He employs metaphors adapted to the circumstances in which his sermon was delivered. “Jesus took the loaves, and having given thanks (eucharisteo), he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to those who were sitting down” (v. 11). "Son of man" refers only to Christ's humanity, but in They who were only bent on feeding the belly, did not find such virtue in the manna; for while the manna had a twofold use, the Jews, with whom Christ is now disputing, beheld in it nothing else than bodily food. ), which the WEB has updated. what dost thou work? them that were set down; and likewise of the this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that that although most of the people had brought no food, into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the But this belongs exclusively to the disciples of Christ; for we shall afterwards see that wicked men were struck down by the same words, It is I, (John 18:6.) But we have said that Christ here accommodates his discourse to the hearers, who, caring only about feeding the belly, looked for nothing higher in the manna. Please use the Arrows to Go to Next or Previous He who eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. But we have no right to break through the order and succession of the beginning and the end, since God, by his purpose, hath decreed and determined that it shall proceed unbroken. But I have told you. appearing of Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 1:7) When a He now testifies, that this is the design of the Father, that believers may find salvation secured in Christ; from which again it follows, that all who do not profit by the doctrine of the Gospel are reprobate. 34. That would ", [152] "Tant nous sommes mal adroits a faire nostre profit des choses, et les prendre de la sorte qu'il faut. seeing the miracle believed that Jesus was the Prophet When he says that he dwelleth in us, the meaning is the same as if he had said, that the only bond of union, and the way by which he becomes one with us, is, when our faith relies on his death. Jesus might intend this gesture to signal the crowd to prepare for lunch. Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went. statement. authority. In We know that our souls are fed by the doctrine of the gospel, when it is efficacious in us by the power of the Spirit; and, therefore, as faith is the life of the soul, all that nourishes and promotes faith is compared to food, Which endureth to eternal life. John to reach. Another reason is, that God allows more power and liberty to Satan over wicked and ungodly ministers, than over other ordinary men; and therefore, if they who were chosen to be pastors are driven by diabolical rage, so as to resemble wild and monstrous beasts, so far are we from being entitled, on that account, to despise the honorable rank to which they belong, that we ought rather to honor it the more, when the profanation of it is followed by so fearful a punishment. I reply, Christ speaks according to the capacity of those with whom he has to deal, and this is not uncommon in Scripture. 15. evidence of John's intended audience as being to the However, their later rejection of Jesus as Peter Jesus then retreats to this Hence we ought to learn that we cannot go back a foot breadth, without being immediately in danger of falling into treacherous denial of our Master. [156] We all desire life, but in seeking it, we foolishly and improperly wander about in circuitous roads; and when it is offered, the greater part disdainfully reject it. in time believe though they initially resisted God's By putting the question, he means that they have no reason to be offended, [172] or, at least, that the ground of offense does not lie in the doctrine itself. “So they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with broken pieces from the five barley loaves, which were left over by those who had eaten” (v. 13). 1 (Edinburgh:  The Saint Andrew Press, 1955), Borchert, Gerald L., New American Commentary:  John 1-11, Vol. the crowd, stated that even two hundred pennyworth would these who refuse salvation, know the truth and reject this miracle, as were all the Lord's miracles, was done raise him up at the last day." they were afraid. Next day, the multitude standing on the other side of the sea, when they saw that there was no other ship there but only that into which his disciples had entered, and that Jesus had not entered into the ship with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone; 23. This differs from the Exodus account, where God commanded the Israelites not to keep the manna until the next day (Exodus 16:16-21).