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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

William Barclay

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

6:51b-59 "The bread which I will give him is my flesh, which is given that the world may have life." So the Jews argued with each other. "How" they said, "can this man give us his flesh to eat?" Jesus said to them: "This is the truth I tell you--unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot possess eternal life within yourselves. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. My flesh is the real food and my... read more

William Barclay

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

Let us see now if we can find out something of what Jesus meant and of what John understood from words like this. There are two ways in which we may take this passage. (i) We may take it in a quite general sense. Jesus spoke about eating his flesh and drinking his blood. Now the flesh of Jesus was his complete humanity. John in his First Letter lays it down almost passionately: "Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God; and every spirit which does not... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - John 6:51

I am the living bread which came down from heaven ,.... This is the same with what is said in John 6:33 , which is true of Christ, as he has life in him; and is the author and giver of life to others; and is of an heavenly original, and came from heaven to give life to men: and such is the virtue of this living and heavenly bread, that if any man eat of this bread he shall live for ever ; not a natural, but a spiritual life; a life of sanctification, which is begun here, and will be... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - John 6:51

Is my flesh, which I will give, etc. - Our Lord explains his meaning more fully, in these words, than he had done before. Having spoken so much of the bread which feeds and nourishes the soul, and preserves from death, the attention of his hearers was fixed upon his words, which to them appeared inexplicable; and they desired to know what their meaning was. He then told them that the bread meant his flesh, (his life), which he was about to give up; to save the life of the world. Here our... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - John 6:51

Verse 51 51.I am the living bread. He often repeats the same thing, because nothing is more necessary to be known; and every one feels in himself with what difficulty we are brought to believe it, and how easily and quickly it passes away and is forgotten. (156) We all desire life, but in seeking it, we foolishly and improperly wander about in circuitous roads; and when it is offered, the greater part disdainfully reject it. For who is there that does not contrive for himself life out of... 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

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