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PLAIN AND PROFITABLE
ON JOHN vi. 37.
The Cause, Truth, and Manner of the Comin
To which is added,
The One Thing is Needful; or, Serious Meditations
DEATH, JUDGMENT, HEAVEN AND HELL.
BY JOHN BUNYAN,
And they shall come which were ready to perish.
Isaiah xxvii. 13.
Printed by W. Nicholson, Warner-street,
FOR W. BAYNES, 54, PATERNOSTER-ROW.
JOHN vi. 37. All that the Father giveth me fhall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will · in no wife caft out.
LITTLE before, in this chapter, you may read that the Lord Jefus walked on the fea to go to Capernaum, having fent his difciples before in a fhip, but the wind was contrary; by which means the hip was hindered in her paffage. Now about the fourth watch of the night, Jefus came walking on the fea, and overtook them: at the fight of whom they were afraid.
Note, When providences are black and terrible to God's people, the Lord Jefus fhews himself to them in a wonderful manner; the which fometimes they can as fittle bear, as they can the things that were before terrible to them. They were afraid of the wind and water; they were alfo afraid of their Lord and Saviour, when he appeared to them in that state.
But he faid," Be not afraid, it is I."
Note, That the end of the appearing of the Lord Jefus unto his people, (although the manner of his appearance be ever so terrible,) is to allay their fears and perplexities.
Then they received him into the fhip, and immediately the fhip was at land whether it
Note, When Chrift is abfent from his people, they go on but flowly, and with great difficulty, but when he joins himfelf unto them, Oh! how fast they fteer their courfe! how foon are they at their journey's end!
The people now among whom he last preached, when they faw that both Jefus was gone and his difciples, they alfo took shipping, and came to Capernaum, fecking for Jefus. And when they had found him, they wondering, afked him, Rabbi, when cameft thou hither? But the Lord Jefus flighting their compliment, answered, "Verily, verily, ye seek me, not because ye faw the miracles, but becaufe ye did eat of the loaves and were filled."
Note, A people may follow Chrift far for bafe ends, as thefe went after him beyond fea for loaves. A man's belly will carry him a great way in religion; yea, a man's belly will make him venture far for Christ.
Note again, They are not feigning compliments but gracious intentions, that crown the work in the eye of Chrift; or thus, it is not the toil and bufinefs of profeffors, but their love to him, that makes him approve of them.
Note again, When men fhall look for friend
ly entertainment at Chrift's hand, (if their hearts be rotten,) even then will they meet with a check and rebuke. "Ye feek me, not becaufe ye faw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled."
Yet obferve again, He doth not refufe to give, even to thefe, good counfel: He bids them labour for the meat that endureth to eternal life, O how willing would Jefus Christ have even those profeffors that come to him with pretences only, come to him fincerely, that they may be faved.
The text, you will find, is, after much more difcourfe with and about this people, and it is uttered by the Lord Jefus, as the conclufion of the whole, intimateth, that fince they were profeffors in pretence only, and therefore fuch as his foul could not delight in, as fuch, that he would content himfelf with a remnant that his Father had bestowed upon him. As who fhould fay, "I am not like to be honoured in your falvation; but the Father hath bestowed upon me a people, and they shall come to me in truth, and in them will I be fatisfied." The text before may be called Chrift's repofe; in the fulfilling whereof he refteth himself content, after much labour and many fermons spent, as it were, in vain. As he faith by the prophet, "I have laboured in vain, I have fpent my ftrength for nought, and in vain, Ifa. xlix. 4."
But as there he faith, " My judgment is with the Lord, and my work is with my God;" fo in the text he faith "All that the Father gi