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Bible Gem 52 - Believe to Eternal Life (John 6:26)

March 7, 2019

 

Let’s start with verse 6:27 again. Don’t be concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you.

 

Notice how John weaves these themes together. And how do you get this eternal life? By believing in Jesus. You can begin to appropriate this eternal life (this life of the age to come) now.  John uses the word believe 10 times in this passage and uses life or eternal life 14 times. Don’t forget one of Jesus ‘truly truly statements’ which says “the one who believes in me has eternal life” [6:47]. Then he stresses that this transaction is until you are raised “on the last day”. He tells us that 4 times between 6:39-54. This Last Day is “the term mentioned all thru Scripture of the Return of the Son of God to wrap it all up and bring the consummation of the Kingdom. Wow – the one that will usher in the dawn of the age to come.  

 

Not only that but he tells us he will never reject us [6:37] and he will not lose even one of those He [the Father] has given him [6:39]. Track this continuing theme in John. It comes to a climax at the end. It is worth waiting for. 

 

Notice also in verse 6:44 we return to the theme of John 1:12 with Jesus comment “For no one can come to me unless the Father who sent Me draws them . . .” This is not something we decide but which originates in God. Don’t ever think we are the instigators, the initiators or the ones who did anything really. We are just simply responders to God’s higher power. But once there safe in Him, He will never lose us.

 

You know already that “believe” is a big theme in John’s gospel you might be forgiven for thinking we are finished with it. No that is not true. We will look at it again when we get to chapter 16:25-33. These are very important verses concerning the believe theme in John. Now you have lots of time to ponder them. I told you there would be work or thinking for you to do. 

 

 

Nothing worth having comes without sweat. Ian

 

 

HOW TO MEASURE PERSEVERANCE

Failed in business........................1831
Lost election for state legislature...... 1832
Failed again in business..................1834
Sweetheart died...........................1835 

Nervous breakdown.........................1836

Lost second political race................1838

Defeated for Congress.....................1843

Defeated for Congress.....................1846

Defeated for Congress.....................1848 

Defeated for US Senate....................1855 
Defeated for Vice President.............. 1856 
Defeated for US Senate....................1858  
Elected President.........................1860  

 

Who is this person?    Abraham Lincoln

 

Abraham Lincoln said, "If I tried to answer all the attacks made against me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the best I know how. If the end brings me out right, then what is said won't matter. If the end brings me out wrong, then ten angels declaring I was right would make no difference."

 

 

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