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The Daily Word of Righteousness
John 6:25-58, #7
"Sir," they said, "from now on give us this bread." (John 6:34)
Simple, but not so simple.
The Lord Jesus promised them the true bread from Heaven. Naturally they wanted this. But they had no idea what was involved.
The Christian life is a simple idea. "Abide in Christ." This is the sum and substance of it.
We may enter the plan of salvation with great joy, something like the Jews leaving Egypt. But then there is no land of milk and honey. Endless miles through a hot desert. God is with us through numerous tribulations and tests. If we endure to the end we shall be saved.
Thousands of students enter the university each year. Most of them do not graduate. Some proceed to graduate school. As the years go by, all sorts of problems arise that make it difficult or impossible for the student to continue.
It is this way with the Christian life. It is a grand parade at the beginning. But as the years roll by, people become discouraged. They settle into a church routine, waiting to die and go to Heaven.
Of these faithful people a few arise who lay hold on the promises of God. Each day, like the Apostle Paul, they press forward into eternal life. They grow into spiritual giants, ready to govern the nations with their great elder Brother, the Lord Jesus Christ.
We can have as much eternal life, as much "bread," as we want. But there is a price to pay. We cannot retain our adamic life and gain eternal life. One or the other life must prevail. Make no mistake, it is a vicious struggle every day when one is determined to attain to the resurrection which is unto eternal life.
I realize most Christian churches do not preach that we are in a struggle to attain to the resurrection unto life, but that is what the Apostle Paul preached.
We really need to return to the Bible these days.
The Lord Jesus is more than willing to give us as much bread as we desire. But in order to gain such life we have to lose our own life. There is no other way. We can't hold onto Adam and receive what Jesus Christ has for us.
To be continued.