Shining a light on the weekly Bible Lessons published in the Christian Science Quarterly®


It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing.—New King James Version®

After multiplying food for a huge crowd and identifying himself with spiritual bread, Christ Jesus presents a detailed explanation of this image to Jewish inquisitors (see vv. 5–14, 32–35, 48–51). He concludes with this unequivocal assertion about the sovereignty of Spirit and the impotence of matter, a radical teaching that prompts many believers to leave him. But Peter, representing his fellow disciples, confirms their understanding of Jesus’ God-given role and recommits to following him (see vv. 66–69).

Resources quoted in this issue

GT: New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

RR: Buttrick, George Arthur, Nolan B. Harmon, et al., eds. The Interpreter’s Bible: A Commentary in Twelve Volumes. Vol. 9, Acts, Romans. Nashville: Abingdon, 1951–57; Barrett, C. K. Black’s New Testament Commentaries: A Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans. London: A & C Black, 1957.

Cit. 15: Barclay, William. The Daily Study Bible: The Letters to Philippians, Colossians, and Thessalonians. Edinburgh: Saint Andrew, 1955. Revised and updated by Saint Andrew, 2001. Reprinted as The New Daily Study Bible: The Letters to Philippians, Colossians, and Thessalonians. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2001–04.

Cit. 16: Marsh, John. The Gospel of St. John. Harmondsworth, England: Penguin Books, 1977.

Cit. 19: Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary Collection. Vol. 20, Acts. Macon, Georgia: Smyth & Helwys, 2000–2016.

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