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JOHN CHAPTER 10

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1&2 "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber. 2 "But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep.

 

Jn 10,1-16

(225j) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Parables about nurturing the people of God >> Parables about a shepherd and his sheep

(240a) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the knowledge of the kingdom >> Pastor (Shepherd) >> Jesus is the chief shepherd -- These verses teach us that we are little shepherds, while Jesus is the chief shepherd (1Pet 5:4). If there is a chief shepherd, then there are little shepherds. The little shepherds lead the sheep to the great shepherd (Heb 13-20), while the great shepherd leads his flock into all the truth. Jesus said that He was the chief shepherd of the flock and that He was the door of the sheep, who leads His flock into green pastures of truth that extend for miles in every direction, but there are also untruths about God that flow for miles in every direction, depending on which door you enter. Those who are not His sheep enter through the wrong gate that lead to the wrong field, where they eat toxic plants that produce toxic fruit, which poison the ears of their listeners with their toxic heresies, making it nearly impossible for those sheep to hear the voice of the true shepherd.

Jn 10,1-13

(172c) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Tares among the wheat >> Devils among the saints >> Wolves among the sheep – Jesus said that the sheep know His voice, and a stranger they simply will not follow; that is, they know when someone is preaching and teaching amiss. We all have different versions and variations of the Scriptures and sometimes we don’t really know who is right, yet in many instances it doesn’t really matter, since the differences are benign. However, there are other people who teach amiss in ways that are malignant. Genuine Christians recognize this and flee immediately, lest they be seduced. When someone starts teaching amiss on some of the more critical doctrines of the faith, it can cause a state of anxiety in a Christian, especially when there are other people at risk of being seduced by these false teachers, at risk of wandering for years and questioning the voice of the Holy Spirit after they have been deceived. However, the mature Christian really doesn’t have any worries about this, because he knows the voice of his shepherd. He doesn't go around looking for trouble, but when trouble comes to him, he knows it and immediately cuts off the conversation. A spirit has convinced the person who teaches false doctrine, only it wasn’t the Spirit of God.

Jn 10,1-9

(92i) Thy kingdom come >> The narrow way >> What kind of trail is this? >> All other paths are crooked – People are highly religious. When we look around the globe, every nation and culture has its own religion. Jesus said that His Father’s loyal servants worship Him in spirit and truth, suggesting without the Holy Spirit leading us into God's Truth, man’s worship is in vain. Therefore, people who are ignorant of God don’t really want to worship Him, else they would have sought the truth and found it. As it is, they are too busy worshipping their own version of God, which is nothing more than self-worship, the worship of demons. Worshipping God’s nemesis is the opposite of worshipping God. People like to be religious, because it appeases their conscience and makes them look good in society, going to church for the sake of posterity.

(140a) Temple >> Temple made without hands >> Hiding place >> The doorway – The cross depicts the grace of God that Christ has purchased with His own blood, yet this grace is not understood as the indwelling Holy Spirit and subsequent anointing. The cross is the means by which God has bestowed on us His Spirit. Without the cross God could not just hand His Holy Spirit to us; He needed a way to forgive us first and cleans us of our unrighteousness. The Holy Spirit is the very core of the gospel; outside Him there is just religion. The cross happened 2,000 years ago, but the administration of the Spirit is occurring now. The cross acts as a door in an unscalable wall that stands between God and mankind that we might walk through it to the other side, where God is waiting for us. Once we circumvent the wall through the door, this is when the ministry of the Holy Spirit begins. The blood of Jesus has saved us from our sins and eternal damnation, and now the Holy Spirit takes over and saves us throughout our lives as the very substance of eternal life.

