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John - Lesson 11 - John Chapter 6:37-71

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Memory verse for this week: John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God..


In the first part of John Chapter 6, Jesus performed one of the greatest miracles of his ministry when he fed approximately 15,000 people by starting with only five barley loaves and two fishes. But as we discussed last week, a little with the Lord can go a long, long way our Lord and Savior. As we closed the lesson last week, we were discussing how that Jesus is the true bread of life. We that will partake of the true bread with never hunger spiritually.



John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

A lot of deep discussion has been made about man’s free will and the election of the saints. While election, pre-destination, and the fore-knowledge of God are very deep and difficult subjects to comprehend, we see here that Jesus states that all that will come to Him for salvation will be saved. That means that by faith any man or woman can be saved. Does God have the fore-knowledge to know who will be saved? Yes, He does. Does that eliminate our responsibility to preach the gospel to a lost and dying world? Absolutely not. It is by the preaching of the Gospel that we become convicted of our sins and turn with faith and repentance to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Rom 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Rom 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

Rom 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

I really enjoyed the comments that J. Vernon McGee made on this verse. "The 37th verse is a very important verse.  There is a theological argument that rages

today on election or free will. There are some people who put all their eggs in the basket of election. There are others who put all their eggs in the basket of free will. I’m not proposing to reconcile the two because I have discovered that I cannot. If you had met me the year that I entered the seminary, or the year I graduated, I could have reconciled them for you. I never have been as smart as I was my first year and last year in seminary. I knew it all then, I could reconcile election and free will, and it was a marvelous explanation. Now I’ve even forgotten what it was. It was pretty silly, if you want to know the truth. Election and free will are both in this verse. "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me" states a truth, and that is election. But wait a minute! "And him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out" is also true, and "Him that cometh" is free will. I don’t know how to reconcile them, but they are both true. The Father gives men to Christ, but men have to come. And the ones that come are the ones, apparently, whom the Father gives to Him. You and I are down here, and we don’t see into the machinery of Heaven. I don’t know how God runs that computer of election, but I know that He has given to you and me a free will and we have to exercise it. Because Spurgeon preached a "whosoever will" gospel, someone said to him "If I believed like you do about election, I wouldn’t preach like you do." Spurgeon’s answer was something like this, "If the Lord had put a yellow stripe down the backs of the elect, I’d go up and down the street lifting up shirttails, finding out who had the yellow stripe, and then I’d give them the gospel. But God didn’t do it that way. He told me to preach the gospel to every creature that "whosoever will may come." So my friend, you can argue about election all you want to, but you can come, And if you come, He’ll not cast you out.

 John 6:38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

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.

If Jesus ever was determined about one specific thing, it was this. He wanted to do the Father’s Will above all other things. When our hearts are tender and we are walking in close fellowship with the Father, our goal will be the same. We see that the Father’s Will for us is to be saved. And when we are saved, we are secure in Christ’s hand. "All that he hath given me I should lose nothing." Thank the Lord it is not up to us to keep our salvation, but it is in the Lord’s hands. Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith.

Eph 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

John 10:29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.

John 10:30 I and my Father are one.


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.

God wants all of us to be saved. And all that will come to Jesus will be. And the Father’s Will is for us to be saved, and for us to be resurrected in the first resurrection. When will that be? We believe it will be just prior to the beginning of the Tribulation period. Jesus will come in the rapture of the church, and all that are dead and saved will come out of the graves, and we that are remaining will also be taken up. And while the tribulation goes on for 7 years, we will be watching. And after the battle of Armageddon, Jesus will setup His Millennial Kingdom for 1,000 years and rule here on earth. At the end of the Millennial reign, will come the two judgements.

Mat 18:14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

2 Pet 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

1 Cor 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

1 Cor 15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

1 Cor 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

We can see clearly that by verse 40 that God entrusted Christ with the work of protecting our salvation. And I praise God that even Satan himself can not separate us from the love of God.

Rom 8:36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

Rom 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

Rom 8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

Rom 8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


II. Salvation is Wholly of God

John 6:41 The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven.

John 6:42 And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven?

John 6:43 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves.

John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

We see that the Jews simply could not comprehend this teaching about Jesus being the bread of life. They knew of how God fed the Israelites with manna from heaven, but they could not relate to Jesus being the true bread sent down from the Father. They reason that Jesus is not from God… they know his earthly mother and father. But Jesus’s real father was not Joseph, but God.

Mat 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

Mat 1:19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.

