This ‘new’ article by Ruddy Adam is older than me. Wow!
The Spirituality of Our Khristian Union: Yohn 6.25-71
As a prelude to these wonderful verses, many mistake that in these verses the Lord is speaking of the Separated Koinonia, which in the context of its usage means a union brought about by taking Kommunion in memory of the Lord—and what He did for us at the Kross. These were His orders, and it is the only ritual called for in Khristianity.
Paul further explains what Kommunion means to us.
That act when taken properly—in which we chew on the bread that represents His Body, and we sip the wine that represents His Blood—enhances our union with fellow Khristians and with the Lord. By “when taken properly,” I mean as the word I’ve translated from Yohn 6.26 on as “chew,” means that we should take the Lord’s Words seriously and considerately as we think about what They mean to us.
I Korinthians 1.9
- The Ever-Living is trustworthy! He is the One through Whom you were called into union (koinonia) with His Son, Yasu Khrist, our Lord.
But taking Kommunion is definitely not the subject here—at all! Here, in this context, the Lord is speaking of listening to Him and believing what He says—to the point that one believes He is the Savior, the One Special Son sent by the Ever-Living as the Messenger Who reveals Who God is.
That is why when Yasu answers the fleshly people following Him, He uses one word “phago,” which means “to eat.” But when He’s speaking to them about Himself He uses the word “trogo,” which means “to gnaw” or “to chew” on something, in this case the Lord’s words.
This is not uncommon in our people’s language over history. We still tell people to “chew on that,” after telling them something. We use many other figurative phrases, too, to tell someone to listen to something or to think about something.
As everyone will see, unspiritual people, as the serpent seed (and many Adamics, too) cannot understand spiritual things.
- And finding Yasu across the sea, the people said to Him: “Teacher, how did you get here?”
Note: This question arises from the fact that Yasu did not take a ship across the sea. They therefore could not imagine how He got over to Kapernaum. This is the first sign that these fleshly people had no idea who He was.
The Way of Mankind
The Lord’s First Solemn Declaration
- Yasu answered them and said: “I solemnly declare most decisively to you, that you seek Me not because you saw Me perform miraculous acts—but on the contrary, you seek Me because you *ate the bread and were satisfied physically!
*ate (Yohn 6.26): “phago,” to eat.
After already having fed them bread for their flesh that filled their bellies, they wanted more physical things from Him. But He told them the following things, which proves that the Bread and Wine He’s speaking of are spiritual, that is, figurative—not physical:
- Do not work for the type of food that perishes, but on the contrary, work for the type of food that endures for ever-lasting life, that the Son born from Adamic Man can give you. For the Father—Who is the Ever-Living—sealed the Son born from Adamic Man!”
- They thus said to Him: “What must we do to perform the deeds that the Ever-Living demands of us?”
- Yasu answered and said to them: “The type of work that the Ever-Living demands of you is as follows: that you believe in the One Whom He sent.”
Note: Verse 29 is the crux of this entire Passage, as far as what the Lord is telling them. They reject it in simple terms; He then gives it to them figuratively and spiritually, which they have no way of understanding. Notice too that they are looking for physical acts to carry out to receive “ever-lasting life.”
The Crowd Taunts Yasu
- They thus said to Him:
“What then do you produce as a miraculous act, in order that we might see and believe in You? What can you do for us?
- Our fathers *ate the manna in the wilderness, just as it is written in Psalms 78.24,
“He gave them bread that fell from the sky to eat.”
*ate (Yohn 6.31): “phago,” to eat.
The Lord’s Second Solemn Declaration
- Yasu thus said to them:
“I solemnly declare most decisively to you, that Moses has not given you the Bread that comes from the Upper-Level, but on the contrary, My Father gives you the true Bread that comes from the Upper-Level.
- For the Bread supplied by the Ever-Living *represents the One Who descends from the Upper-Level and gives life to the world.”
*represents the One Who descends (Yohn 6.33): This is a pure metaphor. A metaphor is when one thing that cannot possibly be another is said to be that thing. Metaphors are general strung together (as here) with to be verbs: “be,” “is,” “are.”
- They thus said to Him: “Master, give us this type of Bread always!”
- But Yasu said to them:
“I represent the Bread that produces life.
The one who comes to Me shall never hunger!
And the one who believes in Me shall never, ever thirst!
Note: Now, even reasonable people (you don’t even have to be spiritual to understand this) can see that the Lord is speaking spiritually here, because whether people accept Khrist or not, they’re going to have to eat and drink again to stay alive—physically. But those who come to Him will never thirst for the Bread (which represents Khrist) again, because He gives the eternal life.
