It is not the words that he reports; that would merely have been a feat of memory. (68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? or to blank unbelief? Look at the Book. Who else could do that for the disciples? The manna discourse is filled with nuances that take time to understand. To have received eternal life from Christ makes it impossible to abandon Him. Answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? John’s Gospel is written in a way that mirrors this need to “abide” with Jesus. This is an important passage to meditate on and understand, since it sheds light on the meaning of the Lord's Supper. or to blank unbelief? [⇑ See verse text ⇑] Verses 68 and 69 are Peter's witness to Jesus' divinity; this is the third of seven such declarations in the gospel of John. 21) Text: John 6:28-68 Ok, so we’re in the Gospel of John, and we have a big chunk of text this morning, so I’m going to just get right in to it… The expression is not Johannine; but the idea of the Messiah as consecrated or set apart is found in John 10:36, . It is no ordinary assertion that Peter makes concerning Christ, when he says that he has the words of eternal life; but he ascribes this to Christ as belonging to him alone. Renagades are sure to die for it; when those that live by those lively oracles of the gospel shall live for ever. Thou hast the words of eternal life. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." The Roman law was, Transfugas, ubicunque inventi fuerint, quasi hostes interficere licet. Nay, we shall go upon our own death, upon hell’s mouth. There was no one else who could teach them. Browse Sermons on John 6:68-69. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. The language is multifaceted, so there is not a single meaning that one can digest and then walk away. You have the words of eternal life. Thou hast the words of eternal life.] Of all the traitorous names of history, Benedict Arnold, Quisling, etc., Judas heads the list. Words of eternal life—Peter might have said, Thou alone workest true divine miracles, and doubtless he so believed; and believed that the divinity in the miracles was full proof of the eternal life to be in his words; but it was the words of eternal life of which he truly stood in need. 69. Jesus was their Shepherd: "I am the good shepherd. Verses 68, 69. Life—life of soul and body—what is it; will it continue, or will it come to an end? The declaration, "Thou hast the words of eternal life,"—those which bring with them and give eternal life,—is the answer of the confessing Church to that of Christ, "The words which I have spoken unto you are spirit and are life," in ver. John also records Philip’s perplexity as to the feeding of the great crowd, and his little piece of mental arithmetic which showed so clearly the impossibility of a solution out of the disciples’ own resources. The Eventual Exposing of False Faith (John pt. The various groups of John 6 could be pictured with a Venn diagram, where there is a group of people who believe in Jesus for eternal life but choose not to follow Him (John 6:60, 66), and there is a group who follow Him but who do not believe in Him for eternal life (John 6:70-71), but there is one overlapping group of people who both believe in Him and follow Him (John 6:68-69). The Greek phrase ek toutou can mean "from this time" or "for this reason." There were no words of eternal life there. GR we have had faith and have known that. To whom? 57), where Christ had designated God as His Father. (1) ; “To whom shall we go away?” implying that they must attach themselves to some one as a teacher and mediator in divine things. 70a. Words of life are words which carry life with them. 1 … JST John 6:65 … except he doeth the will of my Father who hath sent me. 'We cannot deny that we have been staggered as well as they, and seeing so many go away who, as we thought, might have been retained by teaching a little less hard to take in, our own endurance has been severely tried, nor have we been able to stop short of the question, Shall we follow the rest, and give it up? Have you ever stopped to think about where they went? thou hast the words of eternal life. to the gods many and lords many of the heathen around us? Simon Peter answered in name of all, ’ . ', (68) Then Simon Peter answered.—The look may have been directed to Peter, or here, as elsewhere, his natural character makes him spokesman for the Twelve. 5 So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field e that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. See John 1:42; John 6:68; John 13:6; John 18:10, John 18:16; John 20:2, John 20:7; John 21:3, John 21:7, John 21:11, and notes on those passages. Peter was probably one of the oldest of the apostles, and it was his character to be first and most ardent in his professions. [see Logos Library System, Greek text translation John 6:49-58].. Another interesting Greek word is the verb menei/meno meaning "to remain or abide" [translated as "live" in the New Jerusalem translation] found in verses 56: Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives [menei] in me and I [live] in that person. Their conviction may be ours.—Let no one, be he teacher or not, step between us and our portion. TG Apostasy of Individuals. You have the words of eternal life. Could he go to Plato? John 17:8; Acts 5:20; Moses 6:59. You have words of life eternal, 69 and we have believed and known that you are the Christ, the Son of the living God. (1-4) A crowd gathers to Jesus near the Sea of Galilee. 4 Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and b baptizing more disciples than John 2 (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples), 3 he left Judea and departed c again for Galilee. One who could say to me, ‘It is I be not afraid,’ and to the storm, ‘Peace, be still,’ and to the power of evil, ‘Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further’; one who could fathom my perplexities, enlighten my darkness, and never misunderstand me; who could heal the sores of my conscience, rule my passions, and understand the groanings that I cannot utter; one who knows what the valley of death is, and would be with me there, and who can speak for me in the Day of Judgment, and receive me to glory. You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68). Thirdly, John tells us Judas is branded forever as the traitor above all others. 