Jesus is like bread for the hungry and water for the thirsty – the only one who can meet your spiritual need

John Piper preaching in the gospel of John.  John 6:27-40 – “Behold, Believe, Be Raised”

“Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” 28 Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” 30 So they said to him, “Then what sign do you do, that we may see and believe you? What work do you perform? 31 Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” 32 Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” 35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”    John 6:27-40

 

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About Ken Temple

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am a sinner who has been saved by the grace of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), through faith alone (Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:28; 4:1-16), in Christ alone (John 14:6). But a true faith does not stay alone, it should result in change, fruit, good works, and deeper levels of repentance and hatred of my own sins of selfishness and pride. I am not better than you! I still make mistakes and sin, but the Lord is working on me, conforming me to His character. (Romans 8:28-29; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18) When I do sin, I hate the sin as it is an affront to God, and seek His forgiveness in repentance. (Mark 1:15; 2 Corinthians 7:7-10; Colossians 3:5-16 ) Praise God for His love for sinners (Romans 5:8), shown by the voluntary coming of Christ and His freely laying down His life for us (John 10:18), becoming flesh/human (John 1:1-5; 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8), dying for sins of people from all nations, tribes, and cultures (Revelation 5:9), on the cross, in history, rising from the dead (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 28, Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 20-21; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). His resurrection from the dead proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal Son of God, the word of God from eternity past; and that He was all the gospels say He was and that He is truth and the life and the way to salvation. (John 14:6)
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4 Responses to Jesus is like bread for the hungry and water for the thirsty – the only one who can meet your spiritual need

  1. θ says:

    Jesus can’t foresee the unbelief of Jews whose belly is fed and filled with a miracle of loaves of bread. Due to mortal ignorance of the future and of what Jews concealed, Jesus sounds very disappointed afterward after feeding them.
    It is the proof that Jesus is not divine nor a god.
    Jn 6
    26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.

    Although Jews call Jesus “Lord” yet Jesus says they don’t believe. Hence, a belief in “Jesus is Lord” is not needed.
    However, certain desperate Trinitarians may argue those Jews turn calling Jesus “Jehovah” (Lord, Adonay), but ironically Jesus denies their belief. It is the proof that Jesus is not divine nor a god.
    Jn 6
    34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.36 But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.

    Jesus says the flesh doesn’t profit, hence his crucifixion is not needed for the saving belief. By that, Jesus assures the sacrifice is not profitable.
    Jn 6
    62 What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?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.

    In order to be resurrected in the future by his voice under God’s will, Jesus just requires the believing Jews to have a set of simple beliefs:
    (i) Jesus is sent by God.
    (ii) his title “Son of Man” is highly figurative, it refers instead to the “quickened Spirit” that can descend down and ascends up, rather than a piece of unprofitable flesh on the cross.
    (iii) his title “Bread from Heaven” refers to his voice under God’s will who shall revive the chosen believers in Judgment Day.
    (iv) his title “Bread of Life” refers to dependence of Jesus’ life to God, that he lives by God. Certainly it is a rebuttal for the Trinitarian co-equality between God and Son.
    (v) Eating his unprofitable flesh means believing in his profitable words instead, that the words he speaks are life and spirit.

    How many will does God of the Trinity have? Two. But Jehovah has only one will.
    Jn 6
    38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
    vs.
    Job 23
    13 But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.

  2. θ says:

    On John 5.
    – Dubious story.
    Jn 5
    16 And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.

    What Jesus does, actually? Saying some suggestive words “get up and walk” is not a work. Even Jesus doesn’t a bit touch a lame one.
    Hence it’s a very dubious narrative – perhaps a fabrication – that opens John 5. It depicts how Jews are so irrational to have blamed Jesus for such “a Sabbath violation” which he doesn’t do, rather it is committed by a lame person. After getting healed, man walks around carrying up a bed upon his shoulder, hence actually the guilt (of working on Sabbath day) is supposed to be upon man, not on Jesus.

    – Defense of Jesus.
    Jesus refuses Jewish accusation of making himself equal with God.
    Jn 5
    18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God. 19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

    Hence, if Jesus were divine or a god as Trinitarians say, actually the moment Jews accused him would have been the best perfect time or opportunity to concur, proclaim, and announce himself to them that he is indeed their God.
    But he doesn’t. Rather, he says he is nothing:
    (i) Jesus defines “Son” as a person who can do nothing. The Son is not omnipotent by nature, hence he is not divine.
    (ii) Jesus implies he is “forced” (against his will) to see what the Father does. Hence, being unable to exert even his wills on himself, actually the Son is not even a “real person”. At most, Jesus is just a vessel.
    (iii) Jesus infers he is “forced” (against his will) to do what the Father does.

