THE LIVING BREAD, #555
"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." (JOH 6:51)
Our living Saviour told the Jews in verse 37. "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out." It is so blessed to understand what He means: "him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out." We must understand that He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. However, in verse 42 the Jews "murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven."
I want to direct your attention to the interesting connection we read of in EST 4:11. "All the kings servants, and the people of the kings provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or woman, shall come unto the king into the inner court, who is not called, there is one law of his to put him to death, except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, that he may live."
Christ is the King of kings. In JOH 6:37 He is saying that He is holding out the golden scepter to all men. "Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out."
Christ began to preach the gospel of the kingdom saying, "Repent." The gospel of the kingdom, the good news is that the golden scepter is extended to all mankind. Every human being can come and cast himself before the King of kings and reach out and touch that golden scepter and live.
We can come under that golden scepter of the Lord Jesus Christ because the good news of the gospel of the kingdom has been proclaimed. "And him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out."
What a blessed consolation there is for those who are concerned, "Can I come to Christ?"
The fault clearly lies with the will of man. It is not with our Saviour's revelation that we see in JOH 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."
The reason we cant come to Him is because we will not. It is not because we cannot. There is only one reason why we cannot. It is because our will is corrupted, and we are not willing to come. Theres not one soul who has ever cast himself before the Saviours feet, seeking for mercy, but what the golden scepter has been extended to him. They may come under His kingship.
We may come into His service if our will has been renewed. That we desire to come to the light. That we are able to come and reveal our sins before His face, confess them and ask for a pardon.
Now, as we have pointed out, there is only one reason why a man cannot come without the Father's drawing. That is because Christ is the light, and our deeds are evil, and when we come to Christ, the light of the gospel shining into our hearts calls for repentance--immediately. When our hearts are rebellious and refuse to repent, refusing to change the spirit of our mind and turn from bitterness and hatred against God to serving Him from a motive of love, it is because Christs light shines in the soul. This reveals our rebellious hearts.
There are so many false visions of peoples attitudes of what constitutes heaven. Lets see what we read about heaven in REV 21:23-24. "And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it [thats what separates the sheep from the goats]: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it."
Are we walking in the light of Christ? That light that shines in our hearts. Are we walking in that light? Theres the separation. "The nations of them that are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it."
In other words, they honor the Lamb by their walk of life. They bring their honor and their glory into the light. It is all for the purpose of serving the King of kings.
Now, those gates of heaven are not closed to any person. This is so important that we understand that we dont become so fatalistic, that we cannot come because we are going to wait for God to do something. You see those gates are open. They are not closed to any person. There is only one thing that will prevent you from entering those gates of heaven and that is the light. When the light shines in your hearts and you have unrepented sins that make it that you cannot come to the light. Thats the only thing that will hold you out.
We read in REV 21:25-26. "And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it."
The gates are never shut. You never have to worry about what time of day it is whether we can come before the gates of heaven and whether we will find them closed. The gates of heaven are opened wide enough that any sinner can enter in. The greatest and the chiefest of all sinners can enter into the gates. No person is barred because he has sinned too greatly.
I want you to see 1TI 1:15. "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief."
The Apostle Paul saw himself as the chiefest of sinners. Why? He had persecuted the church. He had brought blasphemy on Christ. He had hailed people into jail unto death. He says that he was the chief sinner. No person needs to despair because he is too great a sinner. There is no such thing.
Our fallen nature as sinners does not bar us from the gates of heaven, but unrepented sin does bar us. Unrepented sin is the only thing that will hold you out of heaven. The gates of heaven are open wide enough to admit the chiefest of sinners, but they are too narrow to admit one sin. Sin cannot enter the gates of heaven. We must come to the light and confess our sins. We must be delivered from our sins and walk in the light if we want to enter the gates of heaven.
