31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. 32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?
What do we learn from this text concerning “good works?” Firstly, “good works” are SEEN. Jesus says that he had shown them “good works.” So “good works” are something that are manifest externally and can be seen.
Secondly, notice the SOURCE of “good works.” Jesus claims that they are from the Father. Again, we see that “good works” are not from us, but have a spiritual origin. As I have argued before, “good works” come from the fruits of the Spirit. Jesus performed “good works” because they were done from the motive of love for humanity and not because of any personal advancement.
Finally, notice the SECRECY of “good works.” The “good works” of Jesus went unrecognized. Pouring himself out for their salvation went unnoticed. Instead they want to stone him. If he would have told them want they wanted to hear, there would have been no problem. But he told them the truth out of a heart of love for them.
We see that this passage gives credence to what we have already seen about “good works.” We will look at another text next time.