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27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endurechi unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hach God the Facher sealed.
28 Then said they unto him, what shall we do, that we might work the works of God?
29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath (ent.
30 They said therefore unto hini, Whac sign Thewest thou then, that we may fee, . ' and believe thee? What doit thou work?
31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven co eat.
•be, not after the Food which can nourish only for a short time, but after that which
will nourish your Souls to all eternity, and which I will bestow upon you (tho I no way seem to differ from any other person in my outward appearance) provided you prepare your felves to receive it as becomes you. Neither can you doubt of my having such a Power, since God bears witness to the truth of what I say by the Miracles you bave féen me perform among you, which are as it were so many Seals for a confirmation of it.
The men ftruck with this answer, ask'd him what they were to do to become acceptable to God. Then said Jefus : Believe on him whom God hath sent unto you, and obey the Doctrine he brings you from God himself
. Hereupon, being half angry that he did not set himself up for a King over them, whom they were ready to own and aflift as such, as if they had quite forgot the Wonders he had perform'd among them, they ask'd him if he could thew any Miracle in confirmation of what he said to them, and which might make them give credit
For, said they, our ancestors believ'd on Moses, as you require us to believe on you; but then he fed them with Manna in the Deserts of Arabia, which, as the Scripture speaks, was, as it were, Bread sent down from Heaven to eat, Pí.78.24.
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32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven ; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.
35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he char cometh to me, shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me, shall never thirst.
36 But I said unto you, that ye also have seen me, and believe not.
37 All that the Father giveth me, shall come to me; and him that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out.
Jesus replied, that, properly speaking, Moses could not be said to have given them Bread from Heaven, but that he would give them heavenly Bread in his Father's name, and justly so called ; that this Bread was truly divine, and sent down from Heaven ; and that men were not only nourish'd with it, but received Life from it. They not reaching the true meaning of what Jesus faid, intreated him to give them always this fort of Bread.
Jesus answer'd them more openly, but still in a figurative Speech, as willing to get rid of these men, who thought of nothing but the conveniences of this life, and were ready to raise a Tumult upon his account, and proclaim him King: I am, said he, that Bread which is the Source of Life : Whoever becomes my Disciple thall partake of this Bread, and never hanger or thirst more, as those did who fed on the Manna Moses gave them, and drank of the Water that fowed out of the Rock. These things I have plainly declar'd unto you, and yet you do not believe : The reason is, because you did not believe in God; for all those of the Jews who believ'd my Father, have also believ'd me, and are become my Dilciples, nor do I reject any that seriously desire to be my Disciples. I am come from Heaven, not
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38 For I came down from licaven, nor to do nine own will, but the will of him chac
39 And this is the Fathers will which hach sene me, thac of all which he hath given me, I thould lose nuching, but should raise it up again at the last day.
40 And this is the will of him cliat fent me, chat every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life : and I will raise him up at the last day.
41 The Jews then mur. mured at hini, because he faid, I am the bread which came down from heaven.
42 And they said, Is not this Jefus the son of Jofeph, whose father and mother we know ? how is it then that he saich, I came do vn from heaven?
43 Jefus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among your selves.
to do my own Will, but the Orders I am charged with by my heavenly Father
; and he has commanded me to take care of those who having believ'd in him, are become my Disciples, that at the Resurrection they may be made partakers of eternal Happiness
. For it is the good pleasure of God who hath sent me, that whoever fees my Miracles, and believes my Doctrine, Should inherit everlasting Life, to which I will raise him at the last Day.
The Jews having heard this Reply of Jesus,and not being able to bear with his telJing them he was bread come down from Heaven,mutter'd among themselves, asking one
another whether he were not Fesus the Nazarene, the Son of Fosephs and Miry, Persons very well known in Nazareth; how then, said they, could he come down from Heaven, as he pretends ?
Felus answer'd them in these or the like words: Do not murmur among your selves at what I have said, as if I requir'd you to believe a Lie. I propose nothing as the Object of your Belief, which is not in it self most true ; but the reason why you cannot prevail with your felves to believe me, is, because you were never fo
John. C H A P. VỊ. 44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me, draw him: and I will raise him up at the
45 it is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God.
Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.
46 Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.
47 Verily verily I say unto you, He that believeth on me hach everlasting life.
48 I am chat bread of life. | 49 Your fathers did eac manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
So This is the bread which comech down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and nor die.
51 I am the living bread, which came down from hea. ven : if any man eat of this
bread, he shall live for ever : throwly affected as you ought, with the reveald Will of my heavenly Father. Now, no one among the Jews can become my Disciple, unless he first believes the Revelation of my Father, and such a one will I raise from the Dead at the last Day, that I may reward him with everlasting Happiness. The Prophets have foretold that All the Jews who will not continue obstinate in their Errors, fall be taught by God himself, Ifa. 54. 13. Jer. 31. 34. and indeed whoever embraces my Doctrine, knows it is his duty fo to do by the Revelation he has receiv'd from my Father : But yet you are not to mistake me so far as to think these men already acquainted with all that God has determined to reveal by me to men. This you may be assured of, that whoever believes and obeys my Dodrine, Thall partake of eternal Happiness : For I am, as I told you, that Bread, which being fed on, will nourish you to everlasting Life. Your Ancestors, 'tis true, did eat Manna in the Deserts of Arabia, and yet were all mortal; but here you have Bread offer'd, which whoever feeds on, shall never die. 'Tis I who am that Bread come down from Heaven to that very end, that whoever feeds on it, shall be nourish'd to Eter
and the bread that I will give, is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
52 The Jews therefore strove amongst themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to ear?
53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily verily I say unto you, Except ye ear the flesh of the Son of
man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.
54 Whofo eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hach eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwellech in me, and I in him.
57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father : so, he that eareth me, even he shall live by me,
nity. Now the Bread I give to all that are willing to receive it, is my Body, which I will suffer to be destroy'd, that by its Death I may procure Life for Men.
Upon this, those that heard him, disagreed among themselves concerning the meaning of what he had said : for none of 'em understood in what fense it was he told them he would give his Body to men to feed on. Jesus therefore, that they might not make slight of it, and consequently not endeavour to find out the meaning, told them, That unless they eat his Fleln, and drink his Blood, it was impossible to obtain everlasting Life. He only, who thus fatisfies his Hunger and Thirst, can justly hope to obtain that Life which is promis'd on this condition ; and such a one will I raise from the Dead at the day of Judgment: For my Flesh and my Blood are Meat and Drink indeed, and they are the means for the obtaining of everlasting Life. Whoever thus feeds on me will thereby be fo nearly allied to me, that I will account all that belongs to me and him, as belonging in common to us both.
Like as I have bin fent by my Father, and am here on Earth on purpose to exe. cute his Will; fo also whoever shall feed on me, will reckon that he lives for me, that