    – Jesus mentions John, Scriptures of Prophets, and Moses for his help.
    Jn 5
    33 Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth.39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are They which testify of me.45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.

    Jesus’ response clearly proves his mortal status. As simple comparison, Jehovah doesn’t need 3 sources to convince Jews when sending Moses. Jesus needs to mention John, Scriptures of Prophets, even Moses to convince Jews, yet they don’t believe him.

    Similarly, Jesus is bound to Moses’ Law of verifying the witness, but Jehovah is not.
    Jn 5
    31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.

    – Jesus tries to repeat again the “Name” persuasion.
    Jn 5
    43 I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

    Certainly, it is a typical persuasion which resembles the old way “I am that I am” Moses used, that Jehovah is the eternal One. On the contrary, Jesus openly confesses that his life is given by Jehovah. It is proof that Jesus is not divine, not a god, not even Jehovah.
    Jn 5
    26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so *hath he given* to the Son to have life in himself;
    In Greek, it is “Hosper gar ho Pater echei zoen en heauto houto kai to Huio edoken zoen echein en heauto.”
    Phrase “Edoken Zoen” means “hath he given life.”
    How can Jesus’ life be something given by Jehovah?

    – Physical appearance.
    Jehovah is unseen, whereas Jesus is visible.
    Jn 5
    37 Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.

    God’s face shall be seen when everyone gets incorruptible body. It will occur at the time of Last trumpet, when God judges all works from the Great White Throne.
    God’s face shall be visible on the day of Judgment in light of Rev 22:4.
    Rev 22
    4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
    Zech 9
    14 And the LORD shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the Lord GOD shall blow the trumpet.

    No man is able to behold God’s face on the earth alive. But the Lamb’s face will be seen by all men when he descends on Mount Sion per Rev 14:1.
    On other occasion, the world shall see him upon a white horse, per Rev 19:12.
    Rev 14
    1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand.
    Rev 19
    11 Behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns;

    – Apparent contradiction: judging or not judging?
    Jn 5
    22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:

    According to Trinitarians, in Gen 19:24 the Father rains down Sodomites with the fire out of Heaven, and the Son rains down with brimstone from the earth. In their way to show many Jehovahs, Trinitarians contradict John 5:22.
    Also:
    1Pet 1
    17 The Father, who without respect of persons, judgeth according to every man’s work.

    – Honor.
    Does Jesus demand Jews in their temple to treat him equal with the Father on receiving the honor? No. The use of a specific Greek word “Kathos” in John’s Gospel doesn’t refer to the equal measure by nature, but just similarity in resemblance.
    Jn 5
    23 That all men should honour the Son, even as [Kathos] they honour the Father.

    Jn 17
    11 They may be one, as [Kathos] we are.
    14 They are not of the world, even as [Kathos] I am not of the world.
    18 As [Kathos] thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
    21 They all may be one; as [Kathos] thou, Father art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us.
    22 Glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as [Kathos] we are one.
    23 Thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as [Kathos] thou hast loved me.

  3. θ says:

    It is inferred by the Bible that Adam was supposed to eat the fruits of “Tree of Life” for his eternal life. So it means actually it is not Jesus’ power, but rather indirectly a heavenly consumption that can bestow a desirable eternal life to the mortals.

    In Greek tongue, it is called “ambrosia” (drink or food for immortality).
    Gen 3
    22 Now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever.

  4. θ says:

    Ontology vs. Nature.
    Once upon a time, Adam’s rib was taken to create a new female in the image of angels, and she was named Eve. Is Eve co-equal by nature to Adam? No. Despite being made of his rib, Adam is still more higher than Eve as her head.

    How many persons are there to appear after one of Adam’s ribs was taken to make Eve? Two.
    Adam is human.
    Eve is human.

    Despite being one in nature, Eve is not counted as Adam’s daughter, but his wife.

    How many agents are involved in the creation of Eve? Three.
    Adam, whose rib is source of a female human.
    Angels, who are by nature a spirit, but whose act has given the female’s head the angelic glory.
    Dust or the earthy images, from which human’s flesh is made of.

    De facto, by nature both Adam and angels are two agents (vessels, mediums) in the creation of women. The Woman was made directly of a Man’s rib. But this doesn’t mean Adam is a god.

    From the ontological sense, the Woman’s head is made by the acts of angels, but this doesn’t mean that angels are gods.

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