Now I want you to see REV 21:27. "And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth." One sin will never enter heaven. You will never get through those gates with a heart filled with bitterness, with a heart of lust, or with a heart filled with sin. We must be delivered from those sins. We must be able to walk in the light, in the way of gospel obedience. You and I are not capable of legal obedience. Only Christ has ever performed perfect legal obedience, perfect satisfaction of the law. Gospel obedience means that we repent and have remorse over every sin and we have a desire to be cleansed from sin.
Verse 27 continues, "And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life." What does it mean to make a lie? You can tell a truth and not tell the whole truth, and you make a lie. You can use truth out of context and make a lie. The Word of God is true. If you take the Word of God out of its context, you make a lie.
"Neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie" can enter in. There is no salvation outside of the work of grace and repentance. The Lord Jesus Christ says, "Repent or perish." The gospel of today will preach an atonement, justification by the blood of Christ, and they dont preach repentance. They leave it as though you can continue in sin that grace may abound. They tell a lie and make a lie.
Now we need not bother our mind about whether or not we are among the elect. How many people go on and on and worry whether or not they are among the elect. This is not where we should be concerned. We should not be concerned whether or not we have been drawn by the Father--we need to examine our hearts to determine what it is that we feed upon.
That is what we need to examine. What is it that you and I are feeding upon? Are we feeding upon bitterness, malice and hypocrisy? Are we feeding upon the pride of life, the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh? Is this what we feed upon? If we do, we will find that when we come to the light we will not be able to enter the gates. If that is how we leave this world, it is too late to repent. We need to examine what do we feed upon?
Our text says in JOH 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."
Is this what we feed upon? Do we feed upon the Lord Jesus Christ? Do we understand that unleavened bread of sincerity and truth? Do we feed upon walking in the footsteps of Christ? Do we feed upon the holy Word of God? "The Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh." (JOH 1:1, 14a) Do we feed upon the Word of God? Is that our meat and our drink?
We must examine our own hearts for the evidence of whether we are feeding upon Christ, or the husks, which the swine leave. This is how we can examine whether or not we have come to Christ. Whether or not we are coming to Christ, whether or not we truly believe in Him should be our concern. We may not worry our minds about whether or not we are elect.
We need to govern our life and our hope by the revealed will of God. And the revealed will of God is, "I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever." In other words, if thats what we feed upon, if this is where our hearts are fed, we will live forever.
We read in JOH 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."
We are talking about two separate appetites theneating and drinking. I have explained before that you can sit alongside the river of the most beautiful, cleanest, clearest water and die of starvation. Or you can sit next to the most scrumptious food and die of thirst. These two separate appetites are equally co-essential -eating and drinking.
The blood of Christ is symbolized by wine. The process of making wine starts when grape juice is put into a container, and after the sediment settles to the bottom, the wine is poured off. And it is again emptied from vessel into vessel and the sediments, the dregs, are left behind. The process is a process of purification. The sediments settle out, which are called the dregs or the leaves, and the wine is poured off, and the dregs are left behind. This process of making wine is symbolic of the blood of Christ. It is symbolic of sanctification.
What do you and I need? We need not only the broken body of Christ to take away the penalty of our sins, but we need the blood of Christ to cleanse us from sin. See, we need that process of purification. There is a fountain open for all sin and uncleanness and that is the fountain of His blood. Salvation is only a partial salvation if we dont have both.
Now, what is it that feeds our appetite? What is it that feeds your appetite? What is it that you feed upon? Can you spend week after week and day after day and moment after moment feeding on the things of this life? Or do you have a hunger? Do you have a vacuum? Do you have an empty place in your soul that can be filled with nothing except the Lord Jesus Christ? That blessed image of God was removed when we fell in Adam, and it left an aching void. So many people today fill that aching void with pleasure or with drunkenness or with whatever it takes, but can you fill it with anything but Christ? What is your appetite? Can we drink of the cup of iniquity, and can we relish its flavor?
