"Does this offend you? What if you see the son of man ascend to where he was before! The spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. Yet there are some of you who do not believe. This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him." (John 6:61-65)

Here Jesus confirms that in his last statement (John 6:53-59) he was not speaking of eating physical bread or consuming his physical flesh or blood - here or during the last supper.

Those in the crowd who were confused by that analogy and deserted Jesus as disciples did so because they could not understand the most basic of Jesus’ teachings: That we are each spiritual individuals temporarily occupying a physical body. This is why Jesus said:
"The spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life." (John 6:62-64)
This confusion between matter and spirit is the very problem why the ecclesiastical teachers of today's sectarian institutions and their teachers who have misinterpreted and confused so many statements of Jesus. They also misconstrue the understanding of the resurrection (of both Jesus and others), the "last day," and "judgement day."

They mistakenly interpret "last day" to be the end of the world. They also state that during this end of the world, everyone who has ever died in the past will be judged.

This interpretation of course creates the problem of where are all the people who have died throughout time? To this problem, these sectarian institutions have created the speculative notion that everyone who dies before the "last day" must wait around in some kind of "purgatory" state until the end of the world.

This is a ridiculous proposition. This means that billions upon billions of people - every human who has lived on the planet - are crowded into this imaginary place. And just where is this place?

These speculative interpretations regarding the "last day" and "judgement day" are based upon a lack of understanding about our identity. They assume we are these physical bodies. As a result of this basic misunderstanding, they misunderstand Jesus’ teachings almost in entirety.

In other words, the understanding of who we are is the most basic and fundamental understanding we need to have in spiritual life. If spiritual life were a college degree, understanding our identity would be called “Reality 101.”

We are not these physical bodies. Our physical bodies are like automobiles. Just as we step into a car and drive it for awhile, then stop the car and get out, the spiritual individual – each of us – enters a temporary physical body and drives it around for a while, and then leaves it at the time of death.

The personality of the body – the person making the decisions – is the spiritual individual. This spiritual individual dwells on a plane of the eternal. Each of us is eternal. When the temporary physical body dies, the spiritual individual leaves it and moves on.

At the end of the lifetime of this body, if the spiritual individual - the spirit-person - has not prepared himself to return to his relationship with the Supreme Being, the spirit-person will continue to dwell on the platform of the physical world within another temporary physical body.

Jesus is describing the method the spiritual individual can use to return to God’s spiritual kingdom. This requires the spirit-person to accept as a guide - the devoted loving servant and representative of God. Should that spirit-person take God's representative's teachings into his heart and follow them with humility and devotion, God's representative will effectively deliver the spirit-person back to God by virtue of helping them develop their own relationship with God. This is the pathway for returning to the Supreme Being, and Jesus is discussing this pathway in his teachings.

This does not mean, as many have construed, that Jesus was the only representative of God who has ever offered a pathway back to God. Otherwise, are we saying that all those billions of people born into physical bodies before Jesus had no path back to God.

Furthermore, such a scenario would be grossly unfair to those who lived before Jesus - even if they were stuck in some strange theoretical waiting room ("purgatory") until Jesus came or comes again. This is simply nonsense.

Moses, Abraham, Jacob, Isaiah, David, John the Baptist and many other loving servants of the Supreme Being were also empowered by the Supreme Being. They also had the ability of delivering those around them - who were suffering within temporary physical bodies - back to their relationship with God - including those of Jesus’ disciples who followed in Jesus’ footsteps. 

Why else would Jesus have commanded his disciples and students to go out and teach? If Jesus was the only person who could deliver people, then his disciples, and those many prophets before him and after him including John the Baptist, would have been teaching in vain. Why would they teach if they couldn’t deliver anyone?

It is this very problem that has produced the misconstruence and even at times the outright editing of the Bible texts in an attempt to portray John the Baptist, David, Moses and so many other prophets (teachers) as having the sole purpose of merely foretelling Jesus' arrival.

This began as a grand scheme by the Emperor Constantine and his minions to construe that their Roman Catholic institution is the only way to approach God. As such, the misinterpretations and mistranslations that supported this objective have been perpetuated over the centuries - first by the Roman government and the Roman Catholic church - and then by the many sects that have evolved from the Roman Catholic church over the centuries.

The fallacy of this teaching is quite easy to see. How so? Consider the purposeless of these prophets, if all their work preaching to people was only to foretell of Jesus' coming centuries and even in some cases, thousands of years into the future. What good would that do to the people they were teaching to that Jesus would come a thousand years later and save all of humankind?

And even if this were so, why didn't they also preach this notion of purgatory? Why is this notion or purgatory only a new teaching of the early Roman Catholic Church?

And furthermore, is the Supreme Being so limited that He cannot save people without Jesus coming once or twice?

