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Explain John 6:27

John 6:27 ~ Labor not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

Who does "him" refer to - Christ or christians - and how do we know?

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John 3:33, 6:27. The seal shows that God has approved, or authenticated, the Lords work. This could be of his grace working in you and, or, in the understanding of the Scriptures. It can't be that God is verifying the believers work, and him in the sentence structure has to point to the Son of man. You are you, and him is he.
---Glenn on 4/28/09


"him" refers to Jesus. Check out a Modern King James Version Bible that capitalized the pronouns for God.
---Sheila on 9/10/07


This heavenly food we are to work for. What is this heavenly food, Jesus Christ. This is food that will last forever. Earthly food we are not to put first. Because it will rot and go bad. Spiritual food will not go bad it will endure forever. Read on: That Jesus was whom He said He was: God the Father has shown that He is with the Son of Man. >>>Jesus could never had done what He did while on this earth, including going to the cross, if God the Father had not been in it.
---catherine on 9/9/07


Do not work for food that goes bad, but work for food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you, for on him the Father, God himself, has set his seal. Better translations make it simple.The seal as set on Jesus at his baptism, and the seal is the HS.
---Alexia on 9/9/07


My understanding is it means do not work for the temporal things of this world which are only temporary. But to do the work for things that are eternal and stored in heaven.

The him is the Christian as is says in part in Ephesians 1:13b ...having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise.
---denna7667 on 9/9/07




In reviewing the sentence structure the him refers to the Son of Man. The Father sealed him, signifying him to be the true Saviour.
Trey
---Trey on 9/8/07


This verse is saying to me to stop working for food that perishes, but work for food that endures for everlasting life, which food the Son of Man will give you, for on HIM, God the Father has set His seal. God Bless!
---Cynthia on 9/8/07


The 'him' is referring to the person who 'labours for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life', which, if we are Christians, is US.
---Xanthi on 4/1/07


Based on 4 commentaries read, it's stressing the importance of spiritual food which does not parish, as compared to physical food which will. (He's not stating physical food is not important, but spiritual food is more important.) The "seal" is on what Christ taught as well as Christ's purpose. It's like having the seal of USDA on the meat you buy - you know it's safe to eat.
---WIVV on 9/7/05


The him refers to the person who takes the meat otherwise known as Christian.
---Bob on 8/9/05




Thank you, all. We are studying the book of John, during our Wednesday night bible class, and this verse seems to have some of the members of the study group a bit confused. I've always understood it to refer to Christ, but some of them think the word "him" refers to US. I appreciate everyone's input. God bless you all.
---helen6669 on 8/9/05


The verse is speaking of the Son of man, which is Christ, which is the meat which endures to everlasting life. Christ's works proved that he was sealed by God, his miracles bore witness that the Father was in him. The verse does not refer to christians being sealed, else he would have said,..."for YE hast God the Father sealed", instead he rightly said,..."for HIM hath God the Father sealed."
---Eloy on 8/9/05


, the King James was fine for 1611, but in todays society, we need something we can understand clearly.
---steve on 8/8/05


, the verse is much easier to understand in the new translations. i recommend NLT, NCV, CEV, TNIV.
---steve on 8/8/05


Try uses different translations. This says in John 6:27, "Don't work for the food that spoils.Work for the food that stays good always and gives eternal life. The Son of Man will give you this food, because on him God the Father has put his power." Him refers to the Son of Man. God has already sealed him and gave Him for us, so put effort into seeking Him which can give you eternal life.
---Chosen on 8/8/05


Based on the comments I read from 3 Commentaries, it is refering to eternal life. What Christ is saying at this point is while we need to work for our human exsistance, this is not a means to spiritual exsistance. Don't put so much emphasis on the material you neglect the spiritual, is another way of stating it. Another way is to state, "you don't work FOR your salvation, BUT, because of it."
---WIVV on 8/8/05


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The "him" in this passage refers to "the Son of man," who is the Lord Jesus Christ, our provider of the bread of Life.
---tommy3007 on 8/8/05


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