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Thursday, October 11, 2012


Hidden Manna
Kay Frances Graves


He that hath an ear
let him hear what the Spirit saith
unto the churches;

To him that overcometh

will I give to eat of the hidden manna,
and will give him a white stone,
and in the stone a new name written,
which no man knoweth
saving he that receiveth it.

-Revelation 2:17

       After completing Mystery of the First Love Lost, I requested my next assignment. Like Solomon desiring the most important thing in life, I sensed that I should also seek to address the most important issues facing mankind today.
       The signs of the times indicate that we may be in the beginning stages of the end of life as we have known it on Planet Earth. I hoped that God would once again use my simple, unpolished style of writing to emphasize the message He wants to bring at this time, when so many hearts are troubled and so little is to be found in the way of real spiritual food.
       Years ago I began hearing myself say, “If the truth will not be heard from the pulpit, perhaps God will raise up some little old lady in the back pew to expound it.”
       I never imagined that I might be that “little old lady.”
       Even though the birthing pains have already begun, there may still be time to sort out priorities and seek clarity regarding how we should respond to the challenges that lie ahead. Many of us still have a long way to go before we are spiritually prepared for what is coming.
       While Mystery of the First Love Lost was gradually unraveled and revealed from page one, this book on the other hand, will reveal the ending first.
       Knowing the victory and blessing that can belong to us when Christ finally returns, will help motivate us to keep knocking and keep seeking as we consider what is written within the pages of this book--and His Book.


(9)And the great dragon was cast out,
that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan
which deceiveth the whole world:
he was cast out into the earth,
and his angels were cast out with him.
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven,
Now is come salvation, and strength,
and the kingdom of our God,
and the power of his Christ:
for the accuser of our brethren is cast down,
which accused them before our God day and night.
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb,
and by the word of their testimony;
and they loved not their lives unto the death.

-Revelation 12:9-11

Three things must take place in order to overcome and endure to the end:
1. The blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ must be personally appropriated.
2. The word of testimony must be personally proclaimed.
3. Christ must be preeminent above everything--even life itself.

What is the “word of testimony?”

And I fell at his feet to worship him.
And he said unto me,
See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant,
and of thy brethren
that have the testimony of Jesus:
worship God:

for the testimony of Jesus
is the spirit of prophecy.

-Revelation 19:10

In the alpha and omega style of Jesus we see that the “word of testimony” is the testimony of the Word—the living Word of God (Jesus Christ) and the written Word of God. This is the “spirit of prophecy”—the Spirit of God that resides in His Word, correctly interpreting His Word and proclaiming it.

The Word is the spirit of prophecy because it is the testimony of Jesus:

Testimony = #G3141

Testifying as it relates to the office committed to the prophets
Testifying to future events
• A witness—one who is a spectator of anything

Prophecy = #G4394
• First of all a discourse emanating from divine inspiration
• Declaring the purposes of God by reproving the wicked
• Comforting the afflicted
• Revealing things hidden; esp. by foretelling future events

       In other words, the Spirit of prophecy is the Word of testimony that believers possess which comes from their personal experience with the Word of God. 
       While truth has been hidden from worldings who prefer to stumble around in the dark, the Spirit of prophecy—the Holy Spirit that correctly interprets the Word of God, brings true believers into all truth, empowering them by the Spirit of God to be a witness concerning how the Word of God has worked through the experiences in their lives and enabled them to overcome.
       It is the Spirit of the Word of God that will empower us to overcome and endure to the end.
       The Book of Revelation tells us that it is time to reveal that which is hidden. 
       Therefore, let us open our spiritual eyes and behold the “Hidden Manna” which we are about to receive.

Chapter 1 - In the Beginning

And God said,

Let there be light:
and there was light.
-Genesis 1:3

       The first page of the history of mankind records that the Bible is not only a spiritual and historical Book, but a scientific Book as well. 
       This must be so, for God does not exclusively address issues of the spiritual dimension only, but has told us that Jesus, the living Word of God, came to “make us whole,” confirming that God is concerned with every aspect of our life: spirit, body, mind, and emotions—our entire being.
       God’s science Book of the Universe tells us that He created everything that exists through the energy (light) that proceeded from His mouth as He spoke the Universe and Planet Earth into existence by the inconceivable power that resides in His Voice.
       This is the same power the enemies of God will be facing when Christ returns. The Book of Revelation tells us that when He speaks to them at that time, they will instantly drop dead in their tracks.
       In the Book of John, there is another aspect to the reality of the Word first seen in Genesis:

(1)In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God

       The Word existed right from the beginning. Not only was the Word, God Himself, but the Word was also something (or Someone) else called “the Word,” who was “with” God in the beginning.
       God is revealing another significant fact in this first verse. He is telling us that the Holy Bible is not any ordinary book on the shelf. 
       Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3:12 that if he could not understand His illustration of how earthly things symbolize spiritual things, neither would he be able to understand the spiritual concepts He was giving him.

