John 6:63 - The Power of God's Word.

John 6:63 - The Power of God's Word.

John 6:63 (NIV) The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for 
nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.  

John 6:63 (TLB) Only the Holy Spirit gives eternal life. Those 
born only once, with physical birth, will never receive this gift. 
But now I have told you how to get this true spiritual life. 

   The life of Christ, that gives life to the world, is in His 
word. It was by His word that Jesus healed disease and cast out 
demons; by His word He stilled the sea, and raised the dead; and the 
people bore witness that His word was with power. He spoke the word of 
God, as He had spoken through all the prophets and teachers of the 
Old Testament. The whole Bible is a manifestation of Christ, and the 
Saviour desired to fix the faith of His followers on the word. When his 
visible presence should be withdrawn, the word must be their source of 
power. Like their Master, they were to live "by every word that 
proceedeth out of the mouth of God." [Mat. 4:4.] 
   As our physical life is sustained by food, so our spiritual 
life is sustained by the word of God. And every soul is to receive 
life from God's word for himself. As we must eat for ourselves in 
order to receive nourishment, so we must receive the word for 
ourselves. We are not to obtain it merely through the medium of another's 
mind. We should carefully study the Bible, asking God for the aid of 
the Holy Spirit, that we may understand His word. We should take one 
verse, and concentrate the mind on the task of ascertaining the thought 
which God has put in that verse for us. We should dwell upon the 
thought until it becomes our own, and we know "what saith the Lord.". . 
. . . 
   By looking constantly to Jesus with the eye of faith, we 
shall be strengthened. God will make the most precious revelations to 
His hungering, thirsting people. They will find that Christ is a 
personal Saviour. As they feed upon His word, they find that it is spirit 
and life. The word destroys the natural, earthly nature, and imparts 
a new life in Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit comes to the soul as a 
Comforter. By the transforming agency of His grace, the image of God is 
reproduced in the disciple; he becomes a new creature. Love takes the place 
of hatred, and the heart receives the divine similitude. This is 
what it means to live "by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth 
of God." This is eating the Bread that comes down from heaven.  

The creative energy that called the worlds into existence is in 
the word of God. This word imparts power; it begets life. Every 
command is a promise; accepted by the will, received into the soul, it 
brings with it the life of the Infinite One. It transforms the nature 
and re-creates the soul in the image of God.  ED126 

"The words that I speak to you, they are Spirit, and they are 
life." In other words, a person eats Christ's flesh and drinks His 
blood--that is, partakes of Christ and receives Him--by receiving the Word as 
taught by the Spirit. . . . Jesus is the Living Word (John 1:1-4), and 
He was "made flesh" for us (1:14). The Bible is the written Word. 
Whatever the Bible says about Jesus, it also says about itself. Both are 
holy (Luke 1:35 and 2 Tim. 3:15); both are Truth (John 14:6; 17:17); 
both are Light (John 8:12; Ps. 119:105); both give life (John 5:21; 
Ps. 119:93); both produce the new birth (1 John 5:18; 1 Peter 1:23); 
both are eternal (Rev. 4:10; 1 Peter 1:23); both are the power of God 
(1 Cor. 1:24; Rom. 1:16). The conclusion is obvious: when you 
receive the Word into your heart, you receive Jesus Christ. We "eat His 
flesh" by partaking of the Word of God. "I am the living Bread," said 
Jesus in v. 51; and in Matt. 4:4 He said, "Man shall not live by bread 
alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God." [Wiersbe 
Expository Outlines] 


   The story is told of an old man who lived on a farm in the 
mountains of eastern Kentucky with his young grandson 
   Each morning, Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen 
table reading from his old worn-out Bible. His grandson who wanted to 
be just like him tried to imitate him in any way he could.. 
   One day the grandson asked, 'Papa, I try to read the Bible 
just like you but I don't understand it, and what I do understand I 
forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Bible 
   The grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove 
and said, 'Take this old wicker coal basket down to the river and 
bring back a basket of water.' The boy did as he was told, even though 
all the water leaked out before he could get back to the house. 
   The grandfather laughed and said, 'You will have to move a 
little faster next time,' and sent him back to the river with the 
basket to try again. 
   This time the boy ran faster, but again the old wicker basket 
was empty before he returned home. 
   Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was impossible 
to carry water in a basket, and he went to get a bucket instead. 
   The old man said, 'I don't want a bucket of water; I want a 
basket of water. You can do this. You're just not trying hard enough,' 
and he went out the door to watch the boy try again. At this point, 
the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his 
grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak 
out before he got far at all. 
   The boy scooped the water and ran hard, but when he reached 
his grandfather the basket was again empty. Out of breath, he said, 
'See Papa, it's useless!' 'So you think it is useless?' the old man 
said. 'Look at the basket.' The boy looked at the basket and for the 
first time he realized that the basket looked different. Instead of a 
dirty old wicker coal basket, it was clean. 'Son, that's what happens 
when you read the Bible. You might not understand or remember 
everything, but when you read it, it will change you from the inside out.' 
   Moral of the wicker basket story: Take time to read a portion 
of God's word each day; it will affect you for good even if you 
don't retain a word. Source: Internet 

   A story is told of an aged Christian who had long grieved 
over her ability to remember what she read in the Bible. Day after 
day, as old age and infirmity drew on, she would read from the Book 
she loved, only to find that a few minutes after closing her Bible 
she could not recall a word. One evening, after going through the 
same experience again, she lay down to sleep, tired and discouraged, 
telling herself it  was useless to read what so soon passed from her 
   That night she had an impressive dream. She seemed to be 
standing, with a loosely woven basket in her hand, by the bank of a 
beautiful stream whose crystal waters flowed softly at her feet. By her 
side stood an angel in shining robes, who bade her stoop and fill her 
basket with living water.   
   Again and again she tried to fill it, but the loose mesh, 
would not retain the water and it  flowed out again. Disappointed and 
disheartened, she turned weeping away; but the angel, bending tenderly over 
her whispered, "Look inside the basket, dear one." Gazing with tear 
dimmed eyes, the woman saw that the basket, which had once been soiled 
and dusty, was now white as the driven snow, sparkling in the 
sunlight.  And so it is with the word of God. Even though we may often be 
unable to recall what we have but recently read, if we constantly fill 
our minds and hearts with the word, it will exert its cleansing, 
life-giving power in our lives. By Leonora L. Warriner, Signs of the Times, 
January 31, 1939   


Received into the heart, the leaven of truth will regulate the 
desires, purify the thoughts, and sweeten the disposition. It quickens 
the faculties of the mind and the energies of the soul. It enlarges 
the capacity for feeling, for loving. COL99-102 

The Bible is the seed of the new birth (1 Pet. 1:23), and the 
food of the new life, (1 Pet. 2:1-2). (Matthew Henry Commentary) 






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