“Jesus answered them.
‘This is the work
You should believe
Whom he has sent.’”
ἀπεκρίθη Ἰησοῦς καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς Τοῦτό ἐστιν τὸ ἔργον τοῦ Θεοῦ, ἵνα πιστεύητε εἰς ὃν ἀπέστειλεν ἐκεῖνος.
John uniquely indicated that Jesus answered them (ἀπεκρίθη Ἰησοῦς). He said to them (καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς) that the work of God (Τοῦτό ἐστιν τὸ ἔργον τοῦ Θεοῦ) was to believe (ἵνα πιστεύητε) in the one whom he has sent (εἰς ὃν ἀπέστειλεν ἐκεῖνος), Jesus himself. Jesus told them that God’s work was not a specific action, but a belief in Jesus, who was sent by God. To have eternal life, they had to participate in the life of God via Jesus. This discourse of Jesus was not in the other canonical synoptic gospels. Do you believe in Jesus, who was sent by the Father?