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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - John 6:60-71

We have here an account of the effects of Christ's discourse. Some were offended and others edified by it; some driven from him and others brought nearer to him. I. To some it was a savour of death unto death; not only to the Jews, who were professed enemies to him and his doctrine, but even to many of his disciples, such as were disciples at large, who were his frequent hearers, and followed him in public; a mixed multitude, like those among Israel, that began all the discontents. Now here we... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - John 6:66-71

6:66-71 After this many of his disciples turned back and would not walk with him any more. Jesus said to the Twelve: "Surely you too do not want to go away?" Simon Peter answered him: "Lord, to whom are we to go? You have the words of eternal life; and we have believed and we have come to know that you are the Holy One of God." Jesus answered them: "Did I not choose you twelve, and one of you is a devil?" He meant Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, for he was going to betray him--and he was... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - John 6:69

And we believe and are sure ,.... Or know of a certainty: they believed upon the first call of them by Christ, and their following of him, that he was the true Messiah; and they came to an assurance of it, by the miracles he wrought, and by the doctrines which he taught; their faith, how weak soever it might be at first, rose up to a full assurance of faith, and of understanding; there was a reality and a certainty in it, as there is in all true faith, with respect to the object, though not... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - John 6:69

We believe - On the authority of thy word; and are sure - have known, εγνωκαμεν , by the evidence of thy miracles, that thou art the Christ, the promised Messiah. And we belyfath and witen that thu eart Crist Godes Son . Anglo-Saxon. How near is the mother to the daughter tongue! Instead of Christ the Son of the living God, some excellent MSS., BCDL, and others, read ὁ αγιος του Θεου , the holy one of God; and this reading Griesbach has received into the text, leaving out του... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - John 6:69

Verse 69 69.And we have believed and known. The verbs are in the past tense, but they may be changed into the present tense, we believe and know, but it makes little difference in the meaning. In these words Peter gives a brief summary of faith. But the confession appears to have nothing to do with the matter in hand, for the question had been raised about eating the flesh of Christ. I reply, although the twelve did not at once comprehend all that Christ had taught, yet it is enough that,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 6:1-71

2. Christ declares himself to be the Sustainer and Protector of the life of which he is the Source . read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 6:60-71

(4) The twofold effect of these instructions . read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 6:66-69

Desertion and adhesion. It is instructive to observe that, in the course of Christ's ministry, there were those among his professed friends who forsook him. And it is also instructive to observe that such cases of desertion led Christ's real and attached friends to ask themselves what it was that held them to their Lord, and to form upon this matter a definite and decided conviction. Thus the desertion of merely nominal adherents became the occasion of a mental process which was singularly... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 6:66-71

The crisis reached at last. The Galilaean disciples, in many cases, revolted against Christ's teaching. I. THE DEFECTION IN GALILEE . "From that time many of his disciples went back and walked no more with him." 1 . These disciples returned once more to the world, with its old occupations, and to the religious guidance of the scribes and Pharisees . 2 . They ceased to attend upon our Lord 's ministry, or to follow him from place to place in his errands of truth... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 6:67-69

The departure of the many consolidating the few. Notice— I. JESUS " QUESTION . "Will ye also," etc.? This implies: 1 . His regard for the freedom of the will . Christ does not destroy, nor even interfere with, the freedom of the human will, but ever preserves and respects it. He ever acknowledges the sovereignty of the human soul and will. 2 . That it was his wish that each disciple should decide for himself . "Will ye," etc.? 3 . That it was not his wish to... read more

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