I AM Part Two

I AM the Door of the Sheep 

 Think of a door of protecting yourself from outside intruder from invading your space intending to do you harm. In only able enter by unlocking the door In  John 10:7, 9  Jesus states, “I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn’t listen to them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will come in and go out and find pasture.” 

John 10:8. When Jesus says, “I am the door,” He is reiterating the fact that only through Him is salvation possible One who believes the gospel (Hebrews 11:6) and repents of sin Luke 13:3 is assured of being in “the fold” and of having entered by “the door.” This section echoes Jesus’ words in 14:6 that He is the only way to the Father. His point is that He serves as the sole  to approach the Father and partake of God’s promised salvation. 

 Believer Commentary wrote, “Christ is the door. Christianity is not a creed, or a church. Rather it is a Person, and that Person is the Lord Jesus Christ. “If anyone enters by Me.” Salvation can only be received through Christ. Baptism will not do; neither will the Lord’s Supper. We must enter in by Christ, and by the power which He gives.

Dr S Lewis Johnson wrote “This is none other but the house of God. This is the gate of heaven.” And so on this beautiful picture of this beautiful church there was the quotation from  Scripture “The house of God, the gate of heaven.” Jesus is the door to heaven.“ Furthermore he wrote,”You could look at this and say it’s a beautiful illustration of the simplicity of entrance into life through the Lord Jesus. It’s not a philosophy. It’s not by the creeds. It’s not by personal conduct. It’s not by personal membership in the church. Jesus is the door. “I am the door.”

Dr S Lewis Johnson penned these words concerning Jesus as the door, “The tabernacle, perhaps the greatest visual picture of the salvation of God in the Old Testament, how many doors were there into the tabernacle? Well there was one door. All of this designed to stress the exclusiveness of the salvation that God provides. One may call this narrow intolerance, but it is the narrowness of truth. Every expression of the fact that there are different methods of salvation and it’s important simply to believe something and believe it sincerely all of those are false ideas. The world is flooded with them. But the Scripture stands solidly behind  the truth that the Lord Jesus and the Lord Jesus alone is the door.” 

As followers of Christ, Jesus is both our Shepherd and the Door to the sheepfold who provides for all our needs. Knowing that the world is full of predators whose sole intent is to destroy us (1 Peter 5:8), we are always under His protection. More importantly, we are fully confident that “when the Chief Shepherd appears [we] will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away” (1 Peter 5:4).

 The only way you’re able to enter heaven gates or sheep fold is through the atoning works of Jesus Christ. While on the cross Jesus uttered these words, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me.” All of mankind sins and His Father wrath fell upon Him, and when you repent, confess, and believe tha t Jesus took your sins. Than Jesus will take your sins and replace with His righteousness. As scripture declares, “He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 

Dr S Lewis Johnson penned these words concerning Jesus as the door, “The tabernacle, perhaps the greatest visual picture of the salvation of God in the Old Testament, how many doors were there into the tabernacle? Well there was one door. All of this designed to stress the exclusiveness of the salvation that God provides. One may call this narrow intolerance, but it is the narrowness of truth. Every expression of the fact that there are different methods of salvation and it’s important simply to believe something and believe it sincerely all of those are false ideas. The world is flooded with them. But the Scripture stands solidly behind  the truth that the Lord Jesus and the Lord Jesus alone is the door.” 

You could look at this and say it’s a beautiful illustration of the simplicity of entrance into life through the Lord Jesus. It’s not a philosophy. It’s not by the creeds. It’s not by personal conduct. It’s not by personal membership in the church. Jesus is the door. “I am the door.”

 Jesus said, “I am the door.” And then as if to emphasize 

it he lays stress upon the fact that one enters through him only. For he adds, “By me if any man enter in he shall be saved. Dr. S. Lewis Johnson, “ The door to eternal life, though the Lord Jesus who died as a sacrifice on Calvary’s cross for sinners, is always open. You may come right now and enter the sheep fold through the door, the Lord Jesus, and have him forever after caring for you, providing for you, giving you not only life, but abundant life.”

