There is a common need in all of our life; “Bread“ There is much we have that we might do without, but we cannot live without bread.
All who makes worldly good their portion, or who seek to save themselves by their own righteousness, are spending “money for that which is not bread,” their spirits must remain empty and unsatisfied for that which is not bread; for those vain or foolish things which can never nourish or satisfy your soul, such as worldly goods, or your own designs, superstitions, and idolatries. (Lk.16:25 “ But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.”
Eat that which is good; that which is true, that which is hearty, and that which is everlastingly beneficial, and not such things which though they be called and seem to be good, yet really are evil, and most insidious to us.
It is only God’s salvation that can fill the human soul.
Christ is the Bread of Life. Except we eat of this bread we shall die (Jh. 6:50).
We shall live for ever: We shall be prepared for immortality, by eating of the bread of life; that is, by receiving and digesting the heavenly doctrine of Christ.
According to (Jh. 6:47) we have everlasting life through Christ only, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.”
We are entitled to this by believing on Christ, and trusting in him alone for our salvation.
Our blessed Lord surrender here what he had said in the preceding discourse.
Each person who is saved is drawn by the Holy Spirit. We must hears his instructions, we must accepts his plan of salvation that is offered to us by Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by faith.
We also must be nourished by the bread of life, are we may say by the Word of God.
It is by Christ we are persevered in the faith.
We will not be lost, we will be raised up at the last day, and made partaker of eternal life (1.Co.15:42,45) “So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.”
A foolish life, “Spending for that which is not bread” needlessly when they are trying to save themselves,when they are hewing out cisterns that can hold no water; when trying to live without strength from Christ.
By hearing the word of God we receive grace, for by it faith comes.
A willing ear leads us to a converted mind.
Salvation is by covenant, God enters into covenant with sinners through Christ Jesus; and that covenant is everlasting and sure.
What an honor and a favor to be in covenant with God.
Note this pointed question “Wherefore do ye spend ? ” Will you answer this question, and tell God why you go on working and giving to getsatisfaction, and yet never
There is good advice in God’s Word, “Hearken unto Me.” Let us hear him, let us take his way, and we will find what we need. “If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink.”
I will give him the spiritual water of wise instructions, and of the doctrine of eternal life, which to the souls of all who really desire wisdom and happiness is greater and more real refreshment, than natural water is to a thirsty body.
The invitation itself is very general: If any man thirst, whoever he be, he is invited to Christ be he high or low, rich or poor, young or old, bond or free, Jew or Gentile.
“If any man thirst, let him come to me and drink. If any man desires to be truly and eternally happy, let him apply himself to me, and be ruled by me, and I will undertake to make him so.”
“Let him come and drink, he shall have what he comes for, and abundantly more, he shall have that which will not only refresh, but replenish, a soul that desires to be happy.
It is promised to all that believe on Christ that they shall receive the Holy Ghost. Some received his miraculous gifts. All receive his sanctifying graces. The gift of the Holy Ghost is one of the great blessings promised in the new covenant (Ac. 2:39) , and, if promised, no doubt performed to all that have an interest in that covenant.
The Spirit dwelling and working in believers is as a fountain of living running water, out of which plentiful streams flow, cooling and cleansing as water, mollifying and moistening as water, making them fruitful, and others joyful;
Salvation is of the Lord. He only can reveal and impart eternal life (Ac. 4:12) “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
the Apostle speaks of eternal salvation as attainable by Jesus Christ only, he is not so to be understood as if Christ brought any man to heaven at once, without first leading him in the way thither.
For the salvation here spoken of begins in this life. Christ first saves us from our sins, both from the guilt and the power of them.
He gives us repentance and grace to love and serve and honour God truly and faithfully in our generation;
He applies the merits of his death to us for the pardon of our sins, and for our reconciliation with God: He makes us pure and humble and holy, every way meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; and then, and not till then,
He brings us to it. So that the whole of our salvation, from first to last, is begun, continued, and perfected, only by Him; none of us being able to do any thing towards it to any purpose, much less to attain the end of our faith, even the eternal salvation of our souls, without Him.
That is, no other person designed or appointed by God, to be the author of redemption to, and procurer of salvation for, a lost and miserable world, but only Jesus Christ our Lord.
Take we good heed then, that we do not reject or set Jesus at aught; for in the rejecting of Christ, we reject the wisdom of God, the authority of God, the love of God, yea, the salvation of God.
Let us Hear what God has to say to us.
There is gracious invitation.“Ho, every one that thirsteth, come.” A fountain has been opened. (Rev..21:6) declared “And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.“
This was what Jesus stated, It is as surely done, as if it were past already: I am the First and the Last; even the First before all beginning, and the Last after all endings; Eternal, without beginning or ending. To him, that hath hungered and thirsted after righteousness, will I freely give, out of the lively fountain of my grace and mercy, everlasting life.
Christ has finished the work. “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.” (Jh.19:30).
It is finished, as if he had said: “I have executed the great designs of the Almighty-I have satisfied the demands of his justice, I have accomplished all that was written in the prophets and law, and have suffered the utmost malice of my enemies; and now the way to the holy of holies is made manifest through my blood.” An unspeakable, yet a glorious finish. Through this tragical death God is reconciled to man, and the kingdom of heaven opened to every believing soul.
Those who hearken unto Him will surely get an invitation,
Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
A simple condition that we may find ourself in “Without money.” Your emptiness and need is your best and only plea.
Counsel thee to buy gold. Your paltry pence is no use for this.
“By grace are ye saved through faith” (Eph.2:8).Eph 2:8 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”
Thank God for a happy prospect, “Your soul shall delight it self in fatness.”
This delightful satisfaction comes when you drink of the river of our Lord’s pleasures (Psa. 36: 8).
We shall not only be well contended in that condition wherein we are; but we will have abundant satisfaction in his love to us; and, at length, bring him the sacrifice of thanksgiving, for his merciful redemption, and feast with him in his habitation; where he shalt pour into us the sweetest joys, and give us an earnest of the greatest plenty of all divine blessings, that shall continually flow in and upon us.
The world cannot give it. “Incline your ear, and come unto Me. Hear, and your soul shall live.” (v.3).