The last day of this series of study on ‘Authentic Apprenticeship’, the next issue (May/June 2009) covers the subject, ‘The Promised Holy Spirit’. It appears to be a popular subject because my local Christian bookshop has sold out and I have to wait until next Tuesday before I’m able to obtain my copy.
I don’t have much to say about what Selwyn has written today – either, you follow Jesus, or you don’t – if you follow, the one and only true God, then your eternal hopes and dreams will be fulfilled – more than you could ever imagine, being in His presence is the perfection of our existence.
The Scripture, which came to mind, is the following (John 6:53-68, NIV): ‘Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever.” He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.
On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”
Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you? What if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him.”
From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.
“You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.
Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.” ‘
Who do you follow? Jesus has the words of eternal life – there is no one else – to follow!
What are your views?