 The only way you’re able to enter heaven gates or sheep fold is through the atoning works of Jesus Christ. While on the cross Jesus uttered these words, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me.” All of mankind sins and His Father wrath fell upon Him, and when you repent, confess, and believe tha t Jesus took your sins. Than Jesus will take your sins and replace with His righteousness. As scripture declares, “He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  

As followers of Christ, Jesus is both our Shepherd and the Door to the sheepfold who provides for all our needs. Knowing that the world is full of predators whose sole intent is to destroy us (1 Peter 5:8), we are always under His protection. More importantly, we are fully confident that “when the Chief Shepherd appears [we] will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away” (1 Peter 5:4).

 

https://www.gotquestions.org/I-am-the-door.html

 

 

I AM The Good Shepherd 

  In Ezekiel, 34:23-24 it states. “I will appoint over them. A single shepherd, My servant David, and he will shepherd them. He will tend them himself and will be their shepherd. My servant David will be a king over them, and there will be one shepherd for all of them. They will follow My ordinances and keep My statutes and obey them.” In Isaiah, 40:11 it states. “He protects His flock like a shepherd; He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them in the fold of His garment. He gently leads those that are nursing. In Ezekiel 34:16 states “I will seek the lost, bring back the strays, bandage the injured, and strengthen the weak, but I will destroy the fat and the strong. I will shepherd them with justice.

To get a clear picture of Jesus meaning in this statement, it is helpful to understand a little of that ancient culture, especially of sheep, and shepherding. Of all domesticated animals, sheep are the most helpless. Sheep will spend their entire day grazing, wandering from place to place, never looking up. Therefore, they often become lost. But, sheep have no “homing instinct” as other animals do. They are totally incapable of finding their way to their sheepfold even when it is in plain sight. By nature, sheep are followers. If the lead sheep steps off a cliff, the others will follow. Additionally, sheep are easily susceptible to injuries and is utterly helpless against predators.

Jesus is that Shepherd in John 10:11 He states, “I am the Good Shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”  Furthermore, he states in” John10;14-16 , I am the good shepherd. I know My own sheep, and they now Me, 15 as the Father knows Me, and I know the Father. I lay down My life for the sheep. But, I have other sheep that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will listen to My voice. Then there will be one flock, one shepherd.” 

Furthermore in John 10:11 The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. John MacArthur wrote, “This is a reference to Jesus’ substitutionary death for sinners on the cross.” Where Christ willingly went to the cross to atone mankind sins He gave His life, enduring death on behalf of sinners. Reformed Bible Study wrote, “ Jesus gives His life, enduring death on behalf of sinners.  This is intimated in the name “Lamb of God”  John 1; 29 Where Jesus is both the Lamb and the Shepherd. Where in Hebrew 13:20, its states “May the God of peace who brought up from the dead the great shepherd of the sheep by the blood of the eternal covenant, Jesus our Lord.

 John10;14-16 , I am the good shepherd. I know My own sheep, and they now Me, as the Father knows Me, and I know the Father. I lay down My life for the sheep. But, I have other sheep that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will listen to My voice. Then there will be one flock, one shepherd.” Indicating Jesus is intimately involved with His sheep and His sheep has strong desire to be familiarly with the good Shepherd.    

Reformed Bible Study, “It is clear that “know” here, as so often in Scripture, means more than a mental grasp; it includes personal understanding and a commitment of will. To say, that God “knows” a person in this way refers to His gracious redemptive commitment to that individual. Matthew Henry states” He is known of them. He observes them with an eye of favour, and they observe him with an eye of faith. Christ’s knowing his sheep is put before their knowing him, for he knew and loved us first (1 John 4:19), 

Yet there other sheep that are not of this fold, and Jesus must bring them also and they will listen to My voice

NIV Study notes states,” These already belonged to Christ, though they had not yet been brought to him. Not of this sheep pen. Those outside Judaism. Here is a glimpse of the future worldwide scope of the church. One flock. All God’s people have the same Shepherd (see 17:20–23).”

John MacArthur Rom. 1:16). Jesus’ death was not only for Jews, but also non-Jews whom He will make into one new body, the church. As scriptures declares, “  I am obligated both to Greeks and barbarians, both to the wise and the foolish. Isa. 40:11; Ezek. 34:23; 37:24; Zech. 13:7. ‘John 10:11  John10;14-16

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+34&version=HCSB 

https://www.gotquestions.org/Good-Shepherd.html 

https://www.gotquestions.org/True-Shepherd.html

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