(208d) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Salvation verses >> The expectations of God >> God expects us to follow Him – Living for Jesus has no power to forgive sin, but it does provide evidence that we actually believe in Jesus for eternal life. Without living for Him and producing the fruit that Jesus commanded us (see John chapter 15), the Bible teaches that neither do we believe in Him; we are only fooling ourselves. God might be speaking to our hearts, but we are not listening. We are doing our own thing, believing that a set of doctrines can save us. We do not believe in a set of doctrines; we believe in Jesus; there’s a difference. We don’t believe in a phrase or a sentence or a paragraph; we don’t believe in inkblots on a page; we believe in the Son of God, who died for us and was raised on our behalf. We trust Him for eternal life, and for this reason we live for Him, but who would live for inkblots on a page? If someone met Jesus Christ, he would live for Him; we have that opportunity through the Spirit, who has come in place of Christ and dwells in our hearts. He is closer to us and is a better leader than Jesus was to His disciples. Jesus led His disciples’ flesh, whereas the Holy Spirit leads the spirit of man. Those who truly believe in God and are obedient to His call will subject their flesh to the will of His Spirit who dwells in them and follow Christ to eternal life.

Jn 10,1-5

(73e) Authority >> Respect Positions Of Authority >> Respect Jesus’ Authority

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Jn 10-1,2

(5m) Responsibility >> Jesus’ yoke of obedience >> Our obligation to shepherd the flock

(229f) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Kingdom grows by itself >> God causes the growth >> God uses us to cause the growth -- Anyone who enters by the door is a Christian, as one of the sheep of God’s pasture, and Jesus said whoever enters by this door is a shepherd of the sheep. Therefore, all Christians are sheep and shepherds at the same time. That means everyone should be participating in leading God’s flock. Every Christian should be participating in building up the body of Christ and helping establish the truth, but as we know the pastor does the vast majority of this kind of work. While it is essential for every church to have one main shepherd, it should not take away from the fact that Jesus has called all his sheep to become ministers of his people. In most churches the pastor is the only one controlling the word of God. This fact comes from a lack of trust in the sheep on the pastor’s part and from a lack of diligence on the part of the people in seeking and pursuing the truth. Consequently, the pastor is the only shepherd in the Church, but according to this passage of Scripture Jesus didn’t want it to be this way. If we fashioned our churches according to the will of Christ, everyone would be a minister of the congregation, not just cleaning toilets, but having at least partial control over the word of God that is taught and believed in their church! This model would foster trust and diligence in the pastor and parishioners alike. It would foster involvement and hope in the body of Christ in that their efforts to seek the truth would be rewarded by an opportunity to share their faith with their fellow sheep as an ordained liturgy of their religion. Instead, there are no incentives in the Church to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. The current church model causes anyone who desires to be a disciple of Jesus to follow Him alone.

Jn 10-1

(25j) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Thief >> Stealing from God -- This verse goes with verse 10. There are many people in the Church today who have not properly entered the Kingdom of God through the door of Christ, and so what is their motive? Are they innocent? No, they are dangerous to the sheep; Jesus called them wolves! It’s one thing to steal from the saints, but it is quite another to steal from God, and that is what they are doing when they attempt to enter the Kingdom of God by means other than through the door of Christ. Jesus says there is only one motive that a person has for seeking a backdoor to the Kingdom of God, and that is to steal, kill and destroy.

(157g) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of being hell-bound >> Deceiving and being deceived >> Deceiving -- This verse goes with verses 7&8

(160b) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Counterfeit >> Counterfeit God >> Counterfeit spirit

(167b) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Carnality/Secularism (mindset of the world) >> The carnal mind is set on the flesh >> Carnal mind cares only for itself -- This verse goes with verses 10-13. There are some people who want to go to church but don’t want to be Christians; they want to live their lives as lords of their own destiny, but don’t want to repent of their unbelief; they want to make a good showing in the flesh, but don’t want God telling them what to do or how to live, nor do they want the Holy Spirit dwelling in them. They are not contributors but takers, not of material things but of spiritual things, not money but people. They may tithe, but this in no way compensates for the souls they disturb by their fleshly and humanistic philosophies. Eventually they will reveal their hearts and begin to speak what they really believe, which is toxic, dissuading people from the faith, leading them to drop Christianity and be more like themselves, making a token presence in church and living the rest of the week as they please. They are takers and God takes it personally, no matter how many chairs they fold or how much money they give. When people attempt to steal faith from His sheep, they are stealing from God. If any one of His sheep goes astray because of them, there will literally be hell to pay. They would be better off with a giant millstone hung around their necks and cast into the depth of the sea, than to hamper the faith of a single Christian.