- Indeed I told you that even though you have seen Me,
you still did *not believe in Me.
- Everyone whom the Father gives to Me will come to Me,
and the one who comes to Me I shall never cast out.
*not believe in Me (Yohn 6.36): Again, their disbelief and the fact that for Him to reward someone with what He has to offer they must believe that He is God and Savior is the subject of these verses.
- For I have descended from the Upper-Level, not in order
that I should fulfill My own desire, but on the contrary,
that I should fulfill the desire of the One Who sent Me.
- And the desire of the Father Who has sent Me is as follows:
that out of all those whom He has entrusted to Me,
I shall lose none of them! Indeed, I shall raise them at the last day!
- And the desire of the One Who has sent Me is as follows:
that everyone who understands the Son and believes in Him
will have ever-lasting life—and I shall raise him at the last day!”
Yasu, the Bread of Life
- The Yudeans thus grumbled about Yasu, because He had said,
“I represent the Bread that descends from the Upper-Level.”
- So they were saying,
“Is this one not Yasu the son belonging to Yoseph, whose Father and Mother we know? How then can He now say, `I have descended from the Upper-Level’?”
- Yasu thus answered and said to them:
“Stop grumbling among one another!
- No one is able to come to Me unless the Father Who sent Me draws him to Me. Then, I shall raise him at the last day!
- It is written in the Prophets in Isaiah 54.13:
They shall all be taught by the Ever-Living.
Thus everyone who hears and learns from the Father comes to Me!
Note: Here He is plainly telling them that the Message about Him is in the Scriptures. If they had known them (which most of them could not learn), they would have understood and believed in Him.
- Not that anyone has understood the Father, except the One Who is from the Ever-Living—He has understood the Father.
Yohn 14.9 explains this v. further: Yasu said to him: “Have I been with you all this time, and yet you have not understood me, Philip? The one who has understood Me has understood the Father. So then, how do you say to me “Show us the Father”?
And they had no way of understanding this fact, because Yohn had not yet written it: Yohn 1.18: “No one has ever understood God! The very, special Son, Who is existing in the Bosom of the Father, that One explains Him.”
The Lord’s Third Solemn Declaration
- I solemnly declare most decisively to you, that whoever believes in Me has ever-lasting life!
- I represent the Bread that preserves life.
- Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness—yet they died.
- The following represents the Bread that descends from the Upper-Level, in order that anyone can eat from it and not die:
- I represent the Living Bread that descends from the Upper-Level. If anyone eats from this Bread, he will live into the ages!
And indeed the Bread that I shall give represents My Flesh, which I shall give for the life of the civilized-world!”
- The Yudeans thus argued with one another, saying, “How can He give us His Flesh to eat?”
Note: The s-s were physical- fleshly-minded, seeking only physical things from Khrist. For as Paul said in I Korinthians and Philippians, their minds are only on the flesh, and therefore cannot understand the spiritual. And you can’t discuss spiritual matters with unspiritual people—whether they are Adamics or the serpent seed.
I Korinthians 2.12-15: Regarding the Inability of Unspiritual People to Understand the Spiritual
- Now we have not received the spirit abiding in the kosmos, but on the contrary, we have received the Spirit which comes from the Ever-Living, in order that we can comprehend the things that have been graciously given to us by the Ever-Living.
- And these things we speak, not in discourses taught by those who rely upon human philosophy, but on the contrary, we speak in discourses taught by a Separated Spirit, explaining spiritual matters to spiritual people.
- But an unspiritual person does not accept the things that the Spirit that comes from the Ever-Living grants. For they are foolishness to an unspiritual person. And he is not able to understand them, because they are spiritually investigated by a spiritual person.
- But for sure the spiritual person investigates all things, but he is investigated by no one!
- For who understands the mind of the Lord?
Who will instruct Him? Isaiah 40.13.
But we have a mind supplied by Khrist!
3.17. Imitate me brothers! And observe those who walk by the example that we have set.
3.18. For many conduct themselves—of whom I have often informed you, but now even in anguish I speak—as enemies who fight against the Kross of Khrist:
3.19. whose fate is destruction,
whose god is their anal canal, and
whose glory is in their shame—
they continually concentrate only upon earthly things!
3.20. But nevertheless, our residency exists in the Upper-Level, from where we certainly wait patiently for a Savior: the Lord Yasu Khrist.
3.21. He will transform our humble nature (humble in the sense that Believers bow themselves before Khrist), so that humble nature will be like the Nature of His Glorious Essence—an act that will be accomplished through the dynamic ability which enables Him at that time certainly to subject all things to His Rule.
