John 6:35-40

Can we know for sure that we have eternal life and a home in heaven someday?

6:35 – I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will not be hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. In this verse, the words “hungry” and “thirsty” are symbolic of physical hunger and physical thirst. He is in himself the giver of life and sustains life in such a way there is no unsatisfied desire that remains to frustrate the believer. If we take the spiritual food Jesus offers, we will come to believe (to be persuaded of, to place confidence) in Him. And he who

believes in me will never be spiritually thirsty. In the Greek language, there is an emphasis on “will not be hungry’ and “will never be thirsty.” It is evident that eternal life is permanent.

6:36 –You have seen me, and yet you don’t believe. The multitude saw Jesus feed the 5,000+, but they did not understand the true significance of it. They did not come to Him with the kind of belief that was necessary. 

6:37 – All those who the Father gives me will come to me. His desire is expressed in John 3:16For God so loved the world (all mankind), that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes (to be persuaded of, to place confidence) in him should not perish but have eternal life. “Him who comes to me I will in no way throw out” is about how He will keep people who believe in Him.

6:38 – Christ’s purpose in coming to earth was to do the will of the Father who sent Him (Read John 4:34;5:30;8:29).

6:39 – For whom he foreknew (Romans 8:29). “Not a reference simply to God’s omniscience (knowing all things) – that in eternity past He knew who would come to Christ. It speaks of a predetermined choice to send His love on us established an intimate relationship – or his election” (John MacArthur). The last day refers to the resurrection and the final judgment (The Moody Bible Commentary).

6:40 – everyone who sees the Son and believes in him, should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. “Verse 40 emphatically repeats verse 39. No clearer verses can be found that affirms the ultimate safekeeping of the believer. Our eternal security depends on Jesus fulfilling the will of the father, which he will never fail to do” (The Moody Bible Commentary).This verse emphasizes human responsibility in salvation. Although God is sovereign (supreme in power and authority), He works through faith, so that a man must believe in Jesus as the Messiah and Son of God who alone offers the only way of salvation (Read John 14:6). However, even faith is a gift of God” (Read Romans 12:3; Ephesians 2:8-9).

                                        To His believers Jesus says,


          -All Scripture Passages are based on the World English Bible (WEB)-

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