(180g) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Wolves steal, kill and destroy >> Wolves have a killer instinct -- This verse goes with verses 7-10. We hear about stranger-danger; such a thing is hardwired into our genetic code; we have an instinct to be afraid of people we don’t know, and that makes for a very disquieting world. It is the very basis of our current isolationist society; the more sinful the world, the more stranger-danger pervades society and the more insolated people get from each other. This deeply affects our psyche; we’re lonely, yet we are afraid. This is the reason people have friends and family around them. Anybody not in their group they don’t trust. It will be nice to be in heaven where stranger-danger doesn’t exist. We will be able to approach anybody without them questioning our motives. When it comes to spiritual stranger-danger, hearing the wrong voices trying to tell us about the truth, this scares the Christian more than the boogieman. Secular stranger-danger is real, but spiritual stranger-danger poses even greater threat.

(180j) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Rebellion >> Rebelling against God’s narrow way >> Rebelling against the ways of God -- This verse goes with verse 8. Which is easier to do, walk through an open door or climb over a wall? Those who try to circumvent God actually work harder than His children who love and obey Him. God is not asking us to do something difficult necessitating a shortcut; Jesus is the shortcut; He is the direct way to God. A line is the shortest distance between two points, those who work for favor with God as opposed to simply believing in Jesus do it with ulterior motives. Those who climb over the wall in search of God are trying to preserve their egos and their control over the situation, whereas the person who believes in Jesus understand that he is too sinful for anyone but Jesus to heal him of his sin. The believer's only input is to accept of the finished work of the cross to suffice God's requirement for his forgiveness. However, those who want to control God’s favor will never find it. They are in rebellion; they don't want to follow Jesus into eternal life; they want to go their own way and do their own thing, and they want to do it their way, but that is unacceptable to God. Believing in the blood of Jesus that was shed for us, we have complete forgiveness of sin, but pride and ego have not been spared. Pride and ego are what worldly people use to live for themselves, but we left ours at the door, so our remaining option is to live for Him who died for us and was raised on our behalf.

(199f) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Rejecting Christ >> Throwing God away >> Rejecting Christ to steal His glory -- This verse goes with verse 8. Jesus said in Jn 14-6, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” People try to get to heaven by various means, some through religion, others attempt to be good enough to be worthy of God. Had Jesus not sacrificed His body on the cross, these may have been viable options, but God has sacrificed His Son for the sake of our forgiveness, and by this we obtain the inheritance of eternal life. Had God not sent His Son to die for our sins, man could have tried to live a good life and used that as their manner of appealing to God for His favor. At least they know God wants them to be good, unlike some religions that call their adherents to murder people. Self-righteous religiosity has good intensions when compared to murderers, but the person who stands before God, having rejected the blood of Jesus as his way of salvation, God will ask the sinner, ‘Where is My Spirit in you?’ Jesus went to the cross for the very purpose of forgiving our sin; all we have to do is acknowledge His sacrifice as full payment of our sin, and God will forgive us and instill His Spirit in us. He will say to them, “Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master” (Mat 25-23). God has created a way of salvation through His Son, and we need to respect that. We need to fear God like we fear a saw blade that is rotating at 1500 rpm. We control whether the saw cuts the board to the correct length or whether it cuts off our hand, and we also control whether God accepts us into heaven or sends us to hell. If we receive Him, He will bless us forever.

