John 6:28

28 "What can we do to perform the works of God?" they asked.

John 6:28 Meaning and Commentary

John 6:28

Then said they unto him
Understanding by what he said, that they must labour and work, though not for perishing food, yet for durable food; and as they imagined, in order to obtain eternal life by working:

what shall we do that we might work the works of God?
Such as are agreeable to his will, are acceptable to him, and well pleasing in his sight: they seem to intimate, as if they desired to know whether there were any other works of this kind, than what Moses had directed them to, or than they had done; and if there were, they suggest they would gladly do them; for this was the general cast and complexion of this people; they were seeking for righteousness, and life not by faith, but, as it were, by the works of the law.

John 6:28 In-Context

26 Jesus answered, "I assure you: You are looking for Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate the loaves and were filled.
27 Don't work for the food that perishes but for the food that lasts for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal of approval on Him."
28 "What can we do to perform the works of God?" they asked.
29 Jesus replied, "This is the work of God: that you believe in the One He has sent."
30 "What sign then are You going to do so we may see and believe You?" they asked. "What are You going to perform?