If I have told you earthly things,
and ye believe not,

how shall ye believe,
if I tell you of heavenly things?
-John 3:12
       Let us be careful not to confuse "earthly" with "worldly." 
       When Jesus spoke of earthly things it was an illustration of how God uses creation to teach spiritual lessons.
       When the Word of God says, "God so loved the world," it is referring to His creation. 
       On the other hand when the Word of God says, "Whosoever therefore will be the friend of the world is the enemy of God," (James 4:4) it is referring to the "system of this world."
       The Bible never contradicts itself. It is talking about two different "worlds." One is God's creation and the other is man's creation, or system of this world that is working contrary to God's Word and creation.
       Through this discourse with Nicodemus, Jesus was telling mankind that without the ability to see the illustrations and lessons God was giving us through His creation, we would never be able to correctly understand how He works in the spiritual realm either. We will never really be able to get a true understanding of how our physical life relates to our spiritual life and the Word of God.
       So if we hope to continue mining the gold from the Word of God, first worldly thinking must be removed from our spiritual perspective in order to begin to grasp the reality of what the Bible is really saying to those God has called from before the foundation of the Earth. Jesus said that we must become "as little children" (who have not yet been influenced by the philosophies of the system of this world and are able to see things just as they really are, not as someone else has told us they are).
       The first passage of Genesis goes on to describe the identity of the other Person who was with God in the beginning:

(2)The same
was in the beginning with God.

       Who is “the same” or “the same One” who was with God in the beginning?
       This specific Word is God and this specific Word was also with God.

(3)All things were made by him;
and without him
was not any thing made that was made

       All things were created by this Word who is referred to as “him.” Therefore the Word that was with God was a Person.
       John 1 gives us further clues to the identity of this Person:

(4)In him was life;
and the life was the light of men

       The Person who is also the Word created all things, including mankind. He is the One who put life’s energizing power (biological energy) into the physical bodies of those He created.

(5)And the light shineth in darkness;
and the darkness
comprehended it not.

       This Person, called “the Word of God,” who created all things carries a special spiritual light. This light or energy not only has the ability to physically bring about human life, but to also dispel spiritual darkness. Those who dwell in spiritual darkness are unable to understand this light.

(6)There was a man sent from God,
whose name was John.
(7)The same came for a witness,
to bear witness of the Light,
that all men through him might believe.
(8)He was not that Light,
but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
(9)That was the true Light,
which lighteth every man
that cometh into the world

       John (the Baptist) was on a mission from God to testify that this Person called “the Word of God,” was actually the true Light that creates the power of physical life in every person who is born.

(10)He was in the world,
and the world was made by him,
and the world knew him not.

       The living Word of God made the world and everything in it, then came into the world, but the world was spiritually blind and did not recognize who He really was.

(11)He came unto his own,
and his own received him not.
(12)But as many as received him, to them gave he power
to become the sons of God,
even to them that believe on his name:

(13)Which were born, not of blood,
nor of the will of the flesh,
nor of the will of man,
but of God.

       The Word of God came to those who belonged to Him by His right of creation--because He was their Creator, but most of them did not accept Him. Those who did receive Him and believed who He really was, were given the spiritual power to become the children of God.
       This did not happen in the physical dimension as when children are born into the physical world, but this came about in the spiritual dimension as the will of God moved in the hearts of those who received the Word of God.

(14)And the Word was made flesh,
and dwelt among us,

(and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,)
full of grace and truth.

       Now we are told that this Person, the living Word of God, became a physical Person—made of flesh, who actually lived among the inhabitants of Earth. 
       He was also a special Person because He had the same glory (#G1391 = character and majesty of God) which manifested the grace (#G5485 = loving kindness) and truth of God.

(15)John bare witness of him, and cried, saying,
This was he of whom I spake,
He that cometh after me is preferred before me:
for he was before me.
(16)And of his fulness have all we received,
and grace for grace.

       An important part of John the Baptist’s message was to testify that the Word that was made flesh had actually existed in the beginning, even before John himself had been born.
       When the Word of God became flesh, it then became possible to receive the fullness of God, His love, and His loving kindness.