Jn 10-2 

(156i) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of salvation >> Confessing Jesus is evidence of salvation -- This verse goes with verse 9

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3-6 "To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 "When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 "A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers." 6 This figure of speech Jesus spoke to them, but they did not understand what those things were which He had been saying to them.

 

Jn 10,3-5

(33j) Gift of God >> God is our Father >> God serves His people who serve Him >> He treats His people with special care -- These verses go with verses 9-11

(93g) Thy kingdom come >> Following Jesus >> Disciples follow Him -- These verses go with verse 27. This passage is saying two things. When we go to church and hear a pastor teaching amiss, we leave and probably never return, and we continue our search for a church that teaches the truth. This passage is also saying that the person we are really following is Jesus. We follow our pastor, because we know he is following Christ. There is nothing wrong with that, but if we rely on the pastor too much, we will come to follow him and discover we have no relationship with God. Following Christ through a pastor’s ministry is like following a friend (Christ) who is driving a second car on the freeway to a specific destination, and then a third car gets between us (the pastor), and eventually in our minds we start following him instead of our friend. That is fine, so long as we keep in mind that the car we are really following is ahead of the one in front of us, but sometimes we forget and just follow the car in front of us. If it exits the freeway and we follow it, we are separated from our friend and get lost, because our friend knew the way and not us. Close as pastor may be to God, no matter how vibrant his ministry, if we follow him instead of Christ, eventually he will lead us astray, because people are full of flaws.

(105j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Led by the Spirit >> To the truth >> Led into the mind of Christ -- These verses go with verse 27. The doorkeeper is the Father in that the Son and the Holy Spirit are already used in this parable, Jesus being the true shepherd who speaks in the voice of the Holy Spirit. The Father thinks exclusively in terms of predestination; He opens the gate for the sheep, predestined to be His children before time began. That indicates how clear God speaks to His people, and how powerfully His voice reverberates in their hearts. It is a voice that causes their entire being to tremble, like the leaves of the quaking aspen in a subtle breeze. We have almost no choice but to follow Jesus by the voice of the Holy Spirit, who together constitute the word of God. We follow the Spirit of Jesus as sheep follow their shepherd. Although we have the choice to disobey God, yet those of His children do not consider falling away from their faith. We all fall in many ways and often disobey our convictions, yet those who belong to Him fulfill the overall message of the Spirit. Before we met Him we were free to sin, but now we have come to know Him and we are free to do His will. We were in bondage to rebellion and to an inability to do His will, but now God has made us willing and able servants of His word.

(106a) Hearing From God (Key verse)

(106c) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Attaining the hearing ear >> Knowing the sound of His voice >> Flowing with the wind of His voice -- These verses go with verse 8. Jesus taught that being intimately acquainted with the voice of the Holy Spirit was interwoven into the very definition of being one of God’s children. He taught that true Christians could not be deceived because they would not listen to the voice of strangers. It is incalculably significant that Jesus stressed having a hearing ear for the Holy Spirit. He never talked to the Pharisees about Him or to the unbelieving Jews, but only to his disciples. The Holy Spirit doesn’t apply to people who don’t believe, but to those who do, Jesus said that He is the beginning and the end of their relationship with God, and He is the central mantelpiece of their faith. We get most of the Bible’s teaching of the Holy Spirit from Jesus Himself, who regularly spoke about Him, not in passing, but as the main thrust of His ministry toward His disciples. Nevertheless, the teaching of the Holy Spirit is mostly lost in the Church, and those churches who do teach the Holy Spirit are misguided about Him apparently by other spirits.

