Studies In The Book Of John
John 6:28 – “Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?”
A. One cannot know all the works of God (Ecclesiastes 11:5). Notice now a few works of God that we do know about:
1. The writing of commandments on the two tables of stone (Exodus 32:15-16).
2. The thundering of the voice of God, the weather, etc. (Job 37:5-23).
3. The parting of the red sea (Psalms 66:5-6; cf. Exodus 14:21-22).
4. Causing the blind to see (John 9:1-7).
5. The ability to speak in unknown tongues (Acts 2:1-11).
B. We know that this request is not pleasing to the Lord (Acts 8:13-24).
1. The ability to perform the works of God was given to disciples of the Lord by the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 12:3-11).
2. One received the Holy Spirit through Holy Spirit baptism (Acts 1:8 and Acts 10:44-11:18), which ceased during the first century (Ephesians 4:5; cf. I Peter 3:20-21).
3. The only other way the Spirit was given was through the laying on of an Apostle’s hands (Acts 8:14-18 and Acts 19:1-7).
a. To be an Apostle one had to see the resurrected Christ (Acts 1:22-26).
b. Paul was the last to see the Lord (I Corinthians 15:1-8).
c. There are no Apostles today, so no one can perform the works of God!
John 6:29 – “Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.”
A. Rather than the ability to perform wonders, God wants people to have faith in Christ (Acts 20:21, Galatians 3:26-27, II Timothy 3:15, and I John 3:23).
1. If the Jews had believed in the Lord, they would have done something about their lost condition (Hebrews 11:7).
2. Without faith they cannot be saved (Mark 16:15-16, John 3:18, John 8:23-24, Romans 10:16-17, Galatians 5:6, and Hebrews 11:6).
3. As noted above, had they believed in Christ the works would have come to them in the future (John 14:10-12).
B. The whole reason these people had seen the miraculous works of God was so that they would believe in Christ (John 10:25 and Acts 2:22).
1. Miracles confirmed the message (Mark 16:20 and Hebrews 2:4).
2. Sometimes all the miracles in the world wouldn’t convince those who refused to see the truth (Numbers 14:1-11 and Psalms 106:6-25).
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