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Geneva Notes on John 6:26-35

Joh 6:26
6:26 {4} 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.

(4) They that seek the kingdom of heaven lack nothing:
nevertheless, the gospel is not the food of the stomach but
rather of the mind.

Joh 6:27
6:27 {d} Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that
meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of
man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father {e}
sealed.

(d) Bestow your labour and pain.
(e) That is, whom God the Father had distinguished from all
other men by planting his own power in him, as though
he had sealed him with his seal, so that he might be a
vivid example and representation of him: and furthermore
he installed him to this office, to reconcile us men to
God, and bring us to everlasting life, which office
belongs only to Christ.

Joh 6:28
6:28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might
work the {f} works of God?

(f) Which please God: for they think that everlasting life
depends upon the condition of fulfilling the law:
therefore Christ calls them back to faith.

Joh 6:29
6:29 {5} Jesus answered and said unto them, {g} This is the work
of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

(5) Men torment themselves in vain when they try to please God
without faith.
(g) That is, this is the work that God requires, that you
believe in me, and therefore he calls them back to
faith.

Joh 6:30
6:30 {6} They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou
then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou
work?

(6) The spiritual virtue of Christ is condemned by those that
desire earthly miracles.

Joh 6:32
6:32 {7} Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto
you, Moses gave you not {h} that bread from heaven; but my
Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.

(7) Christ, who is the true and only author and giver of
eternal life, was represented unto those in the Old
Testament by the manna.
(h) He denies that manna was the true heavenly bread, and
says that he himself is the true bread, because he
feeds the true and everlasting life. And as for
1Co 10:1-5, where Paul calls manna spiritual food,
it does not contradict what is said here, for Paul joins
the thing signified with the sign: but in this whole
disputation, Christ deals with the Jews after their own
opinion and conceit of the matter, who thought of the
manna only in terms of physical food.

Joh 6:35
6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread {i} of life: he
that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth
on me shall never thirst.

(i) Which has life and gives life.

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