The End of the Work of God as Regards Man

  John 6:38-40 (HCSB)

For I have come down from heaven, not to do My will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of Him who sent Me:that I should lose none of those He has given Me but should raise them up on the last day. For this is the will of My Father: that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

     I am smart enough to understand that when someone nails a concept, I shouldn’t try to improve on it, because I invariably make that concept harder to understand, or more confusing, or just plain incomprehensible.  Henry Alford makes a comment about these verses that pretty much nail them down clearly.  He writes:
In this declaration (vv. 39, 40) is contained the key of the following discourse, vv. 44–59. The end of the work of God, as regards man, is the glorification of his restored and sanctified nature,—body, soul, and spirit,—in eternity. Without this,—salvation, restitution, would be incomplete. The adoption cannot be consummated without the redemption of the body. Rom. 8:18–23. And the glorification of the body, soul, and spirit,—of the whole man,—cannot take place but by means of the glorified Body of the second Adam. ‘He who does not see this, will never understand either the Holy Communion, or this testimony of the Lord in its inner meaning.’ Stier.
What he said!


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