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John 6:48 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

In these verses our blessed Saviour resumes his former doctrine, namely, that he is the object of saving faith, and the bread of life, which he compares with the manna, the bread of Israel. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, which manna was an illustrious type of Christ. Thus both came down from heaven; both were freely given of God without any merit or desert of men; both in a miraculous manner; both at first unknown what they were, and whence they came; both equally belonging to all: both sufficient for all, poor and rich.

The manna, white in colour, so clear is our Lord's innocence; pleasant like honey, so sweet are his benefits: beaten and broken before eaten, Christ on his cross, bleeding and dying; giving only in the wilderness, and ceasing as soon as they came in to the land of promise, as sacraments shall vanish, when we enjoy the substance, in heaven. But though manna was thus excellent, yet the eaters of it were dead; but such as feed upon Christ, the bread of life, shall live eternally in bliss and glory. I am the living bread which came down from heaven, if any man may eat of this bread, he shall live for ever.

Here we learn, 1. What a miserable creature man naturally is, in a pining and starved condition, under the want of soul food.

2. That Jesus Christ is the food of souls, which quickens them that are dead, and is unto the needy soul all that it can need; such spiritual food as will prove a remedy and preservative against death, both spiritual and eternal. I am the living bread.

Consult other comments:

John 6:48 - The Greek Testament

John 6:48 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 6:48 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 6:48 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

John 6:48 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 6:48 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 6:48 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 6:48 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 6:48 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 6:48 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 6:48 - Geneva Bible Notes

John 6:48 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 6:48 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

John 6:48 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 6:48 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 6:48 - Expositions Of Holy Scripture by Alexander MacLaren

John 6:48 - Church Pulpit Commentary

John 6:48 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 6:48 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 6:48 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 6:48 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 6:48 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 6:48 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament