“Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”
Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”~ John 6:28-29
Because God has so much to say about our walk with Him being one of faith, I want to learn everything I can from Him about it by His Word and Spirit.
“For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith,” (Romans 1:17).
When I read Romans 1:17, I see an image in my mind’s eye of a child of God who has chosen to live by faith stepping on a stone lined path – each stone representing a Rock solid promise of His Word, making his or her walk strong and sure with every step.
The path itself of course described in verses such as:
- Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. – Psalm 119:105.
- Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. – Matthew 7:13-14
So it’s a path paved by the light of His Word, and it’s a narrow path that must be found, leads to life, and is not an easy way to take.
Getting back to the introductory verses, John 6:28-29…
Jesus told the disciples, “The work of God,” is that they, “must believe in Him whom He sent,” in answer to their question, “What must we DO to work the works of God?”
Just prior to this question in John 6 verses 1 to 14, they’d witnessed Jesus using a lad’s five barley loaves and two small fish to supernaturally feed 5000. (I believe the lad exercised faith there as well by releasing it to Jesus).
Meaning, they wanted to know how they too could do the miracles of the Father that Jesus did.
Believe in Him.
As in take God for His Word by faith.
From His Word, we can see that taking Him for His Word means SO much to the heart of the Father
One reason I believe this is so is because the Father has declared to us that Jesus, His Son, IS the Word made flesh (John 1:1; 14), so when we don’t believe His Word/don’t take Him for His Word, we are not believing in Him.
If we are not believing in Him, then we can’t “do” the work of God. It’s a from faith to faith, by faith walk with the Father.
This is completely separate from salvation of course. This is regarding living by faith, walking by faith and not by sight, walking by His promises and not by sight knowing that what He promised, He is able to perform (Romans 4) and allowing His Word to be the solid foundation that it is to carry us through life.
I love how just two verses in the Word, like John 6:28-29, can have such a massive impact on my faith and how He can turn even a couple words – ONLY BELIEVE – it into a powerful message for me (and others) to encourage and help us live by faith more and more.
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is [the GREAT I AM], and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him,” (Hebrews 11:6).
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God,” (Romans 10:17).
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