John 6:57
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New International Version
Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.

New Living Translation
I live because of the living Father who sent me; in the same way, anyone who feeds on me will live because of me.

English Standard Version
As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me.

New American Standard Bible
"As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me.

King James Bible
As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Just as the living Father sent Me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on Me will live because of Me.

International Standard Version
Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will also live because of me.

NET Bible
Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so the one who consumes me will live because of me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Just as The Living Father has sent me, and I am living because of The Father, whoever will eat me, he also will live because of Me.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The Father who has life sent me, and I live because of the Father. So those who feed on me will live because of me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
As the living Father has sent me, and I live by the Father, so he that eats me, he shall also live by me.

King James 2000 Bible
As the living Father has sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eats me, even he shall live by me.

American King James Version
As the living Father has sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eats me, even he shall live by me.

American Standard Version
As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father; so he that eateth me, he also shall live because of me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father; so he that eateth me, the same also shall live by me.

Darby Bible Translation
As the living Father has sent me and I live on account of the Father, *he* also who eats me shall live also on account of me.

English Revised Version
As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father; so he that eateth me, he also shall live because of me.

Webster's Bible Translation
As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.

Weymouth New Testament
As the ever-living Father has sent me, and I live because of the Father, so also he who eats me will live because of me.

World English Bible
As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father; so he who feeds on me, he will also live because of me.

Young's Literal Translation
'According as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, he also who is eating me, even that one shall live because of me;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:52-59 The flesh and blood of the Son of man, denote the Redeemer in the nature of man; Christ and him crucified, and the redemption wrought out by him, with all the precious benefits of redemption; pardon of sin, acceptance with God, the way to the throne of grace, the promises of the covenant, and eternal life. These are called the flesh and blood of Christ, because they are purchased by the breaking his body, and the shedding of his blood. Also, because they are meat and drink to our souls. Eating this flesh and drinking this blood mean believing in Christ. We partake of Christ and his benefits by faith. The soul that rightly knows its state and wants, finds whatever can calm the conscience, and promote true holiness, in the redeemer, God manifest in the flesh. Meditating upon the cross of Christ gives life to our repentance, love, and gratitude. We live by him, as our bodies live by our food. We live by him, as the members by the head, the branches by the root: because he lives we shall live also.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 57. - Here is the grandest assertion of all. Christ began by speaking of himself as the Bread of God, as the life-giving Bread, as the living Bread of human souls. He made it then clear that he was this by reason of his Divine humanity given for the life of the world. He added to this that he was specially to be appropriated and accepted as a sacrifice, as the death sacrifice, involved in his giving his flesh for the life of the world. The power conferred by his death in life and life in death for man, enabled him to institute eternal life-giving relations between himself and those who entirely accept and make their own this central reality. And now, to meet the nascent objection as to the unique grandeur of his position, he adds: As the living Father sent me. The phrase, "living Father," occurs nowhere else (cf. "righteous Father," John 17:25; "holy Father," John 17:11; "the living God," Matthew 16:16; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Hebrews 10:31; and above all, ch. 5:26, "As the Father hath life in himself, so he gave also to the Son to have life in himself"). Christ is speaking of the human position he assumed before them as sent by the Father who has life in himself, who is more than all his laws or all his works. Not merely as the Word, but as the Word of the living Father made flesh, he stands before them. And I live because of the Father. "Because he lives, I live; my life is guaranteed by his." This is the premiss, the platform on which he now stands (διὰ τὸν Πατέρα must not be confounded with per Patrem, or διὰ τοῦ Πάτρος, as M"Leod Campbell, who, in his interesting discussion on "Christ the Bread of Life," made this expression equivalent to the means and condition of the Saviour's life). From this premiss the Lord argues a corresponding relation of the believer to himself: So he that eateth me, he also shall live because of me. The points of comparison are:

(1) The Father's life-imparting relation to Christ, and Christ's life-imparting relation to the believer. In both cases the life of one is the guarantee of the life of the other.

(2) The sending of Christ by the Father, correlated with the eating of Christ by the believer.