I want you to see the reward of the sins of Jerusalem in EZE 23:31-33. "Thou hast walked in the way of thy sister; therefore will I give her cup into thine hand. [The cup we drink from distinguishes our walk. What cup are we drinking from?] Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou shalt drink of thy sister's cup deep and large thou shalt be laughed to scorn and had in derision; it containeth much. Thou shalt be filled with drunkenness and sorrow, with the cup of astonishment and desolation, with the cup of thy sister Samaria." Are we drinking of that cup? Or do we find that the feeding upon of the things of Christ satisfies us?
Why? Because Jerusalem walked in the ways of Samaria, they had the same portion. What is your portion?
It is so important to recognize the distinction Jesus made between manna, and the living bread. Look at JOH 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."
Sometimes we take some of the most common words into the original Greek and then all of a sudden the light comes on and we understand what Christ is saying. Now, would anyone think that we would have to go to the dictionary to find what the word eat means? Its a very common word, and notice that distinction that is clearly revealed in the original language, when we go into the word eat. The distinction goes back into the Greek where we find that Jesus used two entirely different words to describe the eating of manna, and feeding upon his living bread.
Two totally different words, even though in the English it comes across "did eat" and "he that eatest." They are two totally different words in the original.
"Your fathers did eat [the Greek word for that is phago (fago)] manna" and "he that eateth is [trogo (tro-go), a totally different word] of this bread shall live forever."
Now with reference to the Jews contention, we have to understand the verb phago (fa-go) means "to eat up--to devour." So He says, they did eat up or devour manna. In other words, it was to satisfy a carnal appetite, but the verb trogo (tro-go) means "to feed upon."
Theres quite a distinction here. It is "you feed upon the bread of life." You put it in your mouth and you use it, and you relish it and you feed upon it and it is a continual feeding throughout your entire life.
Great distinction just in those two words. Now we start to understand what the Lord is telling us about that manna that came down and they ate it. They devoured it. In other words, it was for feeding a carnal appetite, but they died.
Jesus says, "He that feeds upon the bread of life will live forever." It is a continual feeding. The description of it in the Greek is that you chew upon it, you munch upon it and you feed upon it. It is something that you have to do continually to satisfy your appetite.
Now with reference to the Jews contention in JOH 6:31, "Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat." Jesus distinguishes this as eating to satisfy the carnal appetite. There was no spiritual meat in it for them because of unbelief.
"Your fathers did eat [phago] manna," which means "to eat it up--to devour it" but "he that eateth [trogo] of this bread shall live forever."
Those who feed upon the bread of life will live forever. Now, this teaches us that what we feed upon is our evidence that we have come to Jesus Christ and believed upon Him for our salvation.
Notice that John 6:29 says, "This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent." That word believe, and as we see in verse 36, "But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not." Then we get into verse 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." In each instance this believing or eating are parallel.
Eat of this bread of life. In other words, believing means to feed upon the will of God, to delight to do His will. They are synonymous. If you have believed upon Him, come under His dominion, have fallen before Him and reached out and touched the golden scepter, you have come under His kingship.
JOH 6:40 says, "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." That is the will of the Father.
Now, as our appetite for the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth is kindled by the teaching of the Father, we can no longer feed upon the leaven of malice and hypocrisy. It is a blessed thing when you and I learn to understand the distinction between the revealed will of God and the secret will of God.
I read an article one time about Mr. Spurgeon, and it explained how he came to the doctrines of grace. It explained that in the early part of his calling, he did everything on his own. He hungered, he thirsted, he desired, he obeyed. He came to Christ, but after he matured, after he began to understand the doctrines of grace, he began to understand that it was the Lord who gave him the desire. He began to understand that it was the Lord who taught him. He began to understand that it was all of the Lord. Now that didnt mean that he had to take his salvation and throw it all away. He just began to understand the richness of it. He began to see and to understand that it was the Lord who had drawn him and had taught him and had caused him to desire. The Lord had given him both to will and to do.
We start to mature in grace and the teaching of the Father kindles our appetites for the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. It is as the Father teaches.
Thats what we read in verse 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."