The Lord’s Fourth Solemn Declaration
- Yasu thus said to them: “I solemnly declare most decisively to you, that unless you chew on the Flesh belonging to the Son born from Adamic Man and sip His Blood, you do not have life in yourselves.
- The one who *chews on My Flesh and sips My Blood has ever-lasting life.
*chews on My Flesh and sips My Blood (Yohn 6.54): The Lord uses this word (“trogo”) which means “to chew” or “to gnaw” instead of the simple (“phago”) which means “to eat,” because “chewing on His Message” is what He wants us to do—not merely eat and swallow it down! Think about It. Study on It. Consider It. Let It roll over your mind. In our words today—don’t eat and run!
If we want to compare the physical to emphasize the spiritual, certainly chewing our food over and over makes our food digest into our system better. Sipping our drinks do the same thing. Thus, studying contemplatively on the Lord’s Words will tend to give them time to absorb better and allow them seep into our minds better and easier.
Yohn 6.40 explains how one truly receives ever-lasting life, and this verse is perfectly in tone with the rest of the Scriptures, and it surely explains what the terms “chewing on the Lord’s flesh” and “sipping His blood” mean:
The Lord Speaking
Yohn 6.40 And this is the desire of the One Who sent Me: that everyone who understands the Son and believes in Him shall have ever-lasting life, and I shall raise Him on the last day.
- For My Flesh certainly represents food, and My Blood certainly represents drink.
- The one who chews on My Flesh and sips My Blood stays in union with Me—and I stay in union with him.
- Just as the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so it is also true that the one who partakes of Me, that one shall also live because of Me.
- This represents the Bread that descends from the Upper-Level, and which is not the same as the manna that your fathers ate, yet they died. The one who partakes of this Bread will live into the ages!
- Yasu said these things while teaching in a synagogue at Kapernaum.
- Many of His Disciples thus having heard, said,
“This Message is harsh! Who is able to hear It?”
- But Yasu knowing within Himself that His Disciples were grumbling about this, He said to them: “Does My Message cause you to stumble?
- If then you should observe the Son born from Adamic Man ascending where He was before, will that cause you to stumble too?
- *The Spirit is What gives life. The flesh does not help—in no way! The words that I speak to you are spirit and are life.
- But nevertheless, there are some of you who do not believe in Me.”
For from the beginning of His ministry Yasu knew who those were who did not believe in Him, and also the one who would betray Him.
*The Spirit is What gives life (Yohn 6.64): There’s no way to get any clearer than this. Khrist is thinking and speaking spiritually in these verses. The “chewing and sipping” are spiritual, and the reward of ever-lasting life is spiritual and has noting to do with the flesh. We are born to die in the flesh, and unless we are here when the Lord’s Parousia takes place, we shall indeed die!
Note: Those among Khrist, especially Yudas, who could not understand that He was speaking spiritually about the bread and the blood, rejected Him. They did not know the figurative language of Yasreal that often refers to “eating others” for “listening to what they are saying and understanding what they are saying.”
- So Yasu said, “Consequently, I am telling you that no one is able to come to Me unless it be granted to him by My Father.”
The Effect of the Discourse
- As a result of His Discourse, many of His Disciples went back to the things they had left behind and no longer walked with Him.
- Yasu thus said to the Twelve:
“Surely you do not wish to go, too?”
- Simon Peter thus answered Him:
Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words that produce ever-lasting life.
- And we believe and understand that You are the Khrist, the Son sent by the living God!
- Yasu answered them: “Did I not choose you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is an adversary.”
- Now He referred to Yudas Simon Iscariot. For he was the one out of the Twelve who was intending to betray Him.
This Passage is loaded. But what we should take from it is that the s-s and the Yudahites among them (deceived by the serpent seed) who were following after Khrist wanted Him to do something physical for them. They wanted their flesh patted. This is a pattern throughout the Scriptures. The s-s cannot understand, and most humans have a difficult time accepting the spiritual. Khristianity is spiritual. Our relationship with Khrist is spiritual. We touch Him spiritually. We praise Him spiritually. We love Him spiritually. We must understand Him spiritually.
We have physical duties to do for the faith—indeed! And those who understand spiritually put their widow’s mite forth in that respect. But these physical acts are so we can have places and things that can help us with our spirituality, our faith, our understanding of Him, His wisdom, His grace, and His mercy—things that can make us spiritually mature. Things that allow Him to give us more faith.
We are already perfect in God’s eyes, because we trust in Yasu—but we are not yet spiritually mature. This we must continue striving for throughout our lives—that—and building our faith and understanding of Khrist. For those things make us mature.
Ruddy Adam, 1962