See if this makes sense to you:
“Eternal life comes from the Spirit. Our bodies have nothing to do with it. These words are spirit. They are life” (John 6:63 Casual English Bible).
Whatever Jesus meant by that, after he said it, “That was the turning point for many of his followers. They stopped associating with him” (John 6:66).
“Words are spirit”? I know they can be spiritual. But my goodness. Look at this.
“Eternal life comes from the Spirit.”
“These words are spirit.”
That sounds like Jesus just said, “Eternal life comes from these words because these words are spirit.”
I’ve spent most of my life working as a Christian writer. I know words have power to change people. Words can be spiritual when they deal with matters of the spirit.
But I haven’t thought of a word as a spirit.
I don’t know what that means.
Commentators guess, but danged if they know, either.
Can a word be wrapped in Spirit? Or maybe it’s conceived by the Spirit. Or could it actually embody the very essence of the Spirit of God?
My wife caught me looking out the window this time. Where else should I look after reading the commentaries?
Up? Inward? Anywhere but Amazon for more commentaries?
Sometimes the best insight I have is cross-eyed.
So here’s looking at you.
Read the verse in your favorite Bible version. Tell me how you read it. If you please. Thank you very much.