Then there is the Spirit of God, God’s Spirit enters into us making us spiritually alive
“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.” John 6:63
(ICB) In John 6:50-62, Jesus is speaking to the Jewish people and making the astounding claim that He is the bread of Heaven and telling them that they must eat his flesh and drink his blood. Right before this Jesus tells the people that He is God.
This would be a hard thing to hear, and even harder to understand, especially to those whose hearts were/are hard; many who heard Jesus speak had little true understanding of what Jesus was speaking of. It should have been blindingly obvious that Jesus was not speaking about people actually eating His flesh and drinking His blood. For one thing, the Old Testament Scriptures forbid eating the blood (Leviticus 17:10-14), for the life is in the blood. Jesus would not have taught cannibalism, and the Jewish people should have known this even if what Jesus was saying was confusing.
In John 6:62, Jesus asks the people about seeing Him ascend into Heaven. This should have been another clue for them.
Then in John 6:63 Jesus states that the flesh is worthless, the real value is in the spirit.
Without the spirit, the flesh is dead, there is no life. When we die, it is merely our earthly tent, our physical body that dies, our spirit leaves the body behind and goes to be with the Lord, or unfortunately it goes to Hell if one does not believe in and trust Jesus to save us.
The flesh is also seen in many places in the Bible as a symbol of sin (Galatians 5:17, Romans 7:18).
In Romans 8:1 Paul tells us that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ – and then there is the often left off part of that verse when many people quote it: “who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Flesh bad, spirit good.
Jesus says that it is the spirit that quickeneth. Our spirit makes our body alive, it makes us, us. Then there is the Spirit of God, God’s Spirit enters into us making us spiritually alive, we are connected to Him, adopted by Him. We are to become one with Jesus as Jesus is one with the Father.
Jesus words are spirit, and life. When we listen to what Jesus says to us, and not only listen but do (James 1:22), we live, our spirit is alive in Christ.
This then is the true meaning of John 6, when we feed ourselves spiritually from Jesus, we maintain that all important link to Him, our connection. We also learn more about Him, who He was, how much He loves us, how He wants us to live, how to spiritually defend ourselves etc. The Words of Christ are spiritual food, food we desperately need, each and every day.
Regular bread feeds our bodies, giving us energy and nutrients, providing life to the body. The Bread of Life feeds our spirit – without this Bread, our spirit would remain dead, unholy, closed off to God.
Feeding your body comes naturally – feeding your spirit, not so much.
Make sure you are feeding your spirit!
About the author: Greg is a strong believer in Jesus Christ and is also a political analyst, author, and is the Editor-in-Chief for the National War Council. By day he is a self-employed non-emergency medical transport driver, as well as being an author and blogger. His articles are first published on Inspirational Christian Blogs, and I Am Not Ashamed of the Gospel of Christ! From there the articles are widely published on many well-known conservative websites. If you would like to republish his articles, please feel free to do so leaving all links intact and crediting the author and the website that the article appeared on.
Greg is the author of the newly released book: Spiritual Darkness is Destroying America and the Church
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