Belief and works (Jn 14:12-14:12)


Very truly!

I tell you!

Whoever believes

In me,

Will also do the works

That I do!

They will do

Greater works

Than I do

Because I am going

To the Father.”

ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν, ὁ πιστεύων εἰς ἐμὲ τὰ ἔργα ἃ ἐγὼ ποιῶ κἀκεῖνος ποιήσει, καὶ μείζονα τούτων ποιήσει, ὅτι ἐγὼ πρὸς τὸν Πατέρα πορεύομαι·

John uniquely indicated that Jesus made a solemn pronouncement (ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν) that whoever believed in him (ὁ πιστεύων εἰς ἐμὲ) would also do the works that he did (τὰ ἔργα ἃ ἐγὼ ποιῶ κἀκεῖνος ποιήσει).  In fact, they would do greater works (καὶ μείζονα τούτων ποιήσει) than he did, because Jesus going to the Father (ὅτι ἐγὼ πρὸς τὸν Πατέρα πορεύομαι).  Jesus tied good works to belief.  It was not good enough to believe alone.  If they believed in Jesus, they would be able to do greater works than Jesus had done, greater miracles or signs.  Do you want to carry out the mission of Jesus?

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