I decided to explain some of the lesson from the Greek class each week. We are going through one chapter in the Gospel of John each week, with some explanation of the meaning of the text.
This chapter of John unites about 500 Biblical references to sheep and shepherding in the Bible - Psalm 23, Isaiah 40 and 53, David the shepherd boy being the forerunner of the Good Shepherd.
Jesus began this doctrinal sermon by distinguishing Himself from all others, who were and are robbers and brigands. In all His solemn declarations, Jesus excludes all falsehood from the truth. There are not many truths, but One Truth, which is revealed by the Holy Spirit in the unbroken Scriptures.
This passage in the Fourth Gospel emphasizes the attributes of faith and the Savior's knowledge of His own followers. Sheep from gathered flocks were kept together in a fenced pen or sheepfold, with someone guarding the entrance.
The Good Shepherd calls them by name and leads them out, and they follow. They know His voice and listen to it. They do not follow strangers who hop over the fence and enter to rob and destroy. That is why we should shun those people who send themselves, as all false teachers do, instead of being called.
The Church Shrinkers and Missionals are always burning to cure, help, save, and benefit everyone, whether they ask or not - to charge them huge fees while feasting on the flock.
There is only one door, one Savior, one Way, one Truth, and one Life.
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