Partake of Christ…


On Friday we started a conversation on partaking of Jesus Christ.

I want to know how we as children of God partake of Jesus Christ.

I’m specifically refering to what Jesus said in John 6:53-58 that we have no part in Him if we do not eat His flesh and drink His blood.

I know you where not sharing in this conversation or only part of it during this weekend, but I’m asking you to contribute your thoughts… This is the high-lights from Friday and Saturday’s conversation:

  • Believe and know the Word, and believe and know Jesus Christ (John 6:29) – walking in daily relationship with Him.
  • Manna = Bread = Flesh (John 6:51)
  • Word = spirit and life (John 6:63)
  • Jesus’ bread is eternal life and He gives it (John 6:48-51)
  • Jesus eats from the Father and so we must eat from Him
  • My food is to do the will of my Father (John 4:32-34)
  • We must do His commandments, obeying His words (John 15:10)
  • Manna had to be fresh daily, therefore we must eat fresh from Jesus daily
  • We are the body and Christ is the Head – we must therefore share and partake from one another

Most of our conversation focused on John 6:25-71, but feel free to bring/use the rest of scripture and your own ideas.

When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, "Rabbi, when did you come here?"

Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not labour for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal."

Then they said to him, "What must we do, to be doing the works of God?"

Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent."

So they said to him, "Then what sign do you do, that we may see and believe you? What work do you perform? Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’"

Jesus then said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."

They said to him, "Sir, give us this bread always."

Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day."

So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, "I am the bread that came down from heaven." They said, "Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?"

Jesus answered them, "Do not grumble among yourselves. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me– not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh."

The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"

So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. 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. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread the fathers ate and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever."

Jesus said these things in the synagogue, as he taught at Capernaum. When many of his disciples heard it, they said, "This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?"

But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, "Do you take offence at this? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe."

(For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.)
And he said, "This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father."

After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him.

So Jesus said to the Twelve, "Do you want to go away as well?"

Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God."

Jesus answered them, "Did I not choose you, the Twelve? And yet one of you is a devil." He spoke of Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the Twelve, was going to betray him.
(John 6:25-71).

Thanks,
Thomas Dreyer

6 thoughts on “Partake of Christ…”

  1. Dear Brother in Christ

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    Mehwish
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  2. We are redeemed. We feed on Him because we come through his blood.
    We enter boldly into His presence through his grace.
    We partake from His word because His Spirit is given to us to enlighten and to change us.

    There is a table spread for us
    It is a royal banqueting table
    It is there for the taking because we are His

    Blessings
    A

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  3. WOW!

    Thanks Etienne

    This just brought me back to:

    Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith– that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,
    (Philippians 3:8-10).

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  4. Onderstaande stuk geskryf deur Oswald Chambers – Het die mense geweet waarvan hy praat toe hy die dinge gepreek het :

    Partakers of His Suffering

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    . . . but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings . . . —1 Peter 4:13

    If you are going to be used by God, He will take you through a number of experiences that are not meant for you personally at all. They are designed to make you useful in His hands, and to enable you to understand what takes place in the lives of others. Because of this process, you will never be surprised by what comes your way. You say, “Oh, I can’t deal with that person.” Why can’t you? God gave you sufficient opportunities to learn from Him about that problem; but you turned away, not heeding the lesson, because it seemed foolish to spend your time that way.

    The sufferings of Christ were not those of ordinary people. He suffered “according to the will of God” ( 1 Peter 4:19 ), having a different point of view of suffering from ours. It is only through our relationship with Jesus Christ that we can understand what God is after in His dealings with us. When it comes to suffering, it is part of our Christian culture to want to know God’s purpose beforehand. In the history of the Christian church, the tendency has been to avoid being identified with the sufferings of Jesus Christ. People have sought to carry out God’s orders through a shortcut of their own. God’s way is always the way of suffering— the way of the “long road home.”

    Are we partakers of Christ’s sufferings? Are we prepared for God to stamp out our personal ambitions? Are we prepared for God to destroy our individual decisions by supernaturally transforming them? It will mean not knowing why God is taking us that way, because knowing would make us spiritually proud. We never realize at the time what God is putting us through— we go through it more or less without understanding. Then suddenly we come to a place of enlightenment, and realize— “God has strengthened me and I didn’t even know it!”

    Wat ek dink ons almal kan se is dat ons almal meer simpatie vir mense het as tevore (is dit liefde?). If you are going to be used by God, He will take you through a number of experiences that are not meant for you personally at all. They are designed to make you useful in His hands, and to enable you to understand what takes place in the lives of others – God is so wys en in beheer J

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  5. Yes, it does make sense.

    This is a relationship of unity. We partake from one another also but need to be connected with Jesus. As the life-sap oozes through our veins from the vine (Jesus), every branch connected to the vine partakes of the vine with no effort and produces fruit.

    The pruning cleanses the branch by cutting away all dead and blocked veins allowing the life-sap to reach the whole of the branch enabling it to bare more fruit.

    We read in the Bible:

    And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.
    (Deuteronomy 8:3)

    But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
    (Matthew 4:4)

    And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.'”
    (Luke 4:4).

    This eating of the word is very important.

    David knew how to do it also:

    And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.
    (1 Samuel 30:6)

    Here is a few from Psalm 119:

    …sweeter to me are Your Words than honey on my lips…

    ..I hunger and thirst for Your Word…

    …preserve my life according to Your Word…

    That is why Jesus said that some words are spirit and life:

    It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. These words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
    (John 6:63).

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  6. In reading this again, the following became clear for me:

    To partake in the bread, ie Jesus, who is the living bread (John 6:35) and who also is the living Word (John 1, specifically verse 14) one of the key things we should do is we have to speak with His words. This means that we have to get His Word inside us, giving practical meaning to what Jesus says about ‘Him in us and us in Him’ (as Jesus commands in John: John 14:6,7; John 14:20,21; John 15:5-8).

    Add to this the account in Genesis of Creation, specifically that God spoke and it was so. We also know that it is not what enters into our mouths that makes us impure but that which goes out through our mouths. This reinforces the fact that the Word gives life and if we then partake in Jesus’ body through speaking His words we then become able to obtain eternal life.

    How do we do this practically? We already know this: Through fellowship (‘where two or more of you are gathered in My Name…’), through prayer, through reading and hearing the Word constantly, and obviously doing by following His example.

    Partaking now means for me to spend time constantly with Him so that I may know Him and that He, through Jesus in me, lives in me. If I spend so much time with Him, and always reading the Bible, then I will become like He (renewing of my self) and be able to live according to His Will, which will give me eternal life and freedom to live to His Glory and His Glory alone.

    Let me rephrase: Partaking means to ‘live’ His Word in everything we do and that can only be done by spending time ‘in’ His Word.

    Does this make sense????

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