When the Father starts opening our understanding, we begin to see and to understand the sinfulness of sin. We start to see and to understand the gift of God. As we start to see and to understand these things, we act upon them, by faith.
Why? The Father drew us. Now we dont sit back and say, "Im going to wait for the Father to draw." We act upon the impulse, the emotions that the Holy Spirit works in our hearts. We reach out, and we take the bread of life by faith.
I want you to see how this leavened bread of malice and hypocrisy is purged out. You do it. We dont plead inability and say, "Well now it has to be given." No. You and I are charged with the responsibility, but it is the enabling grace of God that gives us the desire to do it.
Look at 1CO 5:7-8. "Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. [That is a command, you act upon it, you obey that command with the enabling grace of God.] For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth."
What are we feeding upon? Are we feeding upon the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth or are we feeding upon the old leaven of malice and hypocrisy? We need to examine our hearts. Theres where our evidence lies. Heres an amazing thing. As a result of the fall, we all hate God. As a result of the fall, we are at enmity against God. We are not subject to His law, neither indeed can be. When you feel a hungering desire in your heart to serve the Lord, it is the Spirit of God that put it there, because by nature, we hate God. By nature, we will not want Him to reign as king over us. When we come to where we have a desire, and we can come before the Lord, we can ask Him to give us to understand and to know His will. It is the work of grace that puts it there. It is the drawing power of the Father that brought us there.
Now, as we are taught by the Father to feed upon "Christ our passover [which] is sacrificed for us," i.e., that "unleavened bread of sincerity and truth," we learn to recognize sin in its true character. Then we learn to understand how that sin separates us from God. Then we learn to see how God is so displeased with sin. Then we learn to see the pollution of sin, and then we desire to be cleansed from our sin.
That is what we find with the prodigal son in LUK 15:18, when he saw his depravity and his poverty. He said: "I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee." See, that is the work of grace. Until the Lord opened his eyes and he came to himself, he would never have put together such a well-planned repentance. He would have never come to himself had it not been that the Lord gave him to see his poverty. He gave him to see the nakedness of the world.
We begin to learn the gospel obedience of the Father, i.e., to see our total helplessness to keep the law in a legal sense. Gospel obedience gives us the understanding that outside of Christs perfect obedience, we are of all men most miserable.
Then we have a desire as we see in ROM 7:18, "For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not."
That is such a beautiful description of gospel obedience. A desire to do, but a confession that in us there is nothing good. The Lord must look upon us in the perfect atonement of Christ to see anything in us of merit. He is pleased when there is that desire to do good. "To will is present with me but how to perform that which is good, I find not." You see, that is a beautiful description of gospel obedience.
Now see what Hezekiah said as he learned of the Father to see the emptiness of human strength. In ISA 38:1, Hezekiah had been put on notice, "Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live." And when he was in that case he said in verse 14, "Like a crane or a swallow, so did I chatter: I did mourn as a dove: mine eyes fail with looking upward: O LORD, I am oppressed; undertake for me."
Hezekiah had witnessed many great miracles and had great experiences with His God. Hezekiah had seen so many rich experiences with His God, he had even had seen an angel go out and kill 185,000 in one night to protect Jerusalem, but now he was called upon to appear before His God. And he said, "Like a crane or a swallow, so did I chatter."
He had nothing in himself that he could offer. But he was feeding upon the riches that there are in Christ. See, he says, "Mine eyes fail with looking upward: O LORD, I am oppressed; undertake for me."
The more we have been taught, and have learned of the Father, the more we will realize our ignorance. Its an amazing thing, when you enter the schools of Christ, we stop growing larger, and we start growing smaller. We stop becoming more intellectual and wiser, and we become more ignorant. The more we learn to see and understand of the wisdom of God, the more we realize what ignorance we have within ourselves, and the more we have to cry for wisdom.
I want you to see what David said in PSA 25:4. "Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths." You see how David was feeding upon that unleavened bread of sincerity. I want you to see that he was not feeding upon his own strength. He was not feeding upon his own wisdom. He was feeding upon the wisdom of God.
