New Defender's Study Bible Notes
6:29 the work of God. All man-made religions involve systems of works (that is, works capable of being achieved by man) as prerequisites to salvation. The Christian faith alone is based solely on faith in the finished work of Christ. The “works of God” (John 6:28) are impossible to attain, requiring absolute obedience to God’s law (Deuteronomy 27:26; James 2:10) to be acceptable to God. Only Jesus in His perfect humanity was able to accomplish this, but His righteousness is imputed to all those who believe on Him apart from works (Romans 4:5). This is possible only because He, perfectly righteous Himself, could then voluntarily and in love bear “our sins in His own body on the tree” (I Peter 2:24). Jesus had just cautioned them to work “not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth” (John 6:27).