(213j) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> Jesus owns you >> His will becomes our will >> As a master owns a servant -- These verses go with verse 11. The true Christian walks against the grain of this world and follows a voice that is foreign to all those around Him who have denied the Lord and are in bondage to their unbelief. The true Christian is following a Spirit that the world does not understand; we are living a life that is incomprehensible to unbelievers; we are living by faith. To the heathen, the Christian is lost in this world; nevertheless, God calls us to walk with Him in a way that makes perfect sense to the Kingdom of God that He desires to establish on this earth and will establish one day in the Millennium, as a model for His eternal kingdom, where everyone walks by the Spirit as servants of the Most High. The world has a tendency to distrust, fear and war against that which it doesn’t understand; how much more does the world hate that which contradicts and even testifies against its deeds? The true Christian follows the Holy Spirit. We are a peculiar people (1Pet 2-9).

(228g) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> God working in you >> God is working in you to place you in His will >> To lead you in His purpose

Jn 10-4,5

(107j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> The church is of the truth >> God’s people can discern the truth -- These verses go with verses 14&15

(209a) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Personal relationship >> Being married to God >> We go where He goes -- These verses go with verses 27-30

Jn 10-5

(160a) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Counterfeit Christ -- This verse goes with verses 7&8. Talk about cults and those who get caught in them, Jesus said, “A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.” The true children of God might occasionally wander into the wrong church and claim one of the pews as their own for a season, but eventually they will leave, because they do not know the voice of strangers. They will be rescued from the snare of the trapper and like the gazelle that zigs when the predator zags, becoming free from cult mentality. It is truly a sad thing to walk into a church and recognize it as a cult, those who are using the name of Jesus to seduce people for sordid gain. The true children of God will have nothing to do with such ministries, for they know the voice of their Master, and they have familiarized themselves with His freedom, and they know bondage when they see it. They will untie themselves and find those who are free indeed and will join their ministry and celebrate their true faith together.

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7-9 So Jesus said to them again, "Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 "All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. 9 "I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 

 

Jn 10,7-10

(180g) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Wolves >> Wolves steal, kill and destroy >> Wolves have a killer instinct -- These verses go with verses 30-33

Jn 10-7,8

(157g) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of being hell-bound >> Deceiving and being deceived >> Deceiving -- These verses go with verse 12. When God’s people become students of the word, they become impregnable to the deception of liars. We hear about cults and those who flock to them, and we blame the cult leaders, but if the people didn’t follow them, the cults wouldn’t exist. This chapter takes away the excuse of those who join cults, but it also provides an explanation why they are attracted to them, because they are not of His sheep. We expect God to harshly judge cult leaders, and He will, but in fact He will also judge those who follow them. They are the blind leading the blind, but Jesus said of His children that this will not happen to them, for they can intrinsically discern His voice apart from all other spirits. That is an amazing gift, and it is one of the main proofs we have to identify each other as brothers and sisters in Christ, who know and listen to the Spirit of Christ and adhere to the truth. We are attracted to Him, but the world has an aversion to God. Those of the world do everything in their power to avoid Him, and when they hear the truth they stop their ears and run in the opposite direction.

(160a) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Counterfeit Christ -- This verse goes with verses 10-13

Jn 10-8

(106c) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Attaining the hearing ear >> Knowing the sound of His voice >> Flowing with the wind of His voice -- This verse goes with verse 16. Just as the world is deaf to God, so the children of God are deaf to the cunning wolves and false shepherds of this world. We may hear their words, but we disagree with them when they don’t jive with what we know to be true about God. The true sheep may be students of the Scriptures and have learned what the Bible says, but what Jesus is saying is that even before any of His children hear the word of God, they already know what He would say, because God has placed in their hearts the ability to discern truth from error. While they are in the world and making the decision to live for God, they have their ears open and are listening for a specific message that will lead them to the good shepherd, and they are deaf to all other messages. Words that fall from heaven they recognize, but words that are generated from this world they disregard. This is true with all of God’s people.

