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John 6:22 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Our blessed Saviour having wrought the foregoing miracle, feeding five thousand with five loaves, the people followed him in troops from place to place. Christ, who knew their hearts, tells them plainly, what was their end: they followed him indeed, but not for any spiritual excellencies they saw in him, or soul advantages they expected from him, but for bread: only to have their bellies fed with the loaves, not their souls satisfied with the bread of life.

Oh! how seldom is Christ sought for his own sake, viz. Jesus quaritur propter Jesum, Aug. How natural is it for men to seek Christ for sinister ends and bye-respects! But to seek him only for outward advantages, is the basest abhors. Labour not for the meat which perisheth.

This prohibition must not be understood absolutely, but comparatively; not as if Christ intended to take them of from their lawful labours, and the business of their callings; but his meaning is, Labour not in the first and chief place for earthly things, which are all perishing; but for bread for your souls to live eternally by; even for the food of my heavenly doctrine, which will make them that feed upon it immortal: and this the Son of man stands ready to give unto you: For him hath God the Father sealed. that is, by a special commission and authority, hath impowered him to dispense all spiritual blessings to them that want and crave them.

Learn hence, 1. That all the things of this life are perishing and fading. The best of outward comforts and enjoyments are meat that perisheth.

2. That it is the greatest of follies to labour intensely and inordinately for, and to set ouraselves with all our might and strength to pursue and follow after, perishing things.

3. That Jesus Christ's holy doctrine, his heavenly grace, is food that never perisheth, nor diminisheth, how many soever partake of it, but makes all that partake thereof, to be partakers of eternal life therewith.

4. That Jesus Christ is authorized, sealed, and commissioned, by his Father, to give eternal life to such as industriously labour after him, and will not be satisfied without him. Him hath God the Father sealed; that is, Jesus Christ was sealed to the office of Mediator by God the Father; Christ was sealed at his baptism; sealed by his doctrine; sealed by his miracles; sealed by his resurrection; sealed by his unction or supereminent and unparalleled sanctification.

Lord! where will the rejecters of Christ then appear at the great day, who have despised the authority of him, whom the Father commissioned to give eternal life to whomsoever he pleaseth.

Consult other comments:

John 6:22 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

John 6:22 - The Greek Testament

John 6:22 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 6:22 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 6:22 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

John 6:22 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 6:22 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 6:22 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 6:22 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

John 6:22 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

John 6:22 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 6:22 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 6:22 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 6:22 - Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

John 6:22 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 6:22 - F.B. Meyer's Through the Bible Commentary

John 6:22 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 6:22 - McGarvey and Pendleton Commentaries (New Testament)

John 6:22 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 6:22 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 6:22 - William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament

John 6:22 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

John 6:22 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 6:22 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 6:22 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

John 6:22 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

John 6:22 - Commentaries on the New Testament and Prophets

John 6:22 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 6:22 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

John 6:22 - A Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, Critical, Doctrinal, and Homiletical by Lange

John 6:22 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

John 6:22 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

John 6:22 - The Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary Edited by Joseph S. Exell

John 6:22 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 6:22 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 6:22 - Ryle's Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

John 6:22 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 6:22 - Spurgeon's Verse Expositions of the Bible

John 6:22 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 6:22 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 6:22 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

John 6:22 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

John 6:22 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 6:22 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament