Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. (John 20:30-31).
Today’s text, as we noted at the beginning of our study of The Gospel of John, provides the purpose for John’s Gospel and its existence. That purpose is that people may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing they may have life in His name.
John recorded many signs and wonders which Jesus accomplished. There was the feeding of the 5,000 (John 6), the healing of the man born blind (John 9), and the raising of Lazarus from the dead (John 11). These three miracles, and many others contained in John’s Gospel and also those which were withheld, were written and recorded for the expressed purpose of sinners committing to, depending upon, trusting in and worshiping Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
This belief, or faith, in Jesus as the Christ, Son of God results in the believer possessing life in His name. This is eternal life. It means to possess an eternal, reconciled relationship with the One, True God of the universe. It means for God to declare the sinner righteous by grace alone, through faith alone in the person and work of Jesus Christ alone.
John Calvin writes that, “He means the Christ, such as He had been promised in the Law and the Prophets, as the Mediator between God and men, the Father’s highest Ambassador, the only restorer of the world, and the Author of perfect happiness. Here John repeats the most important point of His doctrine, that we obtain eternal life by faith, because while we are out of Christ, we are dead and we are restored to life by His grace alone.”
Ephesians 2:1-5 says, “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—.”
May God’s truth and grace reside here.
Soli deo Gloria!