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The New Testament Commentary Vol Iii John by B.W. Johnson

Practical Observations.

1. |Man doth not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.| The |Word became flesh and dwelt among men.| That Word is the Bread of life of which, if a man eat, he shall have life, and |he hath given his flesh for the life of the world.| Yet the flesh in itself |profiteth nothing.| |It is the spirit that quickeneth.| Christ's words |are spirit and life.| He who feeds upon his words shall live. Thus the lesson is brought out that we are made alive by hearing, receiving into our souls, incorporating into our being as life principles, the words of Christ. It is thus he is eaten. The spirit of man thus feeds upon the spirit of Christ.

2. A common life only exists in the most Intimate union. Christ hath the life of, because he is in the Father and the Father in him. So, too, Christ must be in us and we must be and abide in Christ in order to be partakers of his life.

3. The ordinances appointed by Christ symbolize the intimate union of his disciples with the Lord. They believe upon him, are baptized into him (Rom.6:3) and thus put on Christ (Gal.3:27) and henceforth dwell in him (Rom.8:1) and are new creatures in Christ Jesus. In the Lord's Supper the disciples partake of the symbols of his flesh and blood, and by faith enjoy |the communion of his body and blood.|

4. We may not always understand the words of Christ; they may be too deep for us; but we can receive them in loving trust as the words of our Lord. If we were to turn from Christ where could we go? Not to Buddha, or Mahomet, or to the philosophers and theorists. When the children ask for bread they give them a stone. None other than Christ can feed to the soul the Bread of life and give it rest. He only has the words of eternal life.

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