John 6:29
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New International Version
Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent."

New Living Translation
Jesus told them, "This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent."

English Standard Version
Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”

New American Standard Bible
Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent."

King James Bible
Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Jesus replied, "This is the work of God--that you believe in the One He has sent.""

International Standard Version
Jesus answered them, "This is God's work: to believe in the one whom he has sent."

NET Bible
Jesus replied, "This is the deed God requires--to believe in the one whom he sent."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Yeshua answered and said to them: “This is the service of God, that you trust in him whom he has sent.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus replied to them, "God wants to do something for you so that you believe in the one whom he has sent."

Jubilee Bible 2000
Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe in him whom he has sent.

King James 2000 Bible
Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that you believe on him whom he has sent.

American King James Version
Jesus answered and said to them, This is the work of God, that you believe on him whom he has sent.

American Standard Version
Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Jesus answered, and said to them: This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he hath sent.

Darby Bible Translation
Jesus answered and said to them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom *he* has sent.

English Revised Version
Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

Webster's Bible Translation
Jesus answered and said to them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

Weymouth New Testament
"This," replied Jesus, "is above all the thing that God requires--that you should be believers in Him whom He has sent."

World English Bible
Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent."

Young's Literal Translation
Jesus answered and said to them, 'This is the work of God, that ye may believe in him whom He did send.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:28-35 Constant exercise of faith in Christ, is the most important and difficult part of the obedience required from us, as sinners seeking salvation. When by his grace we are enabled to live a life of faith in the Son of God, holy tempers follow, and acceptable services may be done. God, even his Father, who gave their fathers that food from heaven to support their natural lives, now gave them the true Bread for the salvation of their souls. Coming to Jesus, and believing on him, signify the same. Christ shows that he is the true Bread; he is to the soul what bread is to the body, nourishes and supports the spiritual life. He is the Bread of God. Bread which the Father gives, which he has made to be the food of our souls. Bread nourishes only by the powers of a living body; but Christ is himself living Bread, and nourishes by his own power. The doctrine of Christ crucified is now as strengthening and comforting to a believer as ever it was. He is the Bread which came down from heaven. It denotes the Divinity of Christ's person and his authority; also, the Divine origin of all the good which flows to us through him. May we with understanding and earnestness say, Lord, evermore give us this Bread.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 29. - Christ's reply really solves the great problem which had long perplexed the schools of Palestine, and often, and even to the present hour, is dividing into two hostile camps the Christian Church. Jesus answered and said to them, This is the work of God. Observe, not "works," but "work" - the one work which is the germ and the consummation of all the partial workings which are often made substitutes for it. There is "one work" which God would have man do. Jesus admits that there is something to do (ποιεῖν) - there is a labour, an effort of the will needed to do what God requires; and this is evident enough as soon as this great work is described, viz. That ye believe on him whom he (the Father) sent; or, hath sent. Ἵνα πιστεύητε, here preferred by the R.T. to πιστεύσητε (see John 13:19), marks the simple fact and continuous act of believing with the effort tending to such result; while the aorist would have pointed to one definite act of faith (see Westcott).. To "believe on him," to habitually entrust one's self to the power and grace of Christ, to make a full moral surrender of the soul to the Lord, includes in itself all other work, and is in itself the great work of God. "It is the Christian answer to the Jewish question" (Thoma). "Faith is the life of works, works the necessity of faith" (Westcott). "Faith is the highest kind of work, for by it man gives himself to God, and a free being can do nothing greater than give himself: St. James opposes work to a faith which would be nothing but intellectual belief. St. Paul opposes faith, active faith, to works of mere observance. The 'faith' of St. Paul is really the 'work' of St. James, according to this sovereign formula of Jesus, 'This is the work of God, that ye believe'" (Godet). Luther says, "To depend on God's Word, so that the heart is not terrified by sin and death, but trusts and believes in God, is a much severer and more difficult thing than the Carthusians or all orders of monks demand." Schleiermachcr says, "This is the most significant declaration, that all eternal life proceeds from nothing else than faith in Christ."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Jesus answered and said unto them, this is the work of God,.... The main and principal one, and which is well pleasing in his sight; and without which it is impossible to please him; and without which no work whatever is a good work; and this is of the operation of God, which he himself works in men; it is not of themselves, it is the pure gift of God:

that ye believe on him whom he hath sent; there are other works which are well pleasing to God, when rightly performed, but faith is the chief work, and others are only acceptable when done in the faith of Christ. This, as a principle, is purely God's work; as it is an act, or as it is exercised under the influence of divine grace, it is man's act: "that ye believe"; the object of it is Christ, as sent by the Father, as the Mediator between God and men, as appointed by him to be the Saviour and Redeemer; and believing in Christ, is believing in God that sent him. The Jews reduce all the six hundred and thirteen precepts of the law, for so many they say there are, to this one, "the just shall live by his faith", Habakkuk 2:4. (e).

(e) T. Bab. Maccot, fol. 23. 2. & 24. 1.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

29. This is the work of God—That lies at the threshold of all acceptable obedience, being not only the prerequisite to it, but the proper spring of it—in that sense, the work of works, emphatically "the work of God."

John 6:29 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus the Bread of Life
28Therefore they said to Him, "What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?" 29Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent." 30So they said to Him, "What then do You do for a sign, so that we may see, and believe You? What work do You perform?…
Cross References
John 3:17
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

John 6:28
Then they asked him, "What must we do to do the works God requires?"

John 6:38
For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.

John 6:57
Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.

Romans 4:5
However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.

1 Thessalonians 1:3
We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

James 2:22
You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.

1 John 3:23
And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.

Revelation 2:26
To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations--
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