Father Draws Us
The Father draws us to himself. He wants us to place our faith in Him so we may live with Him forever. We have to trust and receive Him.
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41. The Jews. “In this Gospel, the term Jews is often associated with hostility toward Christ. It is used ironically to indicate the incongruity of their rising hostility toward Christ.” (MacArthur, John, The MacArthur Bible Commentary. [Nashville, Thomas Nelson Inc., 2005], 1375)
This is because He said, “I am the bread which came down from heaven.” “The Jews’ anger centered in two things: (1) that Jesus said He was the bread and (2) that He came down from heaven.” (MacArthur, 1375)
42. “He came down from heaven’s glory; He stepped down from the throne to ascend the cross for you and for me.” (McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume IV: [Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983], 406)
They “asked, ‘Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph’? They thought they knew His father and His mother, but He is not the son of Joseph. He came down from heaven.” (McGee, 406)
43. Ever talk among yourselves? The Jews were doing that!
Taught of God
44. “The word translated ‘draw’ is drag. That is divine election. You ask me to explain it? I can’t explain it at all, friend; I just know that you have a free will and you can exercise it. God holds you responsible for it, and you know you are responsible. You know right now you can come or not come. It’s up to you.” (McGee, 406)
45. “Jesus further explained how the sinner can come to God: it is through the truth of the Word. The Father draws the sinner by His word.” (Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary New Testament Volume 1 Matthew-Galatians. [Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2004], 312) Isaiah 54:13 Jeremiah 31:33-34.
“It is through the teaching of the Word that God draws people to the Savior…The sinner hears, learns, and comes as the Father draws him. A mystery? Yes! A blessed reality? Yes!” (Wiersbe, 312)
The Word of God is in the Bible. We are to read the Bible.
46. “The One who has seen the Father is the Lord Jesus Christ.” (McGee, 407)
47. “‘He who believes on Me has everlasting life.’ It can’t be said any more clearly.” (McGee, 407)
“Salvation is never achieved apart from the drawing power of God, and it is never consummated apart from the willingness of humans to hear and learn from God.” (Borchert, Gerald L., The New American Commentary Volume 25A, John 1-11. [Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2002], 268)
48. “Jesus offered the gospel of himself as the bread-eating metaphor persisted.” [Max Anders and Kenneth O. Gangel (2012). HNTC Vol. 04: John. [B&H Publishing Group.] Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]
49. “Israelites who ate the manna in the desert died; it was only physical bread designed to sustain their lives on earth a bit longer.” [Max Anders and Kenneth O. Gangel (2012). HNTC Vol. 04: John. [B&H Publishing Group.] Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]
50. “But the living bread is not like that; it provides eternal life” [Max Anders and Kenneth O. Gangel (2012). HNTC Vol. 04: John. [B&H Publishing Group]. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]
“There was no cost to God in sending the manna each day, but He gave His Son at great cost. The Jews had to eat the manna every day, but the sinner who trusts Christ once is given eternal life.” (Wiersbe, 313)
51. “Jesus refers here prophetically to His impending sacrifice upon the cross (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24). Jesus voluntarily laid down His life for evil, sinful mankind (10:18; 1 John 2:2).” (MacArthur, 1376)
This “is a declaration that the Son of God will give Himself as a sacrifice ‘for the life of the world.’ The substitutionary dead of Jesus Christ is a key doctrine in John’s gospel.” (Wiersbe, 313)
Life in You
52. “Once again the perplexity of the Jews indicates that they failed to understand the spiritual truth behind Jesus’ illustration…The Jews, unable to go beyond the mere physical perspective, were perplexed and angered.” (MacArthur, 1376)
53. “That means to partake of Him spiritually, which is more real that a physical partaking.” (McGee, 407)
54-58. “The means of gaining life is there identified not as eating drinking but as seeing and believing.” (Borchert, 272)
“Jesus’ point was an analogy that has spiritual, rather than literal, significance: just as eating and drinking are necessary for physical life, so also is belief in His sacrificial death on the Cross necessary for eternal life.” (MacArthur, 1376)
“Jesus’ reference to eating and drinking was not referring to the ordinance of Communion for two significant reasons: (1) Communion had not been instituted yet, and (2) if Jesus was referring to Communion, the passage would teach that anyone partaking of Communion would receive eternal life.” (MacArthur, 1376)
“Believing in Jesus’ life poured out for the world is the genuine or authentic foundation for our lives as Christians.” (Borchert, 272)
“Jesus is giving His life. He will shed His blood upon the cross and give His life. Salvation is by accepting and receiving Him in a most intimate way.” (McAfee, 407)
Have you accepted Jesus as your Personal Savior?
59. Jesus said these things in the synagogue in Capernaum.
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Borchert, Gerald L., The New American Commentary Volume 25A, John 1-11. Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2002
Max Anders and Kenneth O. Gangel (2012). HNTC Vol. 04: John. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com
McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume IV: Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983
MacArthur, John, The MacArthur Bible Commentary. Nashville, Thomas Nelson Inc., 2005
Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary New Testament Volume 1 Matthew-Galatians. Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2004