(17)For the law was given by Moses,
but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

       Finally we are told that the Person who was with God in the beginning is Jesus Christ. 
       God has always loved His people. But at first, they knew God only through His Law which He gave to Moses to guide and protect them. But when Jesus Christ came to Earth, He brought God’s love, kindness, and truth to His people in a more intimate way, making the fullness of God's love available to all who would understand and believe.

(18)No man hath seen God at any time,
the only begotten Son,
which is in the bosom of the Father,
he hath declared him.

       It is impossible for anyone to see God. But Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, is the personification of God. He has been sent to show us who God really is.
       God’s Word and Law were given to His people through Moses, as he led the children of God through the wilderness. 
       But God Himself provided the manna that kept His people alive.
       Now Jesus Christ, the personification of God, has come to give His people the Hidden Manna--the living and written Word of God. 
       He has come to nourish and sustain His people by giving them Himself.

Chapter 2 - Bread of Life

(3)And when the tempter came to him, he said,
If thou be the Son of God,
command that these stones be made bread.

But he answered and said,
It is written,
Man shall not live by bread alone,

but by every word
that proceedeth out
of the mouth of God.

-Matthew 4:3-4

       The Evil One came to tempt Jesus. While the devil is very clever, he does not possess the power to overcome the wisdom of God, so he failed to lure Jesus into his trap.
       But through his attempt to influence Jesus, an interesting thing happened. The devil revealed the workings of his own evil character, as it has been recorded in the Book of Matthew, for all to see.
       In other words he was saying, “If you think you are so great, meet your own needs. Do a miracle for yourself and turn these physical stones into physical bread.”
       The devil is behind every worldly effort that tempts us to take our focus off the most important things in life. His mission is to make us think that we are preeminent. He is a priority changer pressuring and motivating us to try to establish a belief system, contrary to God, that focuses on fulfilling our own dreams, needs, and desires until we forget that God is preeminent and the One who is really in charge.
       How did Jesus deal with this assault and insult? He went back to the Word of God—the foundation of Truth and Wisdom and said, “It is written.” He was telling this to the devil, but more importantly, He was telling this to us. He knew that His response would also be recorded in the Book of Matthew.
       In other words Jesus was saying, “Follow my example when facing temptations. Consult the Word of God and consider what is written, before you make any decisions regarding how your needs will be met. Remember that the most important food we eat is not the physical bread, but the spiritual bread. This spiritual bread is my voice found in my Word. As you feed on every Word of God, it will maintain and sustain your life.”
       The Word of God is alive with His power. Just as physical bread keeps our body alive, God’s Word is the spiritual bread that keeps our spirit alive as well as maintaining the health of our body.
       Jesus has revealed to us that we must have both spiritual food as well as physical food in order to live. Therefore, those who do not feed on the Word of God are only half alive. They are, in fact, the walking dead regardless of how religious they may appear to be.
       (This means personally feeding on the Word daily, as opposed to waiting for someone else to read us the Word, to preach the Word to us, or interpret the Word for us).

(31)Our fathers did eat manna in the desert,
As it is written,

He gave them

bread from heaven to eat.
(32) Then Jesus said unto them,
Verily, verily, I say unto you,

Moses gave you not
that bread from heaven;
But my Father
giveth you
the true bread from heaven.
-John 6:31-32

       The people have been following the teaching of Moses. Moses had been their “mediator.” However, Jesus makes it clear that Moses did not give them the manna. God, the Father, is the One who provided the bread directly from heaven to sustain their physical bodies.
       They do not need a mediator. They only need the True Bread, which is Jesus Himself—the Word of God in the flesh.
       Then Jesus went on to tell them that there are two kinds of bread: physical bread and spiritual bread.
For the bread of God
is he which cometh down from heaven,
and giveth life unto the world.

-John 6:33

       Just as Moses was not involved in giving the bread but God, Himself, gave physical bread to His people in the desert, now God, Himself, is giving this new spiritual bread. Jesus is this spiritual bread because He sustains spiritual life just as physical bread sustains physical life.
       There aren’t any mediators. God wants to feed His people Himself.

