Not just called; chosen…spirit and flesh.

John 6:60-71

  Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?”

When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, “Does this offend you? What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before? It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him. And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.”

From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?”

 But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?”  He spoke of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, for it was he who would betray Him, being one of the twelve.

 “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing.”  “The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.” – Jesus.  Moving from our present experience, one we can see, smell, touch, hear and taste, to an experience that includes the spiritual, beyond the flesh, and one that lasts for eternity is a greater stretch than some can make.  “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him.” – Jesus.

To be called by God is a blessed and wonderful thing; but it is also a fearful thing.  Once we are tagged we have entered a different world, one that is aware of both the natural and the spiritual.  Many times we find them not compatible thanks to sin.  Many times we find them confusing, thanks to the enemy of our soul.  Keeping our focus on the speaker of words of life, keeps this living experience in the right perspective.  “The  words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.” – Jesus.  He asks of us; “You do not want to leave too, do  you?”  Answer with Peter: “to whom shall we go?”  Become not just the called but also the chosen.

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