(180j) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Rebelling against God’s narrow way >> Rebelling against the ways of God -- This verse goes with verse 1

(199f) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Rejecting Christ >> Throwing God away >> Rejecting Christ to steal His glory -- This verse goes with verse 1

Jn 10,9-11

(28h) Gift of God >> God is our advocate >> God protects His people -- These verses go with verses 27-29

(33j) Gift of God >> God is our Father >> God serves His people who serve Him >> He treats His people with special care -- These verses go with verses 14-16. It says that those who enter through the door of Christ are saved, and “they go in and out and find pasture.” We enter through the door, and once inside we go out one pastureland and into another, through endless fields of green grass, which to a sheep is the equivalent heaven. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst” (Jn 6-35). Located inside the door are vast panoramic fields, and we are like sheep whose main interest in life is grazing, but outside the door lies an empty wilderness of pain and the lack of all things spiritual, and we are looking for the exit to be saved from this hostile environment. These luscious fields full of green grass represent spiritual fertility in our relationship with God. Jesus is the door that if we seek God through Him, we will be saved, meaning that if we seek Him by any other means, we will not be saved. Jesus said in Jn 14-6, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” This is a deeply hated verse by many in the world, because it speaks of an exclusive salvation, and people want to feel free to seek God any way they please. This includes not seeking Him at all, as was the case of Israel in the days of Moses, whom God rejected from entering His promise land but made them wander in the desert for forty years, until the whole generation died. Those who were faithful and loved the Lord, like Joshua and Caleb, had to pay the price with those who were evil. Jesus said that if anyone seeks to enter these pasturelands in any way other than through the door, his only intent is to steal, kill and destroy. When the wolf climbs up some other way, he exposes himself as a false shepherd. Sheep follow the True Shepherd, but wolves follow the flock. We know when someone is following the flock instead of the shepherd by their lack of spiritual insight and understanding of the Scriptures.

Jn 10-9

(119e) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Freedom >> Fences of freedom >> Freedom in Christ – What does it mean to go in and out to find pasture, in and out of what? After sheep graze one field, they are led to the next; they go out one pasture and into another. They have a good shepherd that leads them to fresh grass, and He watches over them. Another interpretation of going in and out to find pasture is this: we go in and out of prayer, in and out of the Most Holy Place. We walk past the menorah that hold the seven golden candlesticks that illumine the table of showbread located in the holy place, and proceed to the Golden Altar of Incense, which represents prayer. The veil acts as a fence in front of the Most Holy Place, and the function of prayer leads us behind the veil into the presence of God. The Golden Altar of Incense actually belongs in the Most Holy Place, but it was placed outside the inner sanctum so the priests could tend to it, daily removing the ashes and adding more incense. In the Most Holy Place we come to a revelation of Jesus Christ.

(156i) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of salvation >> Confessing Jesus is evidence of salvation -- This verse goes with verse 2

(210g) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Jesus is our savior >> Jesus is the only savior

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10 "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

 

Jn 10,10-16

(207f) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Salvation verses >> The Kingdom of God >> Children of God’s kingdom

Jn 10,10-13

(160a) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Counterfeit >> Counterfeit God >> Counterfeit Christ -- These verses go with verse 5

(167b) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Carnality/Secularism (mindset of the world) >> The carnal mind is set on the flesh >> Carnal mind cares only for itself -- These verses go with verse 1

Jn l0-10,11

(35k) Gift >> God gives Himself to us >> Gifts from the Holy Spirit >> The gift of life -- These verses go with verses 14-18

Jn 10-10

(25f) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Satan and his children are murderers

(25g) Thief (Key verse)

(25j) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Thief >> Stealing from God -- This verse goes with verse 1. The “Abundant Life” is a phrase that is constantly used in prosperity circles; there are churches that literally bear this name. If we go to prosperity churches or to some Pentecostal churches, we will hear the phrase “abundant life” thrown around like a rag doll, but invariably they are also the ones who steal, kill and destroy. They say God wants us to live an abundant life, and this is invariably interpreted to mean possessions: bigger houses, newer cars, better restaurants…. According to Scripture we know for an absolute fact that God wants us to have an abundant life in heaven, and we also know through Scripture that God has given us this present life as our offering to the Lord. If God gives us the potential to live a life filled with materialism, we are to use that potential as our sacrifice and offer Him all the abundance He has given us, not ten percent of it, but our entire lives. Whatever we have and whatever He gives, we offer it back to Him. This life is our offering, so the more He gives, the more we have to give, only not to charlatans but to God in ways that He would lead us to give. In return, God will give us His life.

