~ 3 Doors of John 10 ~
The Key Passage ~ Jesus said, “‘Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.’ Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them. Then Jesus said to them again, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. 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 kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly’” (John 10:1-10). Jesus makes it clear here and elsewhere that He is the only door to salvation (John 14:6).
The Door Of The Shepherd (by which the Shepherd enters) ~ Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber” (John 10:1). The true shepherd comes into the sheepfold by the door.
The Door Of Salvation (to enter for salvation and liberty) ~ Jesus said, “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved” (John 10:9a). The door of salvation is open for any person to enter.
The Door Of The Sheep (through which the sheep are led out) ~ “Then Jesus said to them again, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep … I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture’” (John 10:7, 9). Once you are part of His flock the sheepfold door allows you to enjoy greater privileges.
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW
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