John 20:31
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New International Version
But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

New Living Translation
But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.

English Standard Version
but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

New American Standard Bible
but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.

King James Bible
But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But these are written so that you may believe Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and by believing you may have life in His name.

International Standard Version
But these have been recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and so that through believing you may have life in his name.

NET Bible
But these are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But these things are also written that you may believe that Yeshua is The Messiah, the Son of God, and when you believe, you shall have eternal life in his name.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But these miracles have been written so that you will believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and so that you will have life by believing in him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
but these are written that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing ye might have life in his name.

King James 2000 Bible
But these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you might have life through his name.

American King James Version
But these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you might have life through his name.

American Standard Version
but these are written, that ye may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye may have life in his name.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But these are written, that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God: and that believing, you may have life in his name.

Darby Bible Translation
but these are written that ye may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing ye might have life in his name.

English Revised Version
but these are written, that ye may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye may have life in his name.

Webster's Bible Translation
But these are written, that ye may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing ye may have life through his name.

Weymouth New Testament
But these have been recorded in order that you may believe that He is the Christ, the Son of God, and that, through believing, you may have Life through His name.

World English Bible
but these are written, that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.

Young's Literal Translation
and these have been written that ye may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing ye may have life in his name.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

20:30,31 There were other signs and proofs of our Lord's resurrection, but these were committed to writing, that all might believe that Jesus was the promised Messiah, the Saviour of sinners, and the Son of God; that, by this faith, they might obtain eternal life, by his mercy, truth, and power. May we believe that Jesus is the Christ, and believing may we have life through his name.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 31. - But, says he, these are written with a special purpose. The author did not intend to write a full history or a detailed biography; he avowed having made a unique and well-considered selection of "signs," which formed the theme of great discourse, of "words" which revealed the inner depths of that wondrous nature, and which, far from exhausting the theme, only touched its fringes; and he did this with a distinct aim, in order that ye (he here addresses the Churches already founded and waiting for his legacy) might believe. Believe what? Simply in the fact of the Resurrection? Certainly not; but that Jesus, the Man whose life has been enacted on this human stage, is the Christ, has fulfilled the entire idea of the Messiah and is now the realization of the grandest theocratic hope; and further, that he is the" Christ," because he is none other than the Son of God, the Revelation of the Divine nature, the Image of the Father's substance, the Effluence of his glory, seeing that his is the glory of the Only Begotten of the Father. Nor is this all. He adds, And that believing in this glory, in this reality, in this Christhood, in this Sonship, ye might have life, the blessedness of true being, the sacred fellowship with the Eternal, the hold upon FOREVER, the sanctity of "the life" that is "light," the everlasting life of the sons of God. The prologue here finds its true and efficient complement. The purpose now betrayed expounds the structure of the Gospel as a whole. The apostle claims kinship with the central apostolate. The Hebrew prophet does not disdain his true kindred. The evangelist does not disclaim his predecessors. The lover of souls discloses his lofty passion.





Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But these are written,..... The several ends of recording what is written in this book, in proof of Christ's resurrection, are as follow: one is,

that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; that Jesus, who was diminutively called Jesus, the son of Mary, the son of Joseph, the carpenter's son, Jesus of Nazareth, and of Galilee, was the Christ, or true Messiah; which signifies anointed, and takes in all his offices of prophet, priest, and King, to which he was anointed; and is an article of faith of the greatest importance; and is to be believed through the signs proving his resurrection, who, according to the Scriptures, was to rise again; and which, by the signs here recorded, it appears he is risen indeed, and therefore must be the true Messiah of the prophets, and also "the Son of God"; which was a known title of the Messiah among the Jews; and is not a name of office, but of nature and relation to God, and designs Christ in his divine nature, or as a divine person; and is an article of great moment, and well attested, by God, by angels, and men; and receives a further confirmation by the resurrection of Christ, who is thereby declared to be the Son of God with power; and with this view did this evangelist write the signs, proving it, herein to be found. And his other end in recording them, is,

and that believing ye might have life through his name: believers have their spiritual and eternal life through Christ; their life of grace, of justification on him, of sanctification from him, and communion with him; the support and maintenance of their spiritual life, and all the comforts of it: and also their life of glory, or eternal life, they have through, or in his name; it lies in his person, it comes to them through him as the procuring cause of it; it is for his sake bestowed upon them, yea, it is in his hands to give it, and who does give it to all that believe: not that believing is the cause of their enjoyment of this life, or is their title to it, which is the name, person, blood, and righteousness of Christ; but faith is the way and means in which they enjoy it; and therefore these signs are written by the evangelist for the encouragement of this faith in Christ, which is of such use in the enjoyment of life, in, through, and from him. Beza's ancient copy, two of Stephens's, the Coptic, Syriac, Arabic, Persic, and Ethiopic versions read, "eternal life".

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

31. But these are written—as sufficient specimens.

the Christ, the Son of God—the one His official, the other His personal, title.

believing … may have life—(See on [1923]Joh 6:51-54).

John 20:31 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Purpose of John's Book
30Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.
Cross References
Matthew 4:3
The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread."

Luke 1:35
The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.

John 3:15
that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him."

John 5:24
"Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.

John 19:35
The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe.

1 John 5:13
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
Treasury of Scripture

But these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you might have life through his name.

these.

John 20:28 And Thomas answered and said to him, My LORD and my God.

John 1:49 Nathanael answered and said to him, Rabbi, you are the Son of God; …

John 6:69,70 And we believe and are sure that you are that Christ, the Son of …

John 9:35-38 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, …

Psalm 2:7,12 I will declare the decree: the LORD has said to me, You are my Son; …

Matthew 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of …

Matthew 27:54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, …

Luke 1:4 That you might know the certainty of those things, wherein you have …

Acts 8:37 And Philip said, If you believe with all your heart, you may. And …

Acts 9:20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

Romans 1:3,4 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed …

1 John 4:15 Whoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in …

1 John 5:1,10,20 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every …

2 John 1:9 Whoever transgresses, and stays not in the doctrine of Christ, has …

Revelation 2:18 And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things said …

believing.

John 3:15,16,18,36 That whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life…

John 5:24,39,40 Truly, truly, I say to you, He that hears my word, and believes on …

John 6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which sees …

John 10:10 The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: …

Mark 16:16 He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes …

1 Peter 1:9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

1 John 2:23-25 Whoever denies the Son, the same has not the Father: he that acknowledges …

1 John 5:10-13 He that believes on the Son of God has the witness in himself: he …

through.

Luke 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his …

Acts 3:16 And his name through faith in his name has made this man strong, …

Acts 10:43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whoever …

Acts 13:38,39 Be it known to you therefore, men and brothers, that through this …

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