(59e) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> Natural life / Eternal life

(157k) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of being hell-bound >> Having a murder spirit

(158a) Works Of The Devil — Key verse for the entire chapter – The works of the devil are in direct opposition to God's commitment of building the righteousness of faith in His people. The inverse relationship of Satan's kingdom against God's truth illustrates the willingness of man's flesh to follow the natural inclinations of his human depravity, leading ultimately to blasphemy and the reprobate mind, securing the souls of men in hell. Within these parameters we see two spiritual kingdoms fiercely engaging in battle with the eternal destiny of mankind in the balance. This chapter outlines the downward spiral of demonic control and helps the reader troubleshoot the glitches of his/her relationship with God. It confirms the significance of putting away sin and cautions the reader that living in rebellion against God can lead to very serious consequences.

(254f) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is the life of the Spirit >> Jesus is the substance of God’s life >> Jesus is the manifestation of God’s life – The “Abundant Life” refers to our relationship with Christ in the Spirit and to the friendships we develop with our fellow brothers and sisters in the faith. The more He gives, the more we have to show our allegiance to Christ and to His coming kingdom, for “you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Col 3-3). If we come into a million dollars, are we supposed to spend it on ourselves? We would be much further ahead if we took the million dollars and found ways of ministering to God with it by helping others; wouldn't that be the reason He gave it to us? All we spend on ourselves is like eating the seed, but all we give to Christ is like sowing the seed, investing our lives into the Kingdom of Heaven. Prosperity teachers will tell us this, but then they tell us that we should give it all to them. No we shouldn't! We are to let God lead us how to invest our resources instead of ingratiating a charlatan. If someone gave us a Bentley, we should sell the Bentley for a fair price and buy a more modest car and invest the left over money into the Kingdom of Heaven. We may need transportation, but we don’t need to drive a Bentley, nor do we need to wear the best clothes or eat the best food or live in a luxurious house; all we really need is enough to live, and that for the purpose of serving Christ. Serving the Lord intrinsically brings joy and all the fruits of the Spirit, so who needs a surplus of all these other things?

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11-13 "I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. 12 "He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 "He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep.

 

Jn 10,11-14

(180cb) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Wolves >> Be shrewd as wolves and more innocent than they appear >> Fighting off wolves with a clever innocence >> Being more bold than their cleverness – It is not always a wolf that is a false shepherd but sometimes it is a hireling. There are many shepherds who are full-blown wolves, but Jesus is saying they don’t have to be wolves to be bad pastors. He defines a hireling as: someone who runs at the threat of danger. A true shepherd will stay and fight the wolf. Take King David, for example; he had good-looking brothers all older than him, and they were distinguished soldiers; people looked up to them and honored them among the great men of Israel, and then there was David, a little shepherd-boy. He spent his days in the field, tending the sheep. What happens to sheep without a shepherd? Sheep need leadership; they are odd that way; all they really know is to follow, and the lead-sheep doesn’t know where it is going. God place David among the sheep to teach him the lessons he would use for the rest of his life as king of Israel. He fought the lion and the bear to protect the sheep, and he killed them both. He was an unsuspecting young lad to look at him, but war was in him. Why did he care so much about the sheep; why did he risk his life for livestock? God was with him, and he fought the wild beasts on principle that if he can beat the lion and the bear, then he can take on any human being who would defy the ranks of Israel. Jesus is the good shepherd; He doesn’t run from the wild animals, representing Satan that would threaten the sheep, and Satan is the one that Jesus came to destroy. Therefore, Jesus is our good shepherd because He defeated our enemy, who defied the ranks of heaven.

