the living God (John 6:69; Matthew 16:13-17).
    5. The Betrayer in the Midst (John 6:70-71)
      1. The twelve chosen by Christ (John 6:70; Luke 6:12-13)
      2. One of them is a devil (John 6:70).
      3. A reference to Judas Iscariot (John 6:71)
      4. Notes on Judas Iscariot:
        1. Chosen as one of the twelve apostles (Matthew 10:4; Mark 3:19; Luke 6:16)
        2. Served as treasurer for the apostles (John 13:29)
        3. Called a thief because he stole from the “bag” (John 12:4-6)
        4. Recognized by Christ as the betrayer (John 6:64)
        5. Given two names that point to a sinister connection with the spiritual authority of Satan:
          1. He is “a devil” (John 6:70-71); this is either a metaphorical use of the term (as Herod is called “that fox” – Luke 13:32) or else Jesus is identifying him as an evil spirit. The second choice has problems but it is one possibility.
          2. He is “the son of perdition” (John 17:12). This title is found one other time in scripture where it is used as a title for the Antichrist (2 Thessalonians 2:3). The Antichrist can rightly be viewed as the devil in the flesh (as Christ is God in the flesh). That these two titles are used for Judas brings questions as to his identity. But there are also problems as can be seen in the remainder of these notes on Judas.
        6. When the time came for Judas to betray Jesus, the Bible teaches:
          1. That the devil put it into his heart (John 13:1-2)
          2. That Satan entered into him (Luke 22:3; John 13:26-27)
          3. The question arises: Can Satan enter a devil? Certainly this is true if a devil is an evil spirit. After all, is it not true that the Spirit of God entered Christ?
        7. Judas betrayed the Son of God:
          1. With a kiss (Matthew 26:47-49)
          2. As Jesus called him Friend (Matthew 27:50; Psalm 41:9; Psalm 55:13-14)
          3. For thirty pieces of silver (Matthew 26:14-16; Zechariah 11:12-13)
        8. Judas repented himself of his betrayal (Matthew 27:1-10).
          1. He confessed to betraying the “innocent blood” (Matthew 27:4).
          2. He cast down the thirty pieces of silver in the temple (Matthew 27:5).
          3. He went and hanged himself (Matthew 27:5).
          4. The problem here is the repentance and confession of Judas. It is not a problem because it should be considered a genuine repentance. The Bible clearly says that he “repented himself” (Matthew 27:3). If he was nothing more than a devil, then why would he repent himself? We will have to leave this riddle unsolved for now.

                  Jesus at the Feast of Tabernacles                                    John 7:1-53

    1. The Occasion – the Feast of Tabernacles (John 7:1-2)
      1. The danger in Judea (John 7:1)
        1. Jesus walked in Galilee.
        2. Jesus did not walk in Jewry.
          1. This refers to the strongest area of Judaism at the time: Jerusalem and the surrounding area of Judea.
          2. The Jews there sought to kill Jesus.
        3. The three required feasts (Deuteronomy 16:16)
          1. Passover or Unleavened Bread
          2. Pentecost or Feast of Weeks
          3. Tabernacles or Feast of Ingathering (Exodus 23:16)
        4. Feast of Tabernacles celebrated:
          1. The end of the agricultural year (Exodus 23:16; Exodus 34:22)
          2. The completion of the yearly harvest (Deuteronomy 16:13-15; Leviticus 23:39)
          3. Release from Egyptian bondage (Leviticus 23:40-43)
        5. Typified the Jewish Kingdom Age
          1. The end of time for those waiting Jews
          2. Harvesting or salvation of the Jewish people (Romans 11:26-29)
          3. Deliverance from control by the kingdoms of the world
          4. The time of rest when the Lord will make His tabernacle with men (Leviticus 23:40; Leviticus 26:11-12; Revelation 21:3)
David Reagan

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 7:8

Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house,