John 6:56

56 By eating my flesh and drinking my blood you enter into me and I into you.

John 6:56 Meaning and Commentary

John 6:56

He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood
In the sense above given; (See Gill on John 6:53);

dwelleth in me, and I in him.
There is a mutual indwelling of Christ, and believers; Christ is the habitation, or dwelling place of his people: there is a secret dwelling in Christ; so the elect of God dwelt in the heart, and in the hands, and arms of Christ from everlasting; and as members in their head in election grace; and representatively in him, as the Mediator of the covenant; and they secretly and safely dwelt in him, when all mankind fell in Adam; and when he was on the cross, in the grave, and now he is in heaven; all which is owing to his own love, his Father's gift, and to secret union to him. But there is an open dwelling in him in time, which is here meant: God's elect, as in their natural state, are without Christ, and lie open to the law and justice of God; the Spirit of God convinces them of this state, and directs them to flee to Christ, as a city of refuge; when they find him a stronghold, a place of defence, and a proper dwelling for them, where they resolve to abide, and do abide; and where they dwell safely, peaceably, comfortably, and pleasantly; and from which dwelling place they will never be turned out. Likewise, the saints are the habitation or dwelling place of Christ; he dwells not in their heads and to tongues, but in their hearts, and by faith; which is here expressed, by eating his flesh, and drinking his blood; and which, though it is not the cause of Christ's dwelling here, yet is the means or instrument by which men receive him into their hearts, and retain him, and have communion with him; for he dwells in believers, not in such sense as he dwells in the world, by his omnipresence, and power; or in the human nature, by hypostatical union to it; but by his Spirit, and by faith, which is an instance of wonderful condescending grace, and is owing to union to him, and is expressive of communion with him, and is what will continue for ever.

John 6:56 In-Context

54 The one who brings a hearty appetite to this eating and drinking has eternal life and will be fit and ready for the Final Day.
55 My flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.
56 By eating my flesh and drinking my blood you enter into me and I into you.
57 In the same way that the fully alive Father sent me here and I live because of him, so the one who makes a meal of me lives because of me.
58 This is the Bread from heaven. Your ancestors ate bread and later died. Whoever eats this Bread will live always."
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