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Scriptures for Volume Twenty-two


"The Bread of God"

The language of the Scripture quotes has been modernised for easier understanding.

Matthew 24

12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved.

John 6

22 The day following, when the people which stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other boat there, save that one into which His disciples were entered, and that Jesus went not with His disciples into the boat, but that His disciples were gone away alone; 23 (however there came other boats from Tiberias near to the place where they did eat bread, after that the Lord had given thanks) [they wondered].

24 When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither His disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus. 25 And when they had found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, "Rabbi, when [how] came You here?"

26 Jesus answered them and said, "Verily, verily, I say to you, You seek Me, not because you saw the miracles, but because you did eat of the loaves, and were filled. 27 Labour not for the meat [food] which perishes, but for that meat which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give to you: for Him has God the Father sealed."

28 Then said they to Him, "What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?" 29 Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe on Him whom He has sent."

30 They said therefore to Him, "What sign show You then, that we may see, and believe You? What do You work? 31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He [Moses] gave them bread from heaven to eat."

32 Then Jesus said to them, "Verily, verily, I say to you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is He which comes down from heaven, and gives life to the world."

34 Then said they to Him, "Lord, evermore give us this bread." 35 And Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life: he that comes to Me shall never hunger; and he that believes on Me shall never thirst."

36 "But I say to you, That you also have seen Me, and believe not. 37 All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me; and him that comes to Me I will in no wise cast out. 38 For I came down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him that sent Me. 39 And this is the Father's will which has sent Me, that of all [the men and women] which He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it [him or her] up again at the last day."

40 "And this is the will of Him that sent Me, that every one which sees the Son, and believes on Him [as the Son of God], may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day."

41 The Jews then murmured at Him, because He said, "I am the bread which came down from heaven."

42 And they said, "Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that He says, ‘I came down from heaven?’"

43 Jesus therefore answered and said to them, "Murmur not among yourselves. 44 No man can come to Me, except the Father which has sent Me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that has heard, and has learned of the Father, comes to Me. 46 Not that any man has seen the Father, save He which is of God, He has seen the Father."

47 "Verily, verily, I say to you, He that believes on Me has everlasting life [already]. 48 I am that bread of life. 49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50 This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: 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 among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us His flesh to eat?"

53 Then Jesus said to them, "Verily, verily, I say to you, Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats My flesh, and drinks My blood, has 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 eats My flesh, and drinks My blood, dwells in Me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father has sent Me, and I live by the Father: so he that eats Me, even he shall live by Me."

58 "This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eats of this bread shall live for ever."

59 These things said He in the synagogue, as He taught in Capernaum. 60 Many therefore of His disciples, when they had heard this, said, "This is a hard saying; who can hear [accept] it?"

61 When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples murmured at it, He said to them, "Does this [simple doctrine] offend you? 62 What and if you shall see the Son of man ascend up where He was before? [You won’t believe your eyes then]. 63 It is the Spirit that quickens [makes sense of the words]; the flesh [human reasoning] profits nothing: the words that I speak to you, they are [explained by the] Spirit, and they are life. 64 But there are some of you that believe not."

For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray Him. 65 And He said, "Therefore said I to you, that no man can come to Me, except it were given to him of My Father."

66 From that time many of His disciples went back, and walked no more with Him.

67 Then said Jesus to the twelve, "Will you also go away?" 68 Then Simon Peter answered Him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 And we believe and are sure that You are that Christ, the Son of the living God."

70 Jesus answered them, "Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil [a rebel]?" 71 He spoke of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray Him, being one of the twelve.


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