(3) The peculiar relation of the believer to Christ. "He that eateth me" gathers up and really comprehends all that has gone before. It is, then, possible for the believer not only to share in the Divine humanity by his faith, and also in the fulness and significance of iris (blood) death, but to have full possession of his Divine personality. "He that eateth me shall live because of me" (cf. "Because I live, ye shall live also," John 14:19). This is the vindication of the previous verse, and the climax of the argument.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

As the living Father hath sent me,.... Into the world, to be the Saviour of it; not by local motion, but by assumption of human nature; and not against his will, or as having superiority over him; but by joint consent and agreement: the first person in the Godhead is here styled, "the living Father"; not because he is the Father of spirits, of angels, and the souls of men; and the Father of all men by creation, and of saints by adoption; and the Father, or author of all mercies, spiritual and temporal; but because he is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ; and this character is peculiar to him: he is indeed the living God, and has life in himself, and is the fountain of life to others; but not in distinction from, and to the exclusion of the Son, or Spirit; but then none but he is the living Father, who ever did, and ever will, live as the Father of Christ:

and I live by the Father; which is to be understood of Christ, not as God, but as Mediator, and as man. As Mediator he was set up by his Father, as the head of life to the elect; and was intrusted by him with a fulness of life for them; and was sent to open the way of life unto them, and bestow it on them. As man, he had his human life from God, and was preserved and upheld in it by him; and he laid it down at his command, and at his death committed his soul or spirit to him; and which was restored unto him, and is continued with him. The Vulgate Latin, and all the Oriental versions, read, "for the Father", or "because of him"; and may design either that near union and conjunction of Christ with him, by virtue of which they live the same life; or else his living to the glory and honour of his Father, as he did, and does:

so he that eateth me; in a spiritual sense, by faith. The phrase of eating the Messiah was a familiar one, and well known to the Jews; though these Capernaites cavilled at it, and called it an hard saying.

"Says Rab, the Israelites shall "eat" the years of the Messiah: (the gloss on it is, the fulness which the Israelites shall have in those days:) says R. Joseph, it is certainly so; but who shall "eat him?" shall Chellek and Billek (two judges in Sodom) , "eat him?" contrary to the words of R. Hillell, who says, Israel shall have no Messiah, for "they ate him" in the days of Hezekiah (y);''

that is, they enjoyed him then; for he thought that Hezekiah was the Messiah; but that was the doctor's mistake. The Messiah now was, and to be enjoyed and eaten by faith in a spiritual sense, and everyone that does so,

even he shall live by me: such have their life from Christ; he is their food, on which they lived; and by him they are continued, upheld, and preserved in their spiritual life, and are by him brought to the life of glory: or they live "for", or "because of" him, as the above versions render it; they derive their life from him, and because he lives, they live also; and they live to his glory, and will do so to all eternity.

(y) T. Bab. Sanhedrin, fol. 98. 2. & 99. 1.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

57. As the living Father hath sent me—to communicate His own life.

and I live by the Father—literally, "because of the Father"; My life and His being one, but Mine that of a Son, whose it is to be "of the Father." (See Joh 1:18; 5:26).

he that eateth me, … shall live by me—literally, "because of Me." So that though one spiritual life with Him, "the Head of every man is Christ, as the head of Christ is God" (1Co 11:3; 3:23).

John 6:57 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus the Bread of Life
56"He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. 57"As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me. 58"This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever."…
Cross References
Matthew 16:16
Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God."

John 3:17
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

John 5:26
For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself.

John 6:29
Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent."

John 6:38
For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.

John 14:19
Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.

1 Corinthians 15:45
So it is written: "The first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit.
Treasury of Scripture

As the living Father has sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eats me, even he shall live by me.

the living.

Psalm 18:46 The LORD lives; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation …

Jeremiah 10:10 But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting …

1 Thessalonians 1:9 For they themselves show of us what manner of entering in we had to you…

Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal …

I live.

John 5:26 For as the Father has life in himself; so has he given to the Son …

John 17:21 That they all may be one; as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, …

even.

John 11:25,26 Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes …

John 14:6,19 Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man …

1 Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

2 Corinthians 13:4 For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he lives by the …

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ …

Colossians 3:3,4 For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God…

1 John 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God …

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