He continues in verse 5, "Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day."
You see, this was the King of Israel. This was David, the man after Gods own heart. As he grows in the teachings of God, he has to cry, "Lead me in thy truth." The more we learn to understand, the more we have been taught in the schools of Christ, the more we feed upon the wisdom of God. The more we feed upon the preciousness that is in His Word, the more we feed upon that perfect bread of life, then we hunger and thirst more after the knowledge and wisdom that we find in Christ.
Now, those who have learned a little of their own helplessness, emptiness and ignorance are those who begin to desire to feed upon the living bread. We dont have all the answers any more. Now we arent such an authority. Now all we can go by is the Word of God. As you learn to see that your best righteousness is but filthy rags, you begin to understand the suitableness of Christ's righteousness.
We see in ISA 45:24, "Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength
[My righteousness now is no longer any support to me at all, and we start feeding on the righteousness of Christ.]: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed."
Now we see that there is our strength. We see that He is our food and our drink and that He is our all-together lovely. Self knowledge generates an appetite to feed upon the perfect satisfaction found in Christ's atonement. When you have a little knowledge of your own depraved heart, now you have nothing to boast in yourself.
In HEB 7:26, we see the beauty in that satisfaction we find in His atonement. "For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens." Now we have a High Priest who is all-sufficient. We see that our sufficiency is nothing, and we see Him as our all-sufficiency.
Verse 27 continues, "Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the peoples: for this he did once, when he offered up himself."
He offered up Himself once for our sins, and He did not have to first do it on a daily basis of sacrificing for His own sins. Such a High Priest we have. Such satisfaction. Such consolation we find in the Lord Jesus Christ. Such a beauty there is in His righteousness. A soul who has learned to see the need of Christs atonement will come to feed upon the riches of His grace.
In JOH 1:16-17 we see that the riches of His grace is what we learn to feed upon. "And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. [In His fullness, our emptiness is all supplied.] For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ."
Are we searching for Jesus? Are we searching for that which is right and that which satisfies? Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. So, that fullness of His grace not only feeds our hungering and thirsting souls, but it has its cleansing effect. As I pointed out, we not only need to be a pardoned sinner, but we must become a cleansed sinner because not one sin can enter heaven. We need to be cleansed and have the cleansing power of His blood.
Now look what we see here in TIT 2:11-14: "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world [Is that what we feed upon? Is that what we are longing for?]; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works."
You know, we speak of the Lord Jesus Christ as our Redeemer. We look to Him to redeem us, and so many people only limit that to being redeemed from hell, to be redeemed from the curse of the law. Has it ever entered your mind that we are looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of our great God and our Saviour.
Why? "Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world." So now, He gave Himself that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and to "purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works."
Do you see where salvation lies? I want you to see the evidence of our salvation. Have we been purified? Do we feed upon that precious blood of Christ to cleanse us from all iniquity, to redeem us that we might be purified "unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." Do we have a zeal for good works?
Is that a duty religion? Yes. I will not deny thats a duty religion. The only thing is that it is not a religion of merit. Were not talking about merit. Were talking about salvation. What constitutes salvation? It is to be redeemed from all iniquity. "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." (Titus 2:13-14)
So, as we grow in these graces we begin to feed upon Christ as our wisdom. Look at 1CO 1:30. "But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption." Isnt that beautiful? Hes made unto us wisdom. We feed upon the wisdom of Christ. We feed upon that precious sanctification and righteousness of Christ, and we feed upon His redemption, having redeemed us from all iniquity. "Purified unto himself a peculiar people," who have a hearts desire to do His will.
Now as we read in EXO 12:1-13, when the destroying angel saw the blood of the Lamb "on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses," he passed over that household, but they were to feed upon the Lamb itself.
I want to explain this briefly. The angel saw the blood. Are you watching in a way that the destroying angel can see the blood, the cleansing power of Christ upon your walk of life, then he will pass over you.