Then said they unto him,
Lord, evermore
give us this bread.
-John 6:34
       It seems that the people are ready to receive the spiritual bread, but Jesus knows that they still do not understand that He is the Bread and that the illustration of eating is to help them understand that the ability to believe is a result of feeding on the Word of God.
(35)And Jesus said 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.
(36)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.
-John 6:35-37
       By now it is evident that this concept is falling on spiritually deaf ears and becoming redundant. Nothing is being accomplished with these particular people.
       Jesus tells them plainly that they are unable to understand because they do not have the capacity to believe.  They do not have ears to hear. 
       If the Father had given them to Christ, they would understand and believe because those who are given to Jesus are never cast out or lost.
(38)For I came down from heaven,
not to do mine own will,
but the will of him that sent me.

(39)And this is the Father’s will

which hath sent me,
that of all which he hath given me
I should lose nothing,
but should raise it up again
at the last day.
And this is the will
of him that sent me,

that every one which seeth the Son,
and believeth on him,
may have everlasting life:
and I will raise him up
at the last day

-John 6:38-40

       Jesus changes the focus and is now emphasizing that the Word and the will of God are one.
       Just as Jesus is compelled to do the will of the Father because He is the Word in the flesh and is bound to the Word of the Father, we also will discover God’s will only by feasting on the Word (Jesus) who is this “Bread from Heaven.”
       It is Jesus, accessed through the Word, which binds us to the Word and compels us to follow Him through the Word.
       In the passage above, Jesus reiterates that eternal life is about believing God’s Word, not working to gain His favor or trying to earn eternal life. God, the Father, is the One who gives us to the Son.
(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 saith,
I came down from heaven?

-John 6:41-42

       The people were confused and the Jews sought to add to the confusion by discrediting the divine authority of Jesus. So they attempted to change the heavenly focus of the bread from heaven and return the conversation to an earthly focus again, by trying to make an issue of Jesus’ humble earthly family.

(43)Jesus therefore answered
and said unto them,
Murmur not among yourselves.
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,

[referring to the Word of God]

And they shall be all taught of God

[through the Word of God]
Every man therefore
that hath heard,
and hath learned
of the Father,

[through the Word of God]

cometh unto me.

[for an eternal relationship with God]
(46)Not that any man
hath seen the Father,
save he which is of God,
he hath seen the Father.

-John 6:43-46
       These remarks of Jesus should have settled the question regarding His earthly heritage and divine authority. Jesus stated further:

(47) Verily, verily, I say 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.
This is the bread
which cometh down from heaven,
that a man may eat thereof,
and not die.

I am the living bread

which came down from heaven:
if any man eat of this bread,
he shall live for ever:
and the bread that I will give
is my flesh,
which I will give
for the life of the world.

-John 6:47-51
       Here is proof that our eternal spiritual life is more valuable than our physical life. Jesus tells us that when we eat physical bread, we will eventually die. But when we eat spiritual bread, we will live for ever.
       In the alpha and omega style of God, Jesus Himself now takes charge of changing the topic from spiritual bread back to physical bread.
       In other words He is saying, “If you really want to talk about my humble earthly heritage and my physical connection to this bread, then consider this: Not only will I give you spiritual life through the Word, but I intend to give you my physical life as well.”
       While the spiritual life of Jesus is valuable because it provides immortality, His physical life becomes equally valuable when the sinless Son of God cloaks Himself in human flesh and the sacrifice of the Word in the flesh becomes the only way to forgive sin and provide eternal life for anyone who dwells on Planet Earth and eats of this Bread.
       The Bread Jesus speaks of is the written/spoken Word that is also Jesus. As the written/spoken Word of God is understood, the physical sacrifice of Jesus becomes retroactive in our life at this point in time, so we are also able to benefit from His flesh and blood payment for our sin(s) today.
       Jesus, in the above passage from the Book of John, has just given a perfect summary of the purpose of His physical sacrifice as it relates to the salvation of mankind.
       Those the Father has given to His Son will receive, partake, assimilate, incorporate, integrate, and appropriate this physical sacrifice and spiritual Bread through the Word of God and live for ever.
       God has amazingly given us the written/spoken Word of God in conjunction with the living Word of God in the flesh to bless us with eternal life, as well as abundant life now in this world and in this specific time in history.

Chapter 3 - Eating the Bread

Then Jesus said unto them,
Verily, verily, I say unto you,
Except ye eat the flesh
of the Son of man,
and drink his blood,
ye have no life in you.

-John 6:53

       Some understand that a believer is one who does good works; therefore we have false professors who try to convince themselves and others that they are genuine believers by exhibiting their good works.
       Nevertheless, Jesus gave us the above Word to test our genuineness. Only those who do the work of eating His flesh and drinking His blood actually qualify as true believers and have eternal life.
       What a strange statement for Jesus to make. This sounds like cannibalism! Keep in mind that the stranger the statement, the more important the lesson. This statement was meant to shock unbelievers and it did shock them.
       It was so outlandish that many of His disciples stopped following Him.

The Real Purpose of Communion

(15)I speak as to wise men;
judge ye what I say.
(16)The cup of blessing which we bless,

is it not the communion
of the blood of Christ?

The bread which we break,

is it not the communion
of the body of Christ?

-1 Corinthians 10:15-16

What is “communion?”

       In the original language of Greek the word communion, # 2842, in this passage means: fellowship, association, community, joint participation, intercourse. In other words communion means communication and true fellowship.
       Therefore, our relationship and communication with Christ has to do with “eating” the body and blood of Christ and it is of utmost importance to understand exactly what we are to eat.
       Is physical bread and wine really the body and blood of Christ, a symbol of the physical body and blood of Christ—or does it have more to do with the communication we are to have with Christ?
       Before we can understand what communion really is, we need to first understand what communion is not:

(20)When ye come together therefore
into one place,
this is not to eat the Lord's supper.
(21)For in eating
every one taketh before other
his own supper:
and one is hungry,
and another is drunken.
What? have ye not houses
to eat and to drink in?

or despise ye the church of God,
and shame them that have not?
what shall I say to you?
shall I praise you in this?
I praise you not.

-1 Corinthian 11:20-22

       Paul sternly corrects the Corinthian church in 1 Corinthians 11 about the purpose of the Lord’s Supper. It is not about eating physical food. Paul told them to go home and eat, if they are hungry.
       In the next passage from 1 Corinthians 11, God’s Word tells us what communion really is:

(23)For I have received of the Lord
that which also I delivered unto you,
that the Lord Jesus
the same night
in which he was betrayed
took bread:
(24)And when he had given thanks,
he brake it,
and said, Take, eat:
this is my body,
which is broken for you:
this do in remembrance of me.

       The night before Jesus was betrayed and delivered to the authorities to be put to death, He gave His disciples a lesson and illustration so they would remember Him after He physically left Planet Earth.

(25)After the same manner also
he took the cup, when he had supped,
saying, this cup
is the new testament

[Word of agreement or covenant]

in my blood:
this do ye,
as oft as
ye drink it,
in remembrance of me.
(26)For as often as ye
eat this bread,
and drink this cup,
ye do shew the Lord's death
till he come.

[show that you believe in,
trust in, and understand
the value of the Word of God,
as well as His death,
resurrection, and return]

       At this meeting, first Jesus and the disciples had supper together—what is known as “the last supper”—a physical meal. But this illustration was not about physically eating bread and drinking wine. Jesus had already taught them that the spiritual food was more important than the physical food.
       Therefore this lesson was about the spiritual food He was going to give them. He said “as oft as” you do this meaning “as often as you get together.”
       It was the custom of the followers of Jesus to meet and share a meal whenever they assembled. Perhaps some had to travel many miles to get to their meeting place. So Jesus was telling them that whenever they got together and shared the physical bread and wine, it would henceforth be established as a reminder of Jesus and the spiritual food He was going to give them.
       However, this lesson was about much more than just being reminded to think about Jesus. It was given to reveal the value of the Word of God—the Living Word, as well as the written and spoken Word (New Testament) which would continue to feed them spiritually (throughout history), just as the physical food fed them physically.

(27)Wherefore whosoever shall eat
this bread,
and drink this cup of the Lord,

[in an unfit – degrading – improper manner]

shall be guilty of
the body and blood
of the Lord.

       How could this bread and wine (remembrance of Christ and all that He said) be eaten “unworthily” or in an unfit, degrading, and improper manner?
       The following passage explains how this can happen.

(28)But let a man examine himself,
[according to what the Word of God says
and what Jesus has done on our behalf]

and so let him eat
of that bread,
and drink of that cup.
(29)For he that eateth and drinketh
eateth and drinketh damnation to himself,

not discerning
the Lord's body

[not understanding and obeying
what it really represents]

       Degrading the bread and wine and bringing damnation to oneself happens when someone does not “discern” the Lord’s body, or does not understand and obey what it really represents.
       Those who do not understand the value of the totality of the Word of God, are already condemned and damned—not by Christ, but by their own wicked hearts that love the darkness rather than the light because their deeds are evil.
       Therefore the Word of God tells us to “examine ourselves.”
       How are we to examine ourselves then?
       We are to examine ourselves by “discerning the Lord’s body.”
       And how are we to discern the Lord’s body?
       We discern the Lord’s body by understanding the value it has when we hold the thoughts and intentions of our heart up to the Word of God and honor it as the preeminent and supreme authority.
       False religion tells us that we can be our own god and let our own conscience be our guide. But the Word of God tells us that our own conscience and idea about what is right and what is wrong can never take preeminence over what God has determined is right and wrong.
       God calls this idolatry because anything that supercedes God in our own mind and life is idolatry. It is the sin from which all other sins originate.

