October 26, 2020 – Monday
John 6:47 NIV
47 Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life.
John 6:47 KJ21
47 Verily, verily I say unto you, He that believeth in Me hath everlasting life.
John 6:47 CJB
47 Yes, indeed! I tell you, whoever trusts has eternal life:
Started out with verses 47-51, but the more I looked at v47, the more I wanted to spend more time on this verse. Don’t know if that will make this long or short, but it is where I am. To really grasp what Jesus is saying we have to return to definitions for faith and believe.
Faith, pistis, according to Strong’s dictionary: a moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly, constancy in such profession; by extension, the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself:—assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity. Then we have believe or belief as in our verse above, pisteuo, whose root word is pistis or faith. And Strong’s definition tells us to entrust (especially one’s spiritual well-being to Christ):—believe(-r), commit (to trust), put in trust with.
With those definitions in mind let us look once again at what Jesus said, Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life. David Guzik wrote the following about this verse; We read this staggering statement with two main thoughts in mind. First, what it means to “believe” in the sense Jesus meant; that is, to trust in, rely on, and cling to. It is a trusting love. Second, we think of the astounding nature of this claim. No other prophet or holy man of the Bible ever said such a thing; “Believe in me and find everlasting life.”
Peter Pett also found this verse to amazing and contrary to what the Pharisees believed for The Pharisees believed that by reading and assiduously obeying the Law of Moses they would find eternal life by being established in the covenant. Jesus informed them that eternal life was rather to be found now by believing in Him. It was response to Him that would bring life, and that alone. So the message given previously is repeated. Jesus is ‘the bread of life’. Those who truly believe in Him as the bread of life, and receive Him, will have eternal life immediately.
Ellicott’s Commentary fleshes this out even more, This thought gives a new force to what He has said in John 6:40. He there declared the Father’s will, that every one seeing the Son and believing on Him may have eternal life. No man had ever seen the Father, but the Son was then standing in human form before them, and this will was being accomplished, and for the believer eternal life was not only of the future but of the actual present, “He hath eternal life.”
Then there is the Pulpit Commentary which says, “He that believeth on me” has entered on the possession of an eternal blessedness of being, superior to death, transcending time and sense – he “hath eternal life.” Thus Jesus lays it out, will you believe? You have seen my signs and wonders, healing, casting out demons, feeding 5,000 and now He stands before the Pharisees and others and plainly says, Will you believe and accept eternal life? The verses actually said more, 47 Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. 50 But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
Jesus sought to make the understanding of what He was saying plain to everyone, but many disciples deserted Him while He taught in the synagogue in Capernaum when He taught 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. They remained ignorant that He was speaking of His upcoming sacrifice on the cross at Calvary. Or as Guzik puts it, The sacrificed life of Jesus is food and drink for the hungry and thirsty soul. When we receive and internalize Jesus Christ and Him crucified for us, we truly abide in Jesus, and He in us.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father – Thank you again for the wonderful gift of your Son. Your love and mercy know no bounds, and all you ask is that we believe and accept the gift of Grace. In Jesus name. Amen
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton