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27 Labour not for the mac which perifhcth, but for that meat which endurech unto everlasting life, which tlie Son of man (hall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?
29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
30 They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? What dost thou work?
ai Our fathers did eat manna in the desert -, as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.
"be, not after the Food which can nourish only for a (hart time, but after that which will nourish your Souls to all eternity, and which I will bestow upon you (tho I no way seem to differ from any other person in my outward appearance) provided you prepare your selves to receive it as becomes you. Neither can you doubt of my having such a Power, since God bears witness to the truth of what I fay by the Miracles you have seen me perform among you, which are as it were so manySeals for a confirmation of it.
The men struck with this answer, ask'd him what they were to do to become acceptable to God. Then said Jesus : Believe on him whom God hath scut unto you, and obey the Doctrine he brings you from God himself. Hereupon, being half angry that he did nos set himself up for a King over them, whom they were ready to own and assist as such, as if they had quite forgot the Wonders he had perform'd among them, they ask'd him if he could (hew any Miracle in confirmation of what he said to them, and which might make them give credit to him.
For, said they, our Ancestors believ'd on Moses, as you require us to believe on you •, but then he fed them with Manna in the Deserts of Arabia, which, as the Scripture speaks, was, as it were, Bread fern down from Heaven toeru, Pi. 78. 24.
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32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily verily, I fay unto you, Moses gare you not that bread from heaven •, but my Father givcth you the true bread from heaven.
23 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.
3$ And Jesus laid unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me, shall never hunger-, and he that believeth on me, shall never thirst.
35 But I said unto you, that ye also have seen me, and believe not.
37 All that the Father giveth me, shall come to me; and him that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out.
"Jesus replied, that, properly speaking, Moses could not be said to have given them Bread From Heaven, but that he would give them heavenly Bread in his Fa'ther's name, and justly so called; that this Bread was truly divine, and sent down from Heaven ; and that men were not only nourilh'd with it, but received Life from it. They not reaching the true meaning of what Jesus skid, intreated him to give them always this fort of Bread.
Jesus answer'd them more openly, but still in a figurative Speech, as willing to get rid of these men, who thought of nothing but the conveniences of this life, and were ready to raise a Tumult upon his account, and proclaim him King: I am, said he, that Bread which is the Source of Life: Whoever becomes my Disciple fliall partake of this Bread, and never hunger or thirst more, as those did who fed on the Mania Moses gave them, and drank of the Water that flowed out of the Rock. These things I have plainly dedar'd unto you, and yet you do not believe: The reason is, because you did not believe in God ^ for all those of the Jews who believ'd mv Father, have also believ'd me, and are become my Dilciples, nor do I reject any that srriousty desire to be my Disciples. I am come from Heaven, not
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38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine o>vn will, but the will of him that lent me.
39 And this is the Fathers will which hath sent me, that ot all which he hath given me, I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
40 And this is the will of him chat sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believech on him, 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 faith, I came do.vn from
43 Jesus therefore answered and said unco them, Murmur not among your selves.
to do my own Will, but the Orders I am charged with by my heavenly Father; and he has commanded me to take care of thole who having believ'd in him, are become my Disciples, that at the Resurrection they may t>e made partakers of eternal Happiness. For it is the good pleasure of God who hath sent me, that whoever sees my Miracles, and believes my Doctrine, fliould inherit everlasting Life, to which I will raise him at the last Day.
The Jews having heard this Reply of Jefns,ax\d not being able to bear with his telling them he was bread comedown from Heave^mUtter'cl among themselves, asking one another whether he were not Jesus the Naz.arene, the Son of Joseph and Mary, Persons very well known in Nazjtretk^ how then, said they, could he come down from Heaven, as he pretends?
Jesus answer'd them in these or the like words-: Do not murmur among your selves at what I have said, as if I requir'd you to believe a Lie. I propose nothing as the Object of your Belief, which is not in it self most true ; but the reason why you cannot prevail with your selves to believe me, is, because you were never so
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44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath 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 hath heard, and hath learned os the Father, cometh unto me.
4<f Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.
47 Verily verily I fay unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
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 cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.
Si I am the living bread, which came down from heaven : if any man eat of this bread, he lhall live for ever:
throwly affected as you ought, with the reveal'd Will of my heavenly Father, ftow, no one among the Jews can become my Disciple, unless he first believes the Revelation of my Father; and such a one will I raise from the Dead at the last Day, that I may reward him with everlasting Happiness. The Prophets have foretold that All the Jews who will npt continue obstinate in their Errors, Jhali be taught by God himself, Isa. 54. 13. Jer. 31. 34. and indeed whoever embraces my Doctrine, knows it is his duty so to do by the Revelation he has receiv'd from my Father :* But yet you are not to mistake me so far as to think these men already acquainted with all that God has determined to reveal by me to men. This you may be assured of, that whoever believes and obeys my Doctrine, lhall partake of eternal Happinels: For I am, as I told you, fnat Bread, which being fed on, will nourish you to everlasting Life. Your Ancestors, 'tis true, did eat Manna in the Deserts of Arabia, and yet were all mortal ■, but here you have Bread offer'd, which whoever feeds on, lhall never die. 'Tis I who am that Bread come down from Heaven to that very end, that whoever, feeds on it, lhall be nOurifh'd to EterMatthbw. Mark. Lukb. John.
and the bread that I will give,
52 The Jews therefore
53 Then Jesus did unto them, Verily verily I fay unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.
54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my Wood, hath
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him up at the last day.
55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
5$ He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.
57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so, he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.
nity. Now the Bread I give to all that are willing to receive it, is my Body, which I will suffer to be destroys, that by its Death I may procure Life for Men.
Upon this, those that heard him, disagreed among themselves concerning the meaning of what he had laid : for none of 'em understood in what fense it was he told them he would give his Body to men to feed on. Jesus therefore, that they might not make flight of it, and consequently not endeavour to find out the meaning, told them, That unless they eat his Flesh, and drink his Blood, it was impossible to obtain everlasting Life. He only, who thus satisfies his Hunger and Thirst, can justly hope to obtain that Life which is promis'd on this condition *, and such a one will I raise from the Dead at the day of Judgment: For my Flesh and my Blood are Meat and Drink indeed, and they are the means for the obtaining of everlasting Life. Whoever thus feeds on me will thereby be so nearly allied to me, that I will account all that belongs to me and him, as belonging in common to us both.
Like as I have bin sent by my Father, and am here on Earth on purpose to execute his Will •, so also whoever shall feed on me, will reckon that be lives for me, that
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