(30)For this cause many are weak
and sickly among you,
and many sleep,

[die an early death].
(31)For if we would judge ourselves,
we should not be judged

-1 Corinthians 11:23-31

       Paul tells the Corinthian church that communion is about feeding on the spiritual Bread that is Christ, not about physical food.
       This truth, as well as the inclusive truth about the Hidden Manna, is also being revealed to us through Paul’s efforts to correct doctrinal error in the church regarding the practice of communion.
       Remembering to feed on the Word of God is important because we are judged by the Word of God and it is better to judge ourselves by holding our thoughts and actions up to the Word of God than to be judged for our sins by God later.
       What was Jesus really teaching when He said to partake of communion in remembrance of Him?
       What was the real purpose of communion and what part does communion actually play in our salvation experience?
       Let us get the explanation directly from the lips of the One who instituted the practice of communion.
       By expounding the following verses from John, Chapter 6, we can see clearly how Jesus was bringing His people to a true understanding of what faith really is and teaching them to put the pieces of the puzzle together so they could understand what He really meant by “eat my flesh” and “drink my blood.”
       In John, Chapter 6:

(26)Jesus answered them
and said,
Verily, verily, I say unto you,
Ye seek me,
not because ye saw the miracles,

but because ye did eat of the loaves,
and were filled.
       Jesus was telling the people that they were making a mistake by thinking only of their literal physical food. They were seeking Him for the wrong reason. They wanted a handout—a free lunch. They followed Jesus because they wanted something from Him to make their life easier. Instead of listening to and obeying His Word, they wanted Him to fulfill their own desires.
       The people did not want to take responsibility for their spiritual condition and seek Jesus because He was the Word in the flesh. Yet, He was the only food; the only option available that could satisfy their spiritual hunger and really provide eternal life.
       Their priorities and values were out of balance.
       Like the religious of today who seek to benefit physically or monetarily from their association with a church by clinging to a corrupted denomination, or have a fascination with Christian authors and their clever eloquent writings, these followers often seek to transfer the responsibility of their spiritual life to someone else.
       They will believe only something that is of a mystical or “spiritual” nature that some religious icon or “authority” will provide for them.
       They do not want to “chew their own spiritual food” but want someone else to do the work for them and spoon feed them.
       In this way, the Word that comes to us can often be reprocessed and degraded.
       While we find true fellowship with other believers through the Word of God and can learn much from one another by sharing the Word, it is imperative that we learn how to feed ourselves under the exclusive teaching of the Holy Spirit so we have a standard of measurement with which to measure the quality of spiritual food we are getting from sources other than the Word of God itself.
       Feeding ourselves can be time consuming and hard work, but unless the Spirit of God motivates us to spiritually feed ourselves, Jesus tells us that no matter how religious we may appear to be, we really do not belong to Him.

(27)Labour not for the meat [food] which perisheth,
but for that meat which endureth

[endures to the end and beyond the end]

unto everlasting life,
which the Son of man
[Himself] give unto you:
[the Son of man is the only One
who can give us the real bread of life God has provided
because he is the Bread--the Word in the flesh]
 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?

       The people wanted to follow their own natural inclination and only focus on earthly food and earthly works. They had this concept backwards and still did not understand what “the Word of God” and “true faith” really are.

(8)For by grace
are ye saved
through faith;

and that not of yourselves:
it is the gift of God:
Not of works,
lest any man should boast.

–Ephisians 2:8-9
So then faith
cometh by hearing,
and hearing
by the word of God.

-Romans 10:17

       They thought that they could earn God’s favor through earthly works instead of through direct communication by developing a relationship with Him through the “work” of feeding on His Word.

(29)Jesus answered
and said unto them,
This is the work of God,
that ye believe on him

whom he hath sent.

