I recognize you now.
Matthew 3:11- I baptize you with water for repentance, but after me will come One more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
Pentecost - Baptized with tongues of fire of the Holy Spirit, no water involved; and other instances of this outside of Pentecost, such as Act 10: 44-48, not to mention the story of the jailer and his family who believed first, and then were baptized.
John 6 - Before, Jesus has referred to himself as many metaphorical titles - light of the world, door of the sheep, the true vine, etc. But as soon as he says Bread of Life, all of the sudden he's being literal? Even in the face of him obviously referring to himself as the true bread that man must live on (his words and commandments and being the Word incarnate), in contrast to earthly bread? Even as 6:53's "flesh and blood" is a Hebrew idiom referring to "the total person?" In other words, the imitation of Christ in deed, character and essence through belief?
John 6 28-29; 34-35
"What can we do to perform the works of God?" Jesus replied, "This is the work of God - that you believe in the one He has sent.
….Then they said, "Sir, give us this bread always!" "I am the bread of life," Jesus told them. "No one who comes to Me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in Me will ever be thirsty again."
Utilizing the idiom of taking on his whole person: John 6: 53-58 Note that afterwards, many disciples desert Jesus due to trying to take his words literally in light of having been amongst the 5,000 who were recently miraculously fed, and still of the mentality of thinking of satiating their stomachs.
>This sort of view demands the logic of ananmesis Jews have for Passover where participants are in some sense reliving the Exodus narrative.
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