This misconstruence of scripture is a major offense against not only the Supreme Being, but the many loving servants (also called prophets) that the Bible describes. All of them were sent by the Supreme Being to bring the people of their particular time and society back to their loving relationship with God. This is why Moses instructed:
"Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength." (Deut. 6:5)
Why would Moses try to teach those around him to develop their loving relationship with the Supreme Being if they were all supposed to wait around for thousands of years for Jesus to come? It absolutely makes no sense. The reality is that Moses, like the other prophets, and Jesus too, were each dispatched by the Supreme Being to canvas those around them at their particular time and place in time, to return back home to their loving relationship with God. This is why Jesus repeated Moses' instruction:
" 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' (Matt. 22:37)
and followed that with:
"This is the first and greatest commandment." (Matt. 22:38)
The gross misinterpretations laid out above stems from those who seek to control God's message rather than pass it on. We can see that Jesus had no problem passing on the instructions of Moses without changing their meaning. But those of the ecclesiastical organized sectarian institutions today and over the past 1,800 years are trying to use Jesus' teachings for political purposes. So they have changed the meaning and intent of his teachings.

Jesus is not speaking of himself as the only person in history that could bring people back to God. In fact, this is why Jesus often spoke of the "Son of God" in the third person. He was speaking of these as roles, much as a person might refer to the role of a captain or a lieutenant.

In fact, "Son of God" is a mistranslation. The word "son" is translated from the Greek word υἱός (huios). The translation to "son" according to the lexicon is "restricted" to offspring of a physical family. Rather, the word υἱός (huios) is also "used to describe one who depends on another or is his follower."

Since Jesus was not referring to a physical family relationship here - rather a spiritual relationship - the appropriate translation would be "devoted follower of God" or "loving servant of God."

And "son of man" is also a mistranslation. In fact, the phrase has absolutely no meaning. Every male on this planet is a son of a man. Therefore "son of man" is a meaningless role or description for a person of Jesus' stature. (Others, such as Job, David and Ezekiel were also referred (mistranslated) as "son of man" in the texts of the Bible.)

The correct translation of the Greek phrase υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου given the lexicon as stated above, would be "servant of humanity." The Greek phrase τοῦ ἀνθρώπου can be translated to either "of man" or "of mankind" or "of humanity."

Thus the Greek phrase υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου would mean that Jesus is referring to himself as the servant of humanity. This, after all is consistent with the other teachings of Jesus, namely the need for humility in spiritual life. Remember what Jesus said as he washed his disciples' feet:
“Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” (Mark 9:35)
Yes, at times Jesus did refer specifically to himself within these roles - as loving servant of God and servant of humanity. But he is speaking to a particular audience, and telling this audience that he is the bona fide representative of God in their midst - as opposed to the ecclesiastical Jewish teachers of Jesus' day who were not truly representing the Supreme Being.

The Supreme Being is not impotent. He doesn't employ one son or one savior. God has the ability to produce many many many children. Thus, God sends His messengers - his loving servants - to those lost spiritual individuals living in the physical world in every generation in an attempt to bring us back home. 

And because each of God's representatives are representing God, their basic teachings are the same. They speak with one voice. This is why one can also speak of God's representative in the singular. Because it is the Supreme Being who is the ultimate Teacher.

The only way back home is to latch onto the teachings God's representative. This is the only way, because the only way to return to God is to re-establish our relationship with the Supreme Being, and God’s loving servants are involved in such a relationship, so they can teach us how to regain our relationship.

In the verse above, Jesus also speaks about ascending "to where he was before." Where is this? This is the spiritual realm. This indicates that Jesus descended from the spiritual realm to bring us home to God's world - the spiritual realm - where "the spirit gives life."

Returning to God and the spiritual realm is not a mechanical thing. It is not as if we can join a club or do some rituals or postures or recite some scriptures or stare at a cross and we automatically return to God. We must be invited into an intimate relationship with the Supreme Being from a someone who is currently enjoying such an intimate relationship, and do the work necessary to change our hearts and consciousness from loving ourselves to loving God. It is an exclusive situation because it is all about loving relationships.

While the Supreme Being wants us all to return to Him, we have to make that decision first. Should we make the decision, God will direct us to one of His representatives and give us the vision to understand their relationship with God. This is stated clearly by Jesus:
"no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him"
The only pathway back to our relationship with the Supreme Being is by taking hold of the teachings of His loving servant and representative. This is because God's representative not only can introduce us to God, but he can show us, by example, how to love and serve the Supreme Being. This is the purpose and intention of Jesus' statement here.


(See the Devotional Translation of the Gospel of John Chapter Six - translated from the original Greek texts without ecclesiastical sectarian influence.)