John 6:40 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 6:40, NIV: "For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.'"

John 6:40, ESV: "For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”"

John 6:40, KJV: "And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day."

John 6:40, NASB: "For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.'"

John 6:40, NLT: "For it is my Father's will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day.'"

John 6:40, CSB: "For this is the will of my Father: that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him will have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.""

What does John 6:40 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In ancient writing styles, repetition was used to emphasize the truth of a statement. Jesus' comments in this verse are extremely similar to those made in verse 39. In prior verses, Jesus made it very clear that eternal life is given to those who believe in the One sent by God. This is the "true bread from heaven" (John 6:32), and the real point behind miracles such as manna in the Old Testament (Exodus 16) and Jesus' own feeding of thousands from the previous day (John 6:9–14). Jesus has also stated, in explicit terms, that eternal life is not the result of a "work," meaning some ritual or action, but only the result of belief in Him. According to Jesus, He is the One sent by God, who will infallibly accept all whom God the Father gives Him (John 6:37), and who will infallibly keep them to see eternal life (John 6:39).

Here, Jesus specifies the necessity of belief for those who seek eternal life. In addition, Christ makes another clear statement on the doctrine of eternal security. Those whom God has given to Jesus, He absolutely will save. Those He saves absolutely will remain saved, to be "[raised] up on the last day." Once a person is truly saved by Christ, their salvation can never be lost.