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.

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.

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.

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.'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

That ye might believe - What is here recorded is to give a full proof of the Divinity of Christ; that he is the promised Messiah; that he really suffered and rose again from the dead; and that through him every believer might have eternal life.

Life - Several MSS., versions, and fathers read eternal life, and this is undoubtedly the meaning of the word, whether the various reading be admitted or not.

Grotius has conjectured that the Gospel, as written by St. John, ended with this chapter, and that the following chapter was added by the Church of Ephesus. This conjecture is supported by nothing in antiquity. It is possible that these two last verses might have formerly been at the conclusion of the last chapter, as they bear a very great similarity to those that are found there; and it is likely that their true place is between the 24th and 25th verses of the succeeding chapter; with the latter of which they in every respect correspond, and with it form a proper conclusion to the book. Except this correspondence, there is no authority for changing their present position.

After reading the Gospel of John, his first Epistle should be next taken up: it is written exactly in the same spirit, and keeps the same object steadily in view. As John's Gospel may be considered a supplement to the other evangelists, so his first Epistle may be considered a supplement and continuation to his own Gospel. In some MSS. the epistles follow this Gospel, not merely because the transcribers wished to have all the works of the same writer together, but because there was such an evident connection between them. The first Epistle is to the Gospel as a pointed and forcible application is to an interesting and impressive sermon.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


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; you are the King of Israel.

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

John 9:35-38 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said to him, Do you believe on the Son of God...

Psalm 2:7,12 I will declare the decree: the LORD has said to me, You are my Son; this day have I begotten you...

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

Matthew 27:54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done...

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

Acts 8:37 And Philip said, If you believe with all your heart, you may. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

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 of David according to the flesh...

1 John 4:15 Whoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him, and he in God.

1 John 5:1,10,20 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loves him that begat loves him also that is begotten of him...

2 John 1:9 Whoever transgresses, and stays not in the doctrine of Christ, has not God. He that stays in the doctrine of Christ...

Revelation 2:18 And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things said the Son of God, who has his eyes like to a flame of fire...


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 him that sent me, has everlasting life...

John 6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which sees the Son, and believes on him, may have everlasting life...

John 10:10 The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life...

Mark 16:16 He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes not shall be damned.

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 the Son has the Father also...

1 John 5:10-13 He that believes on the Son of God has the witness in himself: he that believes not God has made him a liar...


Luke 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

Acts 3:16 And his name through faith in his name has made this man strong, whom you see and know: yes...

Acts 10:43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whoever believes in him shall receive remission of sins.

Acts 13:38,39 Be it known to you therefore, men and brothers, that through this man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins...

May 20 Evening
Jesus saith unto her, Mary.--JOHN 20:16. Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by name: Thou art mine.--The sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name. And the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me. The foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his.--We have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God.
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

Thomas and Jesus
'And after eight days, again His disciples were within, and Thomas with them. Then came Jesus.'--JOHN xx. 26. There is nothing more remarkable about the narrative of the resurrection, taken as a whole, than the completeness with which our Lord's appearances met all varieties of temperament, condition, and spiritual standing. Mary, the lover; Peter, the penitent; the two disciples on the way to Emmaus, the thinkers; Thomas, the stiff unbeliever--the presence of the Christ is enough for them all; it
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture: St. John Chaps. XV to XXI

Sermon for Thursday in Easter Week
How we ought to love God, and how Christ is a Master of the Eternal Good, wherefore we ought to love Him above all things; a Master of the Highest Truth, wherefore we ought to contemplate Him; and a Master of the Highest Perfectness, wherefore we ought to follow after Him without let or hindrance. John xx. 16.--"She turned herself and said unto Him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master." WHEN our Lord had risen from the dead, Mary Magdalene desired with her whole heart to behold our blessed Lord; and
Susannah Winkworth—The History and Life of the Reverend Doctor John Tauler

Sermon for the First Sunday after Easter
(From the Gospel for the day) How we are to ascend by three stages to true peace and purity of heart. John xx. 19.--"Peace be to you." PEACE be with you," said our beloved Lord to His disciples after His resurrection. All men by nature desire rest and peace, and are ever striving after it in all their manifold actions, efforts, and labours; and yet to all eternity they will never attain to true peace, unless they seek it where alone it is to be found,--in God. What, then, are the means and ways to
Susannah Winkworth—The History and Life of the Reverend Doctor John Tauler

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.

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