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we not equally embrace that truth, which appeareth unto us? Let me tell you, it is your pride, and ambition, that lies in your way: this grace of faith is given to the meek and humble; as for you, Scribes and Pharisees, ye are all for your own vain glory: all ye care for, is, to be honoured of each other, and to surpass each other in titles and reputation with men; not regarding that true honour, which cometh from God only.
V. 45. Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father : there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.
Ye shall one day give an account, before the Tribunal Seat of God, of this stiff incredulity of yours; but do not think, that I shall need to be your accuser there : no; there is one, that shall rise up to accuse you, even he, whom ye unjustly pretend and challenge for your patron, Moses.
V. 46. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me : for he wrote of me.
There will need no other conviction of you, than the writings of Moses, who hath given therein abundant testimony of me; so as, had ye but believed Moses, ye would have believed me.
V. 47. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?
But if ye believe not his writings, which ye confess to be so authentical and beyond all exception; how is it like ye will believe my words, which ye are ready to slight and prejudge?
VI. 15. When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.
When Jesus perceived the inclination of the people, that they, being persuaded he was the Messiah, and supposing that he must therefore be a temporal king over Israel, would go about to force him to receive this honour from them; he withdrew himself; and departed again into a mountain himself alone.
VI. 21. And immediately the ship was at the land whither they went.
He caused the ship, by an extraordinary speed, to come to land.
VI. 27. Which the Son of Man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
Which bread of life, the Son of Man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father designed to this office of his Mediatorship, and hath given abundant proof of his concurrence with him in this great work.
VI. 28. Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?
Then said they unto him, Dost thou think that we have not
a due care of attaining eternal life? yes, doubtless, we slack no endeavour that might further us thereunto : what work is there, that may be acceptable to God, or is required by him, which we are not willing and forward to perform?
VI. 32. Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my
; Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
Verily I say unto you, It was not the true Heavenly Bread, that Moses gave you: that was but a bodily food, for the nourishing of the present life; but the Bread, which my Father giveth you, is truly heavenly, and nourisheth the soul to an eternal life.
VI. 33. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
For that Bread, which my Father gives for the feeding of his Church, is his Only Son, which cometh down from heaven into the world, and giveth a spiritual life to all believers.
VI. 35. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; fc.
I am that True Bread of Life, which nourisheth the soul everlastingly: he, that cometh to me, by a lively faith, and partaketh of me, shall never have cause to complain of spiritual hunger, &c.
VI. 36. But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and beliere not.
But I have told you, to your just shame and rebuke, that your incredulity is so much the more hateful; for that, having had so clear manifestations of my Divine Power, yet ye believe not.
VI. 37. All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. But it is not in the power
your perverseness, to make my word and miracles ineffectual; for, however incredulous ye prove yourselves, yet all, that the Father giveth to me, shall and will believe in me; and him, that doth by a true faith lay hold on me, I will in no wise abandon and cast off.
VI. 38. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
Which gracious preservation of mine elect children comes within the compass of the very intention of my coming down from heaven; for I came down thence to do, not my own will, but the will of my Father that sent me.
VI. 39, 40. Ånd this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, &c. And this is the will of him that sent me, fc.
And this is the will of my Heavenly Father that sent me, that all mine should be infallibly raised to life; and that every one, which knoweth the Son, and feeleth the power of his Spirit, and believeth in him, may certainly come to everlasting life, &c.
VI. 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
Do not murmur thus against my person, as if this imagined impossibility of descending from heaven lay on my part; and not rather on your own: the truth is, that all the default is in your unbelief; and this unbelief is natural to you, and deeply fixed in your corrupt disposition: insomuch as no man can come to me, by the foot of a true faith, except my Father, which sent me, enlighten his understanding, and powerfully incline his will and affections thereunto: and that man, whom he shall so work upon, shall be sure that I will perfect his salvation, and raise him up to glory, at the last day.
VI. 45. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that fc.
Every one, that hath duly received the doctrine of my Gospel, and hath effectually learned the same, is thereby wrought to believe in me.
VI. 46. Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.
As no man can come to me, but by the grace and lively inoperation of my Father, so none can attain to the perfect knowledge of the Father, and reveal the same to mankind, but only that Son of his, who is of the same essence with him: he hath, in a manner incommunicable to any creature, seen that Eternal Father.
