Faithlife
Faithlife

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This Son of Man, Jesus insists, is the one on whom the Father has placed his seal of approval. The idea is that God has certified the Son as his own agent, authorizing him as the one who alone can bestow this food.

This Son of Man, Jesus insists, is the one on whom the Father has placed his seal of approval. The idea is that God has certified the Son as his own agent, authorizing him as the one who alone can bestow this food.

Their question therefore resolves into this: Tell us what works God requires, and we will perform them. From John’s perspective, their naïveté is formidable. They display no doubt about their intrinsic ability to meet any challenge God may set them; they evince no sensitivity to the fact that eternal life is first and foremost a gift within the purview of the Son of Man (v. 27)

His point was not that they should attempt some novel form of work, but that merely material notions of blessing are not worth pursuing.

His point was not that they should attempt some novel form of work, but that merely material notions of blessing are not worth pursuing.

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