Secondly, the only way to get into this sanctuary is through its one and only door, Jesus Christ. The pluralistic society we find ourselves in has no problem with God as long as there are many ways of accessing Him. It can be quite intimidating to proclaim that Jesus is the only way to the Father in this increasingly hostile environment. First published in Tabletalk Magazine , an outreach of Ligonier. For permissions, view our Copyright Policy. The mission, passion and purpose of Ligonier Ministries is to proclaim the holiness of God in all its fullness to as many people as possible.
Your gift enables our worldwide outreach. Donate Now. Fix that problem! Ligonier Ministries The teaching fellowship of R. Close Your Cart Loading Search Home Learn. The first of these is that God has a sanctuary, a safe place to bring His sheep, where He will save and keep them safe forever. Secondly, the only way to get into this sanctuary is through its one and only door, Jesus Christ. The pluralistic society we find ourselves in has no problem with God as long as there are many ways of accessing Him. It can be quite intimidating to proclaim that Jesus is the only way to the Father in this increasingly hostile environment.
First published in Tabletalk Magazine , an outreach of Ligonier. For permissions, view our Copyright Policy. The mission, passion and purpose of Ligonier Ministries is to proclaim the holiness of God in all its fullness to as many people as possible. Your gift enables our worldwide outreach. Donate Now. Fix that problem! Ligonier Ministries The teaching fellowship of R. Close Your Cart Loading Those who belong to God, those who belong to the true shepherd, they will hear His voice.
They will follow. They will not hear the voice of a stranger. Nothing can break the bond between true sheep and the shepherd. Jesus then adds another word picture. And the idea of going in and out means moving with freedom when He leads you out of that fold. He alone is the door. He repeated again down in verse 9. He leads you out and there is a freedom from bondage.
I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to. Answer: The statement “I am the door,” found in John , is the third of seven “I am” declarations of Jesus recorded only in John's Gospel. These “I am”.
If anyone goes literally through me, passes through me, he will be saved. Mark that word, underline it, draw a circle around it.
This is about what? This is about being saved.
This is about salvation. This is the saving shepherd. This we could say is the liberty that we enjoy. We can go everywhere. We have the right to enjoy it all. We have nothing to fear, do we? What can separate us from the love of God in Christ?
Can anything separate us? Absolutely nothing can separate us. So we go in and out and it shows a liberty now, a freedom. There is no enemy who can destroy us. We have nothing to fear. We can roam free. No threat is held over our head. What will separate us from the love of our shepherd? So the Lord is the Shepherd and the Shepherd is the door. And God feeds us and sustains us with green pastures through our whole spiritual life. We have received all things pertaining to spiritual life and godliness, have we not?
Fully sustained, fully supplied. But what is it that is our food? What is that pasture? We know His voice. Where does His voice come to us? Through here. Through the Word. As the Spirit gives life to the Word, we follow the Scripture. We love the Word.
If I say something against anything, it usually shows up in some headline in such an outrageous form that it incites anger and hostility. The thief comes to kill the sheep. And so very often, they would slit the throat of the sheep in the fold and throw it over the wall. They knew that. They knew the kind of work that robbers did. They would take the wool and then eat the sheep. The thief comes to kill, comes to destroy after he has stolen. What is salvation, then? Just summing it up, the Messiah comes, the Savior comes, He comes to the fold of Judaism and the fold of the Gentile world.
His sheep are already known to Him because the Father has identified them and given them a name and written it down before the foundation of the world.
He enters the door because He has full authority and right to do so. And out of the world and out of Judaism, He selects His own, calls them by name.
This is irresistible grace. This is the effectual call. This is a call unto life. This is regeneration. They follow because this is a supernatural work of God that draws them out of sin and death and darkness and blindness. They know His voice. They go through Him, He alone being the door. They come out and then they roam the world and enjoy all the rich provision and protection that their shepherd provides for them.
This is salvation. Unfortunately, false shepherds and false teachers destroy people. And Peter says many follow their pernicious ways. Just to kind of keep things in perspective, this is to me and to all of you who serve the Lord as missionaries, and pastors and leaders. He says this.
But now, Jesus is the gate. He went to the youth group and was involved in all the youth activities. Jesus has the power to lay it down and take it up again. We had laid down for a Sunday afternoon nap, and half an hour into that nap, our front doorbell rang. There is much in that name. To subscribe at our regular subscription rate, click the button below.
The ones who He identified, they belong to Him. He called them out.
They came. They heard His voice. They will follow until they enter into eternal glory. So we are to be Christlike to the flock. We literally shepherd the flock of God as under-shepherds under Christ, who is the Chief Shepherd.