Answered Questions – What about John 6:65

A private question:

Have you blogged on John 6:65?

John 6:65:

Joh 6:65 And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.”

No. I have not blogged about this. Here is what appears to be happening in the text:

Jesus offends his disciples by talking about cannibalism (v53-56). A bunch of disciples leave. Then Jesus doubles down and makes a reference to himself ascending to heaven (v62). This offends more of them. Jesus then tells them his words are life, and there are disciples that do not believe it (referencing those who left). He flushes them out by saying no one can come to/with him unless they accept that Jesus’ words are from God. the next verse says a bunch of disciples leave (v66). Then the 12 disciples start talking about eternal life. It seems “that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father” the “it” is Jesus’ words, the life giving words
and false disciples were following Jesus but not believing his words were from God. Jesus’ point is twofold, that those who are rejecting him are rejecting God, and that they just don’t understand Jesus’ teaching (which they would understand if they were more spiritually inclined).

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