John Chapter 10
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Matthew Henry's John Chapter 10 Bible commentary...
The parable of the good shepherd. (1-5) Christ the Door. (6-9) Christ the good Shepherd. (10-18) The Jews' opinion concerning Jesus. (19-21) His discourse at the feast of dedication. (22-30) The Jews attempt to stone Jesus. (31-38) He departs from Jerusalem. (39-42)1-5 Here is a parable or similitude, taken from the customs of the East, in the management of sheep. Men, as creatures depending on their Creator, are called the sheep of his pasture. The church of God in the world is as a sheep-fold, exposed to deceivers and persecutors. The great Shepherd of the sheep knows all that are his, guards them by his providence, guides them by his Spirit and word, and goes before them, as the Eastern shepherds went before their sheep, to set them in the way of his steps. Ministers must serve the sheep in their spiritual concerns. The Spirit of Christ will set before them an open door. The sheep of Christ will observe their Shepherd, and be cautious and shy of strangers, who would draw them from faith in him to fancies about him.
6-9 Many who hear the word of Christ, do not understand it, because they will not. But we shall find one scripture expounding another, and the blessed Spirit making known the blessed Jesus. Christ is the Door. And what greater security has the church of God than that the Lord Jesus is between it and all its enemies? He is a door open for passage and communication. Here are plain directions how to come into the fold; we must come in by Jesus Christ as the Door. By faith in him as the great Mediator between God and man. Also, we have precious promises to those that observe this direction. Christ has all that care of his church, and every believer, which a good shepherd has of his flock; and he expects the church, and every believer, to wait on him, and to keep in his pasture.
10-18 Christ is a good Shepherd; many who were not thieves, yet were careless in their duty, and by their neglect the flock was much hurt. Bad principles are the root of bad practices. The Lord Jesus knows whom he has chosen, and is sure of them; they also know whom they have trusted, and are sure of Him. See here the grace of Christ; since none could demand his life of him, he laid it down of himself for our redemption. He offered himself to be the Saviour; Lo, I come. And the necessity of our case calling for it, he offered himself for the Sacrifice. He was both the offerer and the offering, so that his laying down his life was his offering up himself. From hence it is plain, that he died in the place and stead of men; to obtain their being set free from the punishment of sin, to obtain the pardon of their sin; and that his death should obtain that pardon. Our Lord laid not his life down for his doctrine, but for his sheep.
19-21 Satan ruins many, by putting them out of conceit with the word and ordinances. Men would not be laughed out of their necessary food, yet suffer themselves thus to be laughed out of what is far more necessary. If our zeal and earnestness in the cause of Christ, especially in the blessed work of bringing his sheep into his fold, bring upon us evil names, let us not heed it, but remember our Master was thus reproached before us.
22-30 All who have any thing to say to Christ, may find him in the temple. Christ would make us to believe; we make ourselves doubt. The Jews understood his meaning, but could not form his words into a full charge against him. He described the gracious disposition and happy state of his sheep; they heard and believed his word, followed him as his faithful disciples, and none of them should perish; for the Son and the Father were one. Thus he was able to defend his sheep against all their enemies, which proves that he claimed Divine power and perfection equally with the Father.
31-38 Christ's works of power and mercy proclaim him to be over all, God blessed for evermore, that all may know and believe He is in the Father, and the Father in Him. Whom the Father sends, he sanctifies. The holy God will reward, and therefore will employ, none but such as he makes holy. The Father was in the Son, so that by Divine power he wrought his miracles; the Son was so in the Father, that he knew the whole of His mind. This we cannot by searching find out to perfection, but we may know and believe these declarations of Christ.
39-42 No weapon formed against our Lord Jesus shall prosper. He escaped, not because he was afraid to suffer, but because his hour was not come. And He who knew how to deliver himself, knows how to deliver the godly our of their temptations, and to make a way for them to escape. Persecutors may drive Christ and his gospel our of their own city or country, but they cannot drive him or it out of the world. When we know Christ by faith in our hearts, we find all that the Scripture saith of him is true.
Abey's John Chapter 10 comment about verse 8 on 2/26/2014, 5:34am...
All that ever came before me Denotes the whole of past ARE Thieves Robbers Denotes the present This can be only refer to the various beliefs since the fall of man for all those beliefs were attributed to some god or other to says the gods to say all other beliefs by their gods against the belief in the God of Abraham through His covenant Christ
Raji Hassan's John Chapter 10 comment about verse 30 on 2/04/2014, 10:01am...
Jesus is not Godhead.neither the Holy Spirit,HE is the Son of the Living God(GODHEAD OR GOD THE FATHER)
Bill's John Chapter 10 comment about verse 18 on 2/02/2014, 8:13am...
It was not the Jews....though they said...His blood be upon us...No man could take His life. As in Job, unless God expressly allowed it...."...save his life", is what he told Satan. Just who do you think is in charge of this world and that which is to come? This commandment received from His Father....that settles the matter. He took on the sins of the whole world...that is why whosoever trusts in Him has eternal life.
Faithfull's John Chapter 10 comment about verse 12 on 1/11/2014, 4:32pm...
the hireling is the paid pastors, Them who preach only for the money! The sheep are the Faithful congregations of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ. The Pastors for hire flee when they see the Wolf coming. The Wolf catches the Pastors for Hire, & the Believers in Christ Scatter. (The Wolf is one of the ruling 7 Kings of the Dragon the Antichrist & the Beast with 10 toes
Bwale Mutanuka's John Chapter 10 comment about verse 10 on 12/12/2013, 3:37am...
We have to be very careful because the enemy really wants to trap many people and let them go to hell fire so it is vital for us to look up to God for he came to give us abundant life
Adeniyan Tolulope C's John Chapter 10 comment about verse 10 on 12/08/2013, 4:11am...
No matter what the thief might have stolen,destroy in your life,if you still have your life and know God,HE will give you those good things that has been stolen more abundantly and the things that has been destroyed HE will build again if we will listen and appreciate HIM that when there is life,there is hope.I LOVE GOD!
Layne's John Chapter 10 comment about verse 34 on 12/03/2013, 9:45am...
I believe it is what it says. Jesus is telling us that we are all Gods.
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