       Jesus redefined the word “work” for them.
       In essence, He was telling them that if they must work then do the “work” of believing, which He described previously as a result of feeding on the Word, since true faith comes via the Word as we hear it and digest it.
       While feeding is a rather involuntary action because we were created to feel hunger and the need to eat, it is also at the same time a volitional action because we must actually do the work of feeding ourselves.
       We get a perfect example of feeding on the Word by watching a new born baby instinctively seek his mother’s milk because he is born hungry. We also see this same example when a child of God is born-again and for the first time seeks out the Word of God to satisfy his spiritual hunger.
       Spiritually speaking, God provides the food and we engage in the “work” or action of eating it.
(30)They said therefore unto him,
What sign shewest thou then,
that we may see,
and believe thee?
what dost thou work?

       The people are unable to grasp Jesus’ definition of “work.” Neither could they comprehend what sort of work Jesus is involved in.
       So like today, they asked Him for a sign, some mystical supernatural sensational experience outside of the Word of God to help them.

(37)For by thy words
thou shalt be justified,
and by thy words
thou shalt be condemned.
(38)Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees
answered, saying,
Master, we would see a sign from thee.
(39)But he answered and said unto them,
An evil and adulterous

[#G3432=unfaithful – polluted – apostate]

seeketh after a sign;
and there shall no sign
be given to it,
but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
For as Jonas was three days
and three nights
in the whale's belly;
so shall the Son of man
be three days and three nights
in the heart of the earth.

-Matthew 12:37-40
       The people asked Jesus for a sign to help them believe. That was definitely the wrong thing to do.
       He bluntly told them that seeking a sign was a manifestation of apostasy and unfaithfulness to God.
       Jonah was the only sign they were going to get. This was a sign recorded in the Word of God.
       Just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale and then expelled onto dry land, Jesus would be three days and three nights in the earth and then resurrected.
       For those who were really called by God, this account of the death and resurrection of Jesus found in the Word of God would be sufficient evidence to support their belief.
       The Word created all things. Therefore, Jesus created all things. The same Word that created us is the only Word that can save us.
       Jesus knew that in order for His followers to be able to endure to the end, they would have to continue drawing from and feeding on the memory of their experience with Him and what He had said and done for them.
       Just as Jesus said, communion was meant to help them remember to eat His flesh and drink His blood—in other words, to feed on His Word so via the Spirit infused in the Word, they could have a relationship with Him, communicate with Him, and receive the spiritual strength they needed to endure to the end.
       Communion was something that they could not forget because they broke bread and drank wine every time they ate together.
       He told His followers that the practice of communion would remind them of Him.
       This practice is called “communion” because the bread and wine are symbols of His body and blood and a reminder that through eating his flesh and drinking His blood (i.e. feeding on His Word) we will be able to receive eternal life and have a relationship with Him.
       By feeding on the "Hidden Manna," His followers would be able to continue to “commune” or “communicate” with Him until He returned.

Chapter 4 - Offended by the Bread

(59)These things said he in the synagogue,
as he taught in Capernaum.
Many therefore of his disciples,
when they had heard this, said,

This is an hard saying; who can hear it?
(61)When Jesus knew in himself
that his disciples murmured at it,
he said unto them,
Doth this offend you?

-John 6:59-61

       This is where the true followers of Christ are separated from the false professors. Only those who belong to Christ will see the true value of the Word of God—that hidden treasure—the pearl of great price that ushers them into and preserves them in the Kingdom of God.
       The rest will find something to be offended about and return to going their own way, because their sin has kept them from understanding what is most valuable in life.

(62)What and if
ye shall see the Son of man
ascend up where he was before?
(63)It is the spirit that quickeneth;
the flesh profiteth nothing:

the words that I speak unto you,
they are spirit,
and they are life.

-John 6:62-23

       What if we saw Jesus ascend up to heaven? 
       Would we ask, “How did He do that?”
       Of course we would. 
       The answer to “How did He do that?” is, “…by the power of the Spirit that resides in His Word. It is the Spirit that ‘quickens’ or makes us alive and gives us the life force and energy that is required to do what the flesh cannot do."
       Then Jesus plainly told them that this is the same power residing in His Words. His Words are Spirit and His Words are Life.

(64)But there are some of you
that believe not.
For Jesus knew

from the beginning
who they were that believed not,

and who should betray him.
(65)And he said,
Therefore said I unto you,
that no man can come unto me,

except it were given unto him
of my Father.

-John 6:64-65

       If we truly belong to Christ, we will appreciate the life-giving power that the Word provides and will eagerly feed on it, because we recognize that we cannot live without it anymore than we can live without physical food.
       If we do not understand and believe this, it is because we do not belong to Christ or we have not yet come to grips with the sin of going our own way, have not yet asked His forgiveness, or acknowledged Him as Lord by submitting our will to His will.

