Read thru New Testament Devotional – May 18, 2017

May 18

 

John 6:47-71

John 6:47-Jesus is in the synagogue in Capernaum (:59).  He returns to the analogy of bread and says that those who ate the bread in the wilderness ultimately died. But, He is the bread from heaven and those who believe in Him will have eternal life.  He is the "bread of life...living bread" (:48,51)...and the bread that He is speaking of is "My flesh" (:51).  The Jews didn't understand how they could eat His flesh.  Jesus said that in order to have eternal life they must eat His flesh and drink His blood (:53-57).  Many of the people struggled with this idea (:60).  Jesus was not speaking of them literally eating His flesh and drinking His blood (cannibalism).  It was an analogy that spoke of (1) the total insolubility of the relationship that His followers would have with Him; and, (2) of the absolute intimacy that they would share with Him.  Jesus says that because of the nature of this relationship…they would abide in Him and He would abide in them (:56).  The word “abide” means “to remain, to continue”…speaking of the eternal, uninterrupted relationship that believers have with Jesus.  We would be hard-pressed to identify a comparison that would better demonstrate the extent of the relationship that Jesus is speaking of.

Jesus knew from the beginning who would, and who would not believe in Him.  There are some among His “disciples” (:60,66) that would not believe.  This speaks again to the idea of what it truly means to be in a relationship with Jesus.  It is not enough to be merely a disciple (one who follows)…but we must believe what He says, no matter how hard, or how difficult it may be for us to understand.  And when we don’t understand, because of the nature of our relationship with Him, we will still continue in that relationship with Him.  Because in our relationship with Jesus…understanding does not determine faith, but faith will determines understanding (:69).  Notice the progression of thought in verses 68-69: the Word of God, leads to faith, which results in understanding. The Father knows those who will accept this…and these are the ones that He has chosen (:64-65).  Many people get this progression of thought exactly backwards.  They want to understand something (determine for themselves what is true, or right); then to have faith that what they want will happen; and finally, to interpret the Bible in a manner that seems to substantiate their understanding.  Then, when it doesn’t work, they blame God for not holding up His part of the deal.  Peter would later warn against such false belief (2 Peter 3:14-16).

Jesus refers to Judas as a “devil” (:70).  He is not saying that Judas was actually the Devil…but, that he would act in accordance with the Devil’s character.

 

Accuser:

"an accuser" (cp. ACCUSE, B, No. 1), is used 34 times as a title of Satan, the Devil (the English word is derived from the Greek); once of Judas, Jhn 6:70, who, in his opposition of God, acted the part of the Devil. Apart from Jhn 6:70, men are never spoken of as devils. It is always to be distinguished from daimon, "a demon." It is found three times, 1Ti 3:11; 2Ti 3:3; Tts 2:3, of false accusers, slanderers.

Devil, Devilish:

…Judas, who gave himself over to the "Devil," was so identified with him, that the Lord described him as such, Jhn 6:70 (see Jhn 13:2)…

(http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G1228&t=NASB, Vine’s Expository Dictionary of the New Testament)

 

Prayer: Lord, what must Your relationship with Judas have been like?  There seems to be nothing in the Gospels that would make me think that You treated Him any different from the other disciples...and yet, You knew what He would do.  As far as I can tell You extended the same grace to Him that You offered to all others...knowing that He would reject You.  That makes Your grace all the more wonderful and Your mercy all the greater.  That You would extend them to those that You knew would reject them...speaks of Your righteousness.  What You do is perfect and right.  When You extend grace and mercy to people...You are offering them the opportunity to repent and be forgiven.  It is not an offer for them to continue in their sin and be received.  Your mercy is seen in Your offer...Your judgment is seen in how You deal with their response.  Please, Lord, help me to treat others...even those who oppose me...the way that You do.

 

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