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THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JOHN - Chapter 6 - Verse 66

Verse 66. Many of his disciples. Many who had followed him professedly as his disciples and as desirous of learning of him. See Barnes "Joh 6:60".

 

Went back. Turned away from him and left him. From this we may learn,

1st. Not to wonder at the apostasy of many who profess to be followers of Christ. Many are induced to become his professed followers by the prospect of some temporal benefit, or under some public excitement, as these were; and when that temporal benefit is not obtained, or that excitement is over, they fall away.

2nd. Many may be expected to be offended by the doctrines of the gospel. Having no spirituality of mind, and really understanding nothing of the gospel, they may be expected to take offence and turn back. The best way to understand the doctrines of the Bible is to be a sincere Christian, and aim to do the will of God, Joh 7:17.

3rd. We should examine ourselves. We should honestly inquire whether we have been led to make a profession of religion by the hope of any temporal advantage, by any selfish principle, or by mere excited animal feeling. If we have it will profit us nothing, and we shall either fall away of ourselves, or be cast away in the great day of judgment.

{a} "went" Zep 1:6; Lu 9:62; He 10:38

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