And what are you feeding upon? Are you feeding upon the paschal lamb? Our text says, "I am the living bread [We must feed upon this.] 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."
Now our text is one of the seven "I am" titles in this gospel which call our attention to the person of Christ. The others are:
JOH 8:12: "I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." Do we hunger and feed on Him as our light to identify the sins in our souls and to bring us into the straight and narrow way?
JOH 10:9: "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture." Do you know how important that is? If you have tried to climb up by any other way you are a thief and a robber. Do you think that Mother Mary is the way? Or Joseph Smith? Or John Calvin? Or Martin Luther? Or John Owens? Or Jonathan Edwards?
No. No. They might be lampposts along the way, but Christ is the door. We must be so careful that we dont get high-centered on some of these lampposts and miss the door or think that we can climb up some other way.
JOH 10:11: "I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep."
JOH 11:25: "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live."
JOH 14:6: "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
JOH 15:1: "I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman."
I want you to see sevenfold Christ saying, "I am."
Now these all look back to that memorable day when God spake unto Moses at the burning bush. When Moses asked, "Who shall I say has sent me?"
Look at EXO 3:14. "And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you." When the Lord Jesus Christ says, "I am," He is saying that I am that Jehovah, that God Almighty, that creator of heaven and earth.
In this fourth gospel we have a sevenfold filling out of the fullness there is in that blessed I AM. It was that blessed I AM, the Bread of Life. I AM the light of the world. I AM the door. He is that blessed I AM that appeared to Moses, and said, Go forth unto the children of Israel and deliver them. You see, there is deliverance only in that blessed I AM.
Let us notice how the blessed Person of Jehovah becomes our altogether lovely. He is the Chiefest among ten thousand. Why? When we learn to understand what it is to become redeemed from all iniquity. He is our wisdom, our light, our food and our drink. He is everything.
Throughout eternity the redeemed shall fill the heaven with the harmony of voices which all center in the praises of the person of that Great I AM.
Look at REV 15:2-3. "And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints."
How does that Song of Moses begin and end? Have you ever taken notice? What did they sing about? Their song was entirely about Jehovah, the Great I AM.
There is nothing in the Song of Moses that spoke about their love for God or anything from their side. It all centered in the person of the Great I AM.
EXO 15:1 says, "Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea."
They not only sang unto the Lord, but they sang about the Lord and all He had done-- nothing about themselves.
The pronouns He, Him, Thy, Thou, and Thee appear thirty-three times in the Song of Moses. The word Lord appears twelve times.
That blessed song that will be sung for all eternity all centers in the person of Christ. It all centers in that blessed Jehovah, that great I AM. He says, "I am the bread of life." There is nothing of us, nothing in us, because everything centers in that blessed I AM.
These songs of Moses and the Lamb are filled with praises for the person of Jehovah, that Great I AM. They are not preoccupied with our love to God, but His redeeming love for us. It was the song of redemption. It was the song of what God had done to redeem them.
Look at 1JO 4:9-10. "In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins."
This is what we see when the Lord teaches us the true meaning of salvation; the Great I AM is everything. That blessed person of Christ is our only consolation. We find no hope or any comfort in anything outside of the blessed I AM.
Verse 11 continues, "Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another."
That will be the reflection of Gods love in your heart. By the fact that we love our brother will demonstrate that we love Him. As we begin to feed upon this blessed Bread of Life, the immediate effect is that our love for Him is reflected by our love for one another.
In JOH 15:14 we read, "Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you." If we obey. If we come under that golden scepter of the blessed King of kings, that Great I AM If and do this, we are His friends. What is that highest command that He commands His friends?
It is in JOH 15:12. "This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you." Do you want to know one of the surest marks of salvation? Examine your own heart. Do you love the brethren? Would you allow your life and your lifes blood to be used to cover their sins? Jesus says, "Love one another, as I have loved you."
Our text says in JOH 6:51 "I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread [what He is saying to you and me, if we feed upon this bread, if we feed upon that person of Christ, if that is our meat and our drink], 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."
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