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Geneva Notes/ Commentary on John 6:35-51

From the Geneva Notes on John 6:35-41

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.

Joh 6:37
6:37 {8} All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him
that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

(8) The gift of faith proceeds from the free election of the
Father in Christ, after which everlasting life necessarily
follows: therefore faith in Christ Jesus is a sure witness
of our election, and therefore of our glorification, which
is to come.

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

(k) See above in Joh 5:22.

Joh 6:40
6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one
which {l} seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have
everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

(l) Seeing and believing are joined together: for there is
another type of seeing which is general, which the
demons have, for they see: but here he speaks about
that type of seeing which properly belongs to the

Joh 6:41
6:41 {9} The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am
the bread which came down from heaven.

(9) Flesh cannot perceive spiritual things, and therefore the
beginning of our salvation comes from God, who changes our
nature, so that we, being inspired by him, may remain to be
instructed and saved by Christ.

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

(m) In the book of the prophets, for the Old Testament was
divided by them into three general parts: into the law,
the prophets, and the holy writings.
(n) That is, they will be children of the Church, for so
the prophet Isaiah expounds it in Is 54:13; that
is to say, ordained to life, \\see Geneva "Ac 13:48"\\,
and therefore the knowledge of the heavenly truth is
the gift and work of God, and does not rest in any
power of man.

Joh 6:46
6:46 Not that any man hath seen the Father, {o} save he which is
of God, he hath seen the Father.

(o) If only the Son has seen the Father, then it is only he
that can truly teach us and instruct us.

Joh 6:48
6:48 {10} I am that bread of life.

(10) The true use of sacraments is to ascend from them to the
thing itself, that is, to Christ: and by the partaking of
him alone we get everlasting life.

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

(p) He refers to himself when he speaks these words.

Joh 6:51
6:51 {11} I am the {q} living bread which came down from heaven:
if any man {r} 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.

(11) Christ being sent from the Father is the selfsame unto us
for the getting and keeping of everlasting life, as bread
and flesh, yea, meat and drink, are to the use of this
transitory life.
(q) Which gives life to the world.
(r) That is to say, whoever is truly a partaker of Christ,
who is our food.

Joh 6:52
6:52 {12} The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying,
How can this man give us [his] flesh to eat?

(12) Flesh cannot make a difference between fleshly eating,
which is done by the help of the teeth, and spiritual
eating, which consists in faith: and therefore it condemns
that which it does not understand: yet nonetheless, the
truth must be preached and taught.

Joh 6:53
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 {s} no life in you.

(s) If Christ is present, life is present, but when Christ
is absent, then death is present.

Joh 6:57
6:57 As {t} the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the
{u} Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.

(t) In that Christ is man, he receives that power which
quickens and gives life to those that are his, from his
Father: and he adds this word "the" to make a
distinction between his Father and all other fathers.
(u) Christ means that although he is man, yet his flesh can
give life, not by its own nature, but because his
flesh lives by the Father, that is to say, sucks and
draws out of the Father that power which it has to give

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