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William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - John 6:41-51

6:41-51a So the Jews kept murmuring about him, because he said: "I am the bread which came down from heaven." They kept saying: "Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say: 'I have come down from heaven'?" Jesus answered: "Stop murmuring to each other. No one can come to me except the Father who sent me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day. It stands written in the prophets: 'And all will be taught by God.' Everyone who has listened... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - John 6:44

No man can come to me ,.... That is, by faith, as in John 6:35 ; for otherwise they could corporeally come to him, but not spiritually; because they had neither power nor will of themselves; being dead in trespasses and sins, and impotent to everything that is spiritual: and whilst men are in a state of unregeneracy, blindness, and darkness, they see no need of coming to Christ, nor anything in him worth coming for; they are prejudiced against him, and their hearts are set on other things;... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - John 6:44

Except the Father - draw him - But how is a man drawn? St. Augustin answers from the poet, Trahit sua quemque voluptas ; a man is attracted by that which he delights in. Show green herbage to a sheep, he is drawn by it: show nuts to a child, and he is drawn by them. They run wherever the person runs who shows these things: they run after him, but they are not forced to follow; they run, through the desire they feel to get the things they delight in. So God draws man: he shows him his wants... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - John 6:44

Verse 44 44.No man can come to me, unless the Father, who hath sent me, draw him. He does not merely accuse them of wickedness, but likewise reminds them, that it is a peculiar gift of God to embrace the doctrine which is exhibited by him; which he does, that their unbelief may not disturb weak minds. For many are so foolish that, in the things of God, they depend on the opinions of men; in consequence of which, they entertain suspicions about the Gospel, as soon as they see that it is not... 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 6:22-59

(3) The sequel of the signs . The discussion which follows is closely linked with these two great miracles of power and love. It naturally arises out of them, and refers with great explicitness to the former of them and to its true meaning. The discussion does unquestionably alter its scope as it proceeds, and at John 6:41 and John 6:52 "the Jews" take up a controversy which had previously been conducted by a portion of the crowd who witnessed his mighty works. Jesus declared (1) ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 6:41-51

(c) The murmur of the Jews met by additional claim that his " flesh " is the " living bread ." The passage here following resumes the narrative of the impression produced by the extraordinary discourse that had preceded. The question of "the Jews" does not turn at all upon the explanation he had just given to his disciples in John 6:36-40 , but goes back to the theme of John 6:29-36 . "The Jews" need not be restricted to the Jewish or the aristocratic or bigoted portion... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 6:41-51

Our Lord's explanation of Jewish unbelief. A rupture was clearly near at hand. I. THE MURMURING OF THE JEWS . "The Jews then murmured concerning him, because he said, I am the Bread which came down from heaven." It sprang: 1 . Partly from doubt . ( John 7:12 .) 2 . Partly from contemptuous surprise . 3 . Partly from dissatisfaction . II. THE GROUND OF THEIR MURMURING . "And they said, Is not this Jesus, the Son of Joseph, whose father and... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 6:43-44

Jesus answered £ and said to them , Murmur not among yourselves ; or, with one another . He had searched out a deeper reason for their murmuring than their probable involuntary ignorance of certain miraculous facts. No man can come (is able to come) to me except the Father, who hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day . In the previous utterance "all" which the Father "gives" to the Son "comes" to him, reaches him, enters into close relationship with... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 6:44

The Father draws the soul to Christ. We have to acknowledge a debt of gratitude to God, first for giving and sending his Son to be our Saviour, and then for guiding us unto his Son, in order that in fellowship with him we may experience the blessings of salvation. For in these two ways does the Father furnish us with a complete display of his love; in these two ways does he completely secure our highest good. I. THE DRAWING OF THE SOUL BY THE FATHER . 1 . The soul... read more

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