Mat 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

Mat 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Mat 1:22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

Mat 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Mat 1:24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:

Mat 1:25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

No other person was ever born of a virgin… only Jesus. Jesus told them not to murmur among themselves… unless God drew them to Him, they would not be saved. This goes back to the election of God. It is difficult to understand, but salvation is truly wholly a total gift of God. Even the faith to believe has to be given to us after the Holy Spirit draws us to Christ. We still have to accept, but we have nothing to boast of. Salvation is a free gift from God.

Rom 5:15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

Rom 5:16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.

Rom 5:17 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

Rom 5:18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

Rom 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.


John 6:45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.

John 6:46 Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.

Jesus did not come just after one preached that he would come. (John the Baptist.) But the scriptures testified all through the Old Testament that Jesus would come, and the prophets foretold who and where he would be born. But even with all this prophecy, they overlooked the suffering

Servant who loved them so much.

Isa 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Isa 7:15 Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.

Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

John 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

John 6:48 I am that bread of life.

John 6:49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.

John 6:50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.

John 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

John 6:52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?

Who can we believe? Jesus was God Himself, manifested in the flesh. We can believe Him, and when he says that when we believe we have everlasting life, I believe Him. Everlasting does not mean until I balance my good works against my bad or get baptized, or do some other thing such as wash the disciples’ feet. We can work all of our lives, and still not be saved. But when we know Jesus as Savior, HE gives us the eternal life.

Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

John 6:53 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.

John 6:54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

John 6:55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.

John 6:56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.

John 6:57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.

John 6:58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.

We see some difficult things being taught here. It is crucial that we realize that this is symbolism, just like the "Living Water" that Jesus gave to the Samaritan woman at the well. We have religious groups teaching that when we partake of the Lord’s Supper, that the wafer of bread turns into the actual flesh of Christ and the wine (grape juice) turns into His blood. While both of the two symbolize the body and blood of Christ, they are not the literal body and blood of Jesus. As Moses proclaimed on Mt. Sinai years ago, "The life is in the blood." This has been proven scientifically, but it is for certain the truth regarding spiritual life. Without the shed blood of Christ, no one would have their sins forgiven. Just as those that ate of the manna in the wilderness and lived, all that "eat" of the bread of life will not perish. When they ate of the manna, it was temporal. But they that partake of Christ.. it is life eternal. Remember the 4th verse of John 1.. "In Him was life, and the life was the light of men." 

John 6:59 These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.

John 6:60 Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?

John 6:61 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?

John 6:62 What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?

John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

John 6:64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.

John 6:65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.

Jesus taught where ever he was. He went to the Jews in the Synagogue, and he preached the gospel in the mountains. We ought to be so ready to give an account of the hope that is within us where ever we may be. The disciples said that the teaching on the bread of life was a hard saying. Sometimes the things of God are difficult, but sometimes when we don’t understand, we just have to accept it by faith. The bible says that is impossible to please God without faith. Jesus tries to reason with them in simple terms, relating how that the spirit was the thing which brings forth truth. If all we listen to are things that pacify the flesh, what have we gained? Many today are gathering in churches and hearing "soft things" that will entertain. Sin will most likely not be mentioned, much less preached against. But if the Word of God is not proclaimed, Jesus is not glorified. If we don’t hate sin, how can we truly love God? We should hate the things God hates, and love the things He loves. And to do righteousness, to obey the commandments, to help our fellow brother and sister, and most importantly preach the Gospel… these are the things that glorify the Lord. Jesus explains that no man can come unto Him unless the Holy Spirit draws them. That is why we should preach the Gospel simple and plain, and not be surprised when many do not accept it. Many rejected Jesus Himself, and the reality is that no one will ever be saved without the leadership and drawing of the Holy Spirit. If we could, we could boast. But it is all of God.

John 6:66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

John 6:67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?

John 6:68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.

John 6:69 And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.

John 6:70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?

John 6:71 He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.

It says that after this, many of the disciples went back and walked no more with Him. That is sad, but we need to never worry about the others. If we know Jesus, we need to be like Simon Peter. If all others turn back, we will still stay. Simon Peter said that he knew who Jesus was… the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Praise the Lord that God had opened their eyes to the truth. And Jesus said, "I have chosen you 12, and one of you is a devil." I heard teaching this week that Judas Iscariot would be the Anti-Christ, because he was called the "son of perdition." I don’t see how that makes a lot of sense, sense it talked about the power of the beast and Anti-Christ coming from Satan. (not being Satan.) Just as Judas Iscariot was not Satan himself, neither will the Anti-Christ be Satan. But what power the Anti-Christ will wield due to the Devil.


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Prov 4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.



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