The gift of the Father to the world(v.35)
The gift of Bread(35a) – Here is the first of the seven I AM’s of Jesus.
The greek verb to be, “ego eimi”, is a rare construct in the new testament, yet it appears in John’s gospel account every time Jesus says “I am.” It is the same verbal construction found in Exodus 3:14, in the greek Septuagint, where God declares of Himself: “I am who I am.
So when Christ says “I am the Bread of Life”, he is not merely using a metaphor to describe his work and purpose, but also to describe his nature, his deity. Therefore in that sense, the gift or offer of God(Father) to the world is God(Son) himself.
The nature of saving faith (35b-35c)
Take note of the parallelism between “coming to Jesus” in v. 35b and “believing in Jesus” in v. 35c. For the apostle John, these terms are interchangeable, both referring to a positive response to Jesus (see John 3:17-21). John’s use of ‘craving’ language denotes more than mental assent. It shows satisfaction in God himself, more specifically in Christ. Since coming to Christ for the satisfaction of our hunger and thirst is used interchangeably with believing, therefore it is oxymoron to say that you believe in Christ and at the same time he is not your soul’s satisfaction.
The world’s rejection of the gift of the Father(v.36)
• Their rejection through their motives (6:26)
• Their rejection through their self reliance (6:27-28)
• Their rejection through their hearts’ desires (6:31, 6:34)
It doesn’t take to be regenerated for us to desire the things that only God can provide, but it does so for us to desire God himself.
The gift of the Father to the Son (v.37)
God’s giving of the chosen ones to the Son
The first time I heard of the Gospel, it sounded like I’m very important to God. As if I’m intrinsically valuable and that he his even willing to send his Son to die for my own sake primarily. It never crossed my mind that it’s just secondary. It is just a means to an end, and not an end in of itself. I never thought that my salvation is but a tiny part of the emotional dynamics within the Trinity. The Father chose a gift, the Holy Spirit seals it, and the Son receives it, cleanse it, and will present it again to the Father. Oh how magnificent that is!
The giving of God grounds our coming to the Son.(v.37a – 37b)
• This implies that not all are given to Son because not all believed.
• But it also implies that no one who truly believes in Christ will be cast out because they are not chosen or given by the Father.
• If you are truly believing in Christ, you have been given first by the Father to the Son. (6:44-45, 6:65)
Christ receives and will keep the gift of the Father(v.37d-40)
Why would Christ not only will not cast out those who would truly believe but also kept them?
The answer to this question is our main point, and I would argue that this is the main point of Jesus’ ministry. Namely, the purpose of Christ in coming down from heaven. Jesus said in v.38 “for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent.” See also John 17:1-5, 5:30, 4:34
What is the will of the Father?
The Father’s will is that Christ will receive his own and keep them. Or another way to put it; those who are truly believing in Christ, will not only have eternal life now but also will be raised by him on the last day. And it’s all for the glory of God. See also John 3:16-17, 6:44-5, 17:9-26, Ephesians 1:11
One and the same
Those that were given by Father, those whom he draws, those who will come and believe, those who will be kept, and those who will be raised, are the same group. There are no dropouts! I won’t be surprised where Paul got his doctrine. See Romans 8:29-30
I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Prison letter of Joy
The forms of the word “Joy” occur sixteen times in Paul’s letter to the Philippians. The irony of course is that those sweet words were spoken while he was in prison (perhaps in Rome, about to face his trial and execution). In his litany of sufferings in 2 Corinthians 11:23-29, we can see that he had been imprisoned many times before and had already experienced the worst, but still, he was able to rejoice.