John 6:29, “This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent.” Note that this verse does not read, “This is the command of God that ye believe,” although such is the interpretation often given to it. It is not an exhortation. The Jews had asked what they should do in order to perform such works as would be pleasing to God. Jesus replies, that the truest way for them to work the work of God, would be to receive and obey Him whom He had sent. Primarily, Faith in Jesus as the Messiah—not believing to the salvation of the soul—is evidently intended.
Spiritual belief, however, is here contended for. If so, the verse will mean, that of all the acts of which the human mind is capable, Faith in Jesus is the most gratifying to God. The verse therefore does not touch the proposition which it is quoted to prove.