From that time
many of his disciples
went back,
and walked no more
with him.

-John 6:66

       So be it. It is how it is. 
       This is how God’s laws of the Universe and spiritual dimension work. We have no control over it. Our feelings have no bearing on it and our tantrums and ranting about being treated unfairly cannot change the loving Word and Law of God. 
       His Word proves that what is really wrong and unfair is to reward disobedient, Christ rejecting, and self-centered sinners when He is willing to provide all that is needed for them to qualify for eternal life.

(16)But unto the wicked
God saith,
What hast thou to do
to declare my statutes,
or that thou
shouldest take my covenant
in thy mouth?

Seeing thou hatest instruction,
and casteth my words
behind thee.

-Psalms 50:16-17

       We can call ourselves “disciples of Christ,” “followers of Jesus,” or “Christians,” but if we choose to minimize or disregard His Word which feeds our eternal life, we are the same as the disciples who no longer walked with Jesus and are just false professors.
       In the Book of Revelation, the Word tells us that it is better to be hot or cold than it is to be lukewarm. To prepare to face what is coming upon the land, we must make our calling and election sure. 
       For when this time passes away and the dust settles, Jesus will look into our eyes and remind us:

(21)Not every one
that saith unto me,
Lord, Lord,

shall enter into the kingdom of heaven;

but he that doeth the will
of my Father which is in heaven.

(22)Many will say to me in that day,

Lord, Lord,
have we not prophesied in thy name?
and in thy name have cast out devils?
and in thy name done many wonderful works?

(23)And then
will I profess unto them,

I never knew you:
depart from me,
ye that work iniquity.

-Matthew 7:21-23

       Not everyone who calls Jesus, "Lord," actually belongs to Him. Only those who do His will. The rest He called "workers of iniquity."
       Weren't these people prophesying, casting out devils, and doing many wonderful works?
       The problem was that the good works were not specific works commissioned by Christ. The works these people were engaged in were their own determined works.
       The works of Cain and Able are a perfect example of the difference between acceptable and unacceptable works.
       Able's heart was in harmony with the desires of God's heart and correctly engaged in following the will (specific Word) of God and His detailed instructions regarding the offering (works) God commissioned. 
       However, Cain ignored the specifics of God's Word, minimized the importance of what God was saying, and followed his own heart, deciding for himself (making himself preeminent) concerning what and how he would make an offering to God.
       Children do this all of the time. Mommy tells Johnny to clean his room. Johnny decides that he will go out and pick flowers for Mommy instead.
       If Mommy is spiritually awake, she will realize at once that she has a little, self-centered manipulator like Cain on her hands. 
       But if Mommy does not realize what is going on, is overcome by emotions, thinks her son's actions are love-based and accepts his preeminent disobedient will over her word and will, she has just missed her opportunity to teach Johnny the importance of following detailed instructions.
       Many souls have found their way to the broad road in life which leads to eternal destruction because they thought that they could cloak their disobedience in good works and get away with it.
       Jesus said that the only ones who will enter into the kingdom of heaven are those who do His Father's will. 
       The only ones who know the Father's will are those who hear and obey His specific will as it is revealed in His Word according to the Spirit of God that resides in His Word. It is the heart of God we must listen to--not our own heart. We can only discover God's will and the specific desires of His heart when we attentively receive His Word correctly understanding that it is the preeminent voice of God.
       Our magnificent Creator and Savior invites us to hear His voice and accept the privilege of communicating with Him so we are empowered to do His will, overcome, endure to the end, and spend eternity in His presence.

(19)As many as I love,
I rebuke and chasten:

be zealous therefore,
and repent.
(20)Behold, I stand at the door, and knock:

if any man hear my voice,
and open the door,
I will come in to him,
and will sup with him,
and he with me.

-Revelation 3:19-20

       The word, “sup” is related to the word, “supper” and presents a picture of eating, sharing a meal, feeding. Since the subject of this passage has to do with “hearing the voice” of Christ, it confirms that He is addressing His sheep, those the Father has given to Him and is telling them that if they will open the door of their heart and feed on His voice (Word), He will indwell them, communicate with them, and engage in the most intimate fellowship with them. 
       Furthermore, through this process of fellowship, His people will have the strength to overcome and remain forever in His presence enjoying all that He has prepared for them.

To him that overcometh
will I grant to sit with me
in my throne,
even as I also overcame,

and am set down with my Father
in his throne.

-Revelation 3:21