Jesus said, “He Who Eats Me, He Also Shall Live Because of Me”

In Revelation 22:1-2the tree of life” is found “on this side and on that side of the river.” The tree of life with its fruits for us to eat is our life supply. The two prior posts showed that Christ is the reality of the tree of life. To eat Christ (John 6) is to eat the tree of life.

In John 6:57 Jesus said, “He who eats Me, he also shall live because of Me.” In order to live the Christian life, we must eat Jesus. Some of His disciples thought that this was a hard word (John 6:60). Jesus responded, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words which I have spoken to you are spirit and are life” (v. 63). “The flesh profits nothing” indicates that eating Jesus is not physical. Eating Jesus is a spiritual matter; “it is the Spirit who gives life.” Furthermore, eating Jesus involves the words which He speaks to us, words which “are spirit and are life.”

The words in John 6:63 are very similar to 2 Corinthians 3:6 about “ministers of a new covenant, ministers not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” We need to come to the Bible with our human spirit, so that through the pages of the Bible we may touch the Spirit who gives life. This is the way for us to eat the tree of life today.

For more on contacting the life-giving Spirit through the Bible, I recommend the booklet “Pray-Reading the Word” by Witness Lee, which is also available for online reading. In addition, see the prior posts tagged Christ the living word and word and spirit.

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