Hmmm... not sure what I see there, gregory...
but I think it's similar to Jn 17: 3 where having life in His name (20:31) is dependent on knowing the Son and who He is and what He is about so we can better abide in Him?
I can understand not seeing this at first, because we have been conditioned to see things in a certain way, having been taught those things. Here are the verses again:
(John 6:29 [WEB])
Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent."
(John 20:31 [WEB])
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.
The reason I am asking questions is because if what I am seeing is true, then I want you to be able to see it for yourself, and not because I told you.
Looking at John 20:31, do you see it saying that the things being written are a CONDITION for believing that Jesus is the Christ? Or would you say that the written things are there to CAUSE one to believe that Jesus is the Christ? The answer you come up with here is what Jesus had in mind when he said what he did in John 6.
In other words, is Jesus saying that the work of God is the CONDITION for believing in him, or is Jesus saying that the work of God is the CAUSE for believing in him? Or, put another way, is believing in him a work of man for God, or is believing in him a work of God for man?
Hopefully I am making more sense in my question. The reason I am bringing it up is because most people have been taught by rote to believe that our believing in Jesus is a work, the work of God, and I now see it differently, based on the questions I am asking you brother. :)