- John 6:26-30
- John 6:26 (KJB)
- Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek
me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves,
and were filled.
- When Jesus uses the term “verily, verily” that means a major truth is
about ready to hit you between the eyes. Since Jesus is omniscient, He knew
exactly why these people were following Him. They did not follow Him because
of the fact that a notable miracle had taken place. If they were focusing on
the miracle, then the conversation would have found itself re-focusing on
the fact that Jesus was God and able to perform the miracle and that would
have confirmed His Messiahship. The problem was that these people were
unsaved and all they were focusing on was the fact that they received a free
meal. Their focus was on the earthly part of the miracle and they neglected
the heavenly part of the miracle, namely who Jesus really was. When one’s
belief system is tied to the earth, they never lift up their heads for
- John 6:27 (KJB)
- Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which
endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you:
for him hath God the Father sealed.
- Here Jesus is not stating that we should not work to provide food for
our families and ourselves but He is teaching that we must never use up our
lives in the pursuit of the earthly delights. Today we have many who have
sold themselves out to their companies and put in inordinate amounts of time
just to try and get ahead for promotion and more money. This is not to say
that we do not give our best to our employers and even if we have to go in
on an occasional Saturday, we do it. Here Jesus is trying to re-focus their
thinking away from the earth, which will someday perish, on to the more
important things such as eternal salvation. The meat that we seek is the
eternal Gospel through Grace which saves a person’s soul for all eternity.
It is the spiritual meat that we seek. The Lord Jesus Christ will give that
spiritual meat because He is qualified to do so. The Father had given His
seal of approval to Jesus. When a sovereign king seals something with his
official seal, that means he is giving his approval to whatever is in view.
Since the Lord Jesus has done everything in concert with His Father, His
Father has given His approval to the Son’s ministry and that is why Jesus is
qualified to dole out eternal life to His people.
- John 6:28 (KJB)
- Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works
- Then the question of the ages is asked of Jesus. What should we do that
we should work the works of God? Every world religion will have their own
set of rules and doctrines. Every church will have their rules and
doctrines. The problem is that private sets of rules and doctrines are
viewed as doing the works of God if they are obeyed. Some of the rules and
doctrines in many churches are fine and can be traced back to Scripture.
However, there are many rules which are just plain legalistic which
constitutes the laws of man. The works of God are found within the
Scriptures and no one can do the work of God unless they first become saved.
(Eph 2:10 KJV) For we are his
workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before
ordained that we should walk in them. Good works
comes after salvation and not before. (Prov
21:27 KJV) The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more,
when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?
Those who are unsaved and try to do good works before God are deemed wicked
and their works are an abomination. That abomination is increased when they
bring the works with a wicked mind. This is describing the unbeliever who
has not become saved and had a change of mind. If they remain unsaved, God
will always consider their mind as wicked and at enmity with Him.
- John 6:29 (KJB)
- Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye
believe on him whom he hath sent.
- The answer is very simple in contrast to the works of the law and other
laws made up by religious institutions. However, there is a major
qualification here. No person can believe on the Lord Jesus Christ unless
they first become saved. It sounds backwards doesn’t it? The truth is that a
person is spiritually dead. (Eph 2:5
KJV) Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ,
(by grace ye are saved;) What can a dead person
do? They can do nothing, so then how could they believe and have faith? The
word “believe” in the Greek is a verb which means it is an action making it
a work. We know that the Bible teaches emphatically that no one can work for
their salvation. So then how does one believe? Now we come to the part where
we can find where faith originates.
- In the early church after the giving of the Holy Spirit, God had made
faith one of the gifts. (1 Cor 12:9 KJV)
To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the
same Spirit; In 1 Corinthians 12:9, God had
included the gift of faith as one of the spiritual gifts but then later on
as the provisional gifts started to wane, God had made sure the gift of
faith continued. At first, there were only some who had the gift of faith
but then God made the gift of faith a fruit of the Spirit.
(Gal 5:22 KJV) But the fruit of the Spirit is
love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Now faith, being a fruit of the Spirit, is given to every
believer when they become saved and are indwelled by the Holy Spirit. So
these verses teach us plainly that a person does not receive faith until
they become saved. Then they have the faith to believe because they have
been regenerated unto life. So now we can do the work of God which is
believing on His Son. As we believe on His Son, we will do the appropriate
works of God to which we have been spiritually qualified through the
spiritual gifts which we have received upon salvation. The primary work of
God is to believe on His Son.
- John 6:30 (KJB)
- They said therefore unto him, What sign showest thou then, that we may
see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?
- This has to be one of the greatest cases of spiritual blindness in the
Bible. The day prior Jesus had just fed a multitude of over 5,000 with five
loaves and two tiny fishes. In light of this, they ask Him to show them a
sign that they may believe Him. Don’t they realize that that they followed
Him here on the heels of the miracles which He performed and to which they
were witnesses and partakers. Then they go and desire to find out what work
is He going to do next? We see here the essence of people being spiritually
dead because they cannot even see the reality of who Jesus is based on the
miracle they just partook of. It would be like a billionaire who gives me a
gift of one million dollars and the next day I go to him and ask, “what sign
do you give to show me you are wealthy?” This is why Christians should never
expect anything spiritual out of spiritually dead people.