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.
John Ritter's John Chapter 10 comment on 9/07/2014, 10:04pm...
sherif mohamad john chap 10 read 10 33 you do not know the true God. I pray for you Jesus is God.
Zanele's John Chapter 10 comment about verse 39 on 8/28/2014, 7:47am...
He assumed His Official Position of being God, and entered into glory such that they could not even see Him, and saying He escaped is an under statement, I think He walked away from them. He entered into His God the Son position. Nobody can handle God.
Zanele's John Chapter 10 comment about verse 39 on 8/28/2014, 7:39am...
He assumed His Official Position of being God and escaped from them, to prove the statement He had said earlier that even their law stated that they are gods. I think they could not even see Him passing because they were a mob and would have not been unable to catch one man, many as they were. He was invisible like Enoch of old whom we are told he went with the Lord until he was nomore.
Gabriel odum's John Chapter 10 comment about verse 9 on 8/26/2014, 7:08am...
I believe that going and out represents activity, ie, the effort the believer has to make in order to know the truth that is able to save his soul. Eg, personal study of the word, going tn a true church, praying for the help of tge holy spirit etc. Truth is not found on the sufface of the ground but must be fetched from the deppest well.
Chris's John Chapter 10 comment about verse 34 on 8/12/2014, 8:40am...
I believe that Jesus is reminding us all that we are all Gods because we are all of the spirit of the creator...there can be nothing else but the creator in all that is created.There is only One and all that exists is a part of that...many facets of the same thing. We have forgotten our true identity.
Calisto otieno oriato's John Chapter 10 comment about verse 10 on 8/10/2014, 1:06am...
This is the verse i was preached to and i got salvation instantly. Amalgamated together with Jeremiah 29 11. Very powerful that every born again christian should crave to read.
Sherif mohamad's John Chapter 10 comment on 8/04/2014, 4:56pm...
I and the father are one does not mean that Jesus is GOD...You took this out of context...you need to read from verse 23 30....what he ment is they are ONE in purpose ...read Mark 12 v 29 when Jesus said " The LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD " and that is the FIRST OF ALL COMMANDMANTS " . And when he returns back, He will tell people like you who used to call him LORD and used say that he is GOD READ THIS Matthew ch 7 v 22 23......22. Many will say to me in that day, LORD, LORD, have w not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? verse 23 And I will profess unto them, I never knew you depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Inquity means twisting the word and GOD 'S LAWS.... LIKE YOU GUYS SAYING THAT JESUS IS GOD OR HE IS THE SON OF GOD..JESUS NEVER SAID THAT he is GOD NOR did he say he is the son of GOD, and he never said " WORSHIP ME " .
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