68.Peter answered—John was one of these twelve present on this occasion. Solid Joys. The declaration, "Thou art Christ," the Anointed, the bearer of the Spirit, is the answer of the confessing Church to that of Christ, "It is the Spirit that quickeneth,"—q.d., I make alive, because the Spirit is represented by Me. Even the common Jews expected the Messiah to come into the world, and to be a great Prophet. This is not a reference to the inner circle of twelve men; those men will be addressed in the next verse. 69 We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God. The peculiar expression, ὁ ἅγιος τοῦ θεοῦ, which has no root in the Old Testament, and only imperfect parallels in ὃν ὁ πατὴρ ἡγίασεν in John 10:36, and in 1 John 2:20, where Christ is designated as ὁ ἅγιος, has probably been introduced from Mark 1:24, where the possessed man says, οἶδά σε τίς εἶ, ὁ ἅγιος τοῦ θεοῦ (Origen has here υἱός, on the reverse, for ἅγιος), and from Luke 4:34. He shews them, says St. John Chrysostom, that he stood not in need of them, and so leaves them to their free choice. And Jesus mentions the resurrection four times: 39, 40, 44, 54. 2 And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased. Temptation to this there always has been of some sort. 66b. Barnes's John 6:68 Bible Commentary Simon Peter answered him - With characteristic ardor and promptness. (John 6:68-69) "Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Indeed, in chapter 20, we discover the reason that John wrote his gospel: these things are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, he wrote, and that by believing, ye might have life through His name. John 6:68-69 NIV Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? 3 And Jesus went up into a mountain, and ... Verses 6:68, 69. You have hthe words of eternal life, 69 and iwe have believed, and have come to know, that jyou are kthe Holy One of God.” He will help us in our journey to the eternal promised land.) There is no other Saviour, but Christ, to look to; no other Mediator between God and man, to make use of; no other physician of value, for diseased and sin sick souls to apply unto; no other fountain but his blood, for polluted souls to wash in, and be cleansed; no other city of refuge, or strong hold, for souls sensible of danger, to flee unto and be safe; no other to come to as the bread of life, where hungry souls may be fed; no other place of rest, for those that are weary and heavy laden; nor is there any other, where there is plenty of all grace, and security from every enemy, as in him: and therefore, to whom can they have recourse, but unto him? And striking is his speech. And he tells us that it was Andrew who brought the boy forward. 69 We have come to … Peter answers in the name of the Apostles, not, as Lampe supposes, "ex solito fervere, quo solebat alios praevertere," but as the called head and authorized mouthpiece of the Apostles, in the energy of the spirit of faith, on the ground of which this eminent position was assigned to him. (John 6:68-69) "Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? John 6:70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? The words, "To whom shall we go?" You have the words of eternal life. Thou hast ... - The meaning of this is, thou teachest the doctrines which lead to eternal life. not to the Scribes and Pharisees, whose leaven, or doctrine, Christ had bid them beware of; who taught for doctrines the commandments of men, and were blind leaders of the blind; nor to John the Baptist, who had declared he was not the Messiah; but had pointed him out to them in his person, as the son of God; and in his office as the Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of men; and perhaps, he might not be now living; and if he was, he would have encouraged them not to follow him, but abide with their master; so that there was no other, that was "better", as Nonnus expresses it, that they could go unto; and therefore it would be folly and madness in them to leave him: and as it was with Peter and the rest of the disciples, so it is with all sensible sinners, and true believers, who see there is no other to go to for life and salvation, but Christ; not to the law of Moses, which accuses, curses, and condemns, and by which there is neither life nor righteousness; nor to any creature, or creature performance, for there is a curse on him that trusts in man, and makes flesh his arm; nor to their own righteousness, which is impure and imperfect, and cannot justify before God, nor answer for them in a time to come; nor to their tears of repentance, which will not satisfy the law, atone for sins, or wash them away; nor to carnal descent, birth privileges, a religious education, sobriety, and civility, to trust to which, is to have confidence in the flesh, which will be of no avail; nor to ceremonial services, or moral duties, or even evangelical ordinances, neither of which can take away sin. John relates the miracle of feeding the multitude, for its reference to the following discourse. 68.] True, the Law also contains life, but because it denounces against all transgressors (177) the condemnation of eternal death, it can do nothing but kill. Simon Peter answered Him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? Other teachers may do good or not, but they will do no great harm so long as they do not keep men away from Christ, nor take men away, nor tempt them to go away. A most noble instance of implicit faith, involved in the explicit faith [faith involved in the faith evolved]. Thou hast the words; teachest the way of eternal life. 69b. Thou hast the words of eternal life;" and therefore art able to make good thy words, however hard and difficult they may appear to others. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] The Greek word translated "disciples" is this verse is mathētōn, meaning "students." John 6:69 And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. 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