VI. 48, 49, 50. I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.
Ye speak of the bread which your fathers did eat; I tell you, I am that True Bread of Life, which was figured by their Manna. That Manna, which your Fathers did eat of in the wilderness, was such, as could not preserve them from dying; But such virtue shall ye find in me, who was prefigured by that Manna, as that whosoever feeds on me shall never die.
VI. 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.
Your Manna, as it had no life in itself, so it could give none: I am that True Life-giving Bread, which came down from heaven: if any man feed on this Living Bread, he shall live for ever: neither shall ye need to go seek far for this Bread; for the bread, that I will give, is this very flesh of mine, which I will offer, upon the Cross, for man's redemption:
this is it, which your souls shall feed on, while, by the means of this humanity of mine, is conveyed unto you all my Righteousness, and the full efficacy of my Deity, for the quickening of them to life everlasting.
VI. 52. The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?
The Jews therefore, mistaking the words of Christ, as literally spoken, of a carnal and bodily manducation, argued with themselves; How can this be made good, which he speaketh? How is it possible, that this man should give us his flesh to eat ; or how should that flesh be bread ?
VI. 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.
Then Jesus, knowing their secret murmurings, said unto them, Never think it so strange, that I have told you concerning the eating of my flesh; for I tell you yet again, except ye do so, by a true and lively faith, communicate of my flesh and my blood, as that you are incorporated thereinto, ye can have no spiritual life in you.
VÍ. 54. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life.
Whosoever thus partaketh of my flesh and my blood, as that he hath this spiritual communion with me, that man hath already a true right to eternal life.
VI. 55. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. For my
Alesh is indeed a true spiritual meat, and my blood is a true spiritual drink, whereby the soul of the true believer is really nourished to eternal life.
VI. 56. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.
He, that thus partaketh of my flesh and blood, becometh one with me, and I with him ; neither is there
way or means of his happy communion with me.
VI. 57. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father : so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.
Do not fix your eyes too much upon this visible humanity of mine ; but know, that this power of giving life is derived to me from that my Living Father in heaven, which hath sent me, and hath given me this life of the Son of God manifested in the flesh: by virtue whereof it is, that, as he gives life unto me, so I do also give a spiritual life to whosoever shall thus partake of me.
VI. 58. This is that bread which came down from heaven: &c. See verses 48, 49, 50.
VI. 60. Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is a hard saying ; who can hear it?
Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard these words, taking them in a carnal and literal sense, said, This is a hard and harsh doctrine: who can tell what to make of it, or how to take it ?
VI. 61, 62. When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you ? What and if ye shall see the Son of Man ascend up where he was before?
The disciples made no open complaint of this their exception and scandal; but when Jesus, the Searcher of Hearts, knew in himself, that his disciples murmured at his doctrine, he said unto them; Do ye stumble at this saying of mine? I do well know, that the ground of your offence, is the mean estimation of this Humanity of mine ; the power whereof ye measure by your outward senses, making no difference betwixt me and other men: what will ye say then, if, ere long, your eyes shall be witnesses of another manner of condition of mine, than you think of? if you shall behold me, the Son of Man, ascending up, by the power of my Deity, into heaven, to take a repossession of that glory, which I eternally enjoyed there?
VI. 63. It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing : the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
Ye are ready to mistake my words, of a fleshly kind of eating my body; wherein ye do grossly err: for it is not my flesh, considered simply of itself, without respect to the Spirit, that can avail you to this happy nourishment; but it is the Spirit of the Almighty and Eternal Godhead, whereto this body is inseparably united, which gives this sovereign virtue unto it. And even so is it also in my Doctrine: it is not the outward sound of my words, wherein ye are to rest, and to seek comfort; but it is the inward and spiritual sense of them: thus taken, they shall be found to have sweetness and life in them.
VI. 66. From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
From that time forth, many of those his fashionable disciples, taking this unjust offence at his holy Doctrine, went away from him, and followed his train no more.
VI. 70. Jesus answered them, Have I not chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil ?
While the rest are gone, ye twelve stick close unto me; and indeed I have singled you out to the honour of a more near attendance upon me: yet even this small number of yours must be abated; for, howsoever ye all make fair professions, yet one of you is a very devil in his heart, and will ere long manifest his wickedness in act.