Jn 10,11-13

(2d) Responsibility >> Avoid offending God >> Keeping your commitments >> Complete God’s calling in your ministry as Christ did – The problem with cult leaders and hirelings is that they either have never received a calling from God, or they are frivolously throwing it away. And again, the problem with these kind of people in charge of the house of God is that because they are so willing to piddle away their own gifts, they also have no problem with frustrating the gifts of the people in the Church. This is the travesty of it all. The only redeeming fact about hirelings is that they do leave when trouble comes.

Jn 10-11

(34a) Gift of God >> God’s generosity >> Believer owns everything >> Jesus belongs to us – This verse goes with verses 14&15

(35a) Gift of God >> God is willing to Give >> He is generous with the flesh of His Son -- This verse goes with verses 14-18. Jesus prophesied His own death, suggesting that He willingly gave His life and nobody took it from Him or did anything against His will. When Jesus was raised from the dead, He came back as the same person with the same body. He was able to change His appearance, as though things had physically changed about Him since His resurrection, but don’t forget He walked on water prior to the resurrection. Jesus’ appearance in heaven, according to the testimony of John, is nothing like it was in the flesh, for He has since been glorified.

(100j) Thy kingdom come >> Devotion >> In your ministry to God >> Fulfill God’s calling in your life -- This verse goes with verses 17&18

(189i) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Martyr >> Jesus was a martyr -- This verse goes with verse 15. The “old man” (Eph 4-22; KJV) refers to our old ways before we were saved. Since Jesus didn’t need to be saved, he never had an “old man,” but He did have a former manner of life prior to His ministry, and so in that sense He had as it were an “old self.” His version of the old man did not refer to sin, whereas ours does. Jesus in a sense died to His old way of life that He had prior to His ministry; that is, He laid aside His hammer. He once participated in the world; He had a job; He worked for a living; He had all the pressures that revolved around maintaining a career, but He never partook of the world. He put them all away and picked up a new set of circumstances, difficulties and benefits in His ministry, and at the end of His life He literally and physically died for us. Jesus gave His life for us, and now He is calling us to lay down our sinful nature and our sinful ways for His sake and for the sake of our brothers and sisters in the faith.

(192a) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Result of putting off the old man >> Gain by losing >> Life for life >> Losing your life to gain God’s life -- This verse goes with verses 14-18. Jesus laid down His life for us, and now He is calling us to do the same for His name. We must lay down our sinful passions and desires as though we were martyrs. As in Jesus' case, a literal martyr is somebody who is murdered for his faith, but when Paul talks about dying to self in Romans chapter six and seven, he says that we are killing the old man, the sinful person with whom we once identified. A man who martyrs a Christian hates the person he kills, and he hates God, but the person who dies to his sinful nature and to his sinful ways doesn’t hate God, just the opposite; he loves God; and for this reason he puts to death that part of Himself that hates God. The sinful nature of the Christian tries to lead him to commit sin, and so the disciple must put the old man to death, and the method of murder is starvation. The Christian hates his sinful nature and his old ways, which should be incentive enough to die to self. We love the things God loves, and we hate the things He hates; God has given us a hatred for the sin nature that dwells in our flesh and its ways expressed as harmful tendencies and caustic behaviors. Jesus fought His sinful nature all through His life and being God He miraculously never submitted to His flesh’s demands, but remained sinless for the sake of His Father, so when He gave His life a ransom for us, His sacrifice was acceptable. Later, the Father raised Him from the dead, confirming His acceptance of Jesus. Similarly, when we die to self, God will give us a ministry that is symbolic of the resurrection, full of life and Spirit. 

(210b) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Jesus is our sacrifice >> Jesus goes to the cross willingly -- This verse goes with verse 15

(213j) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> Jesus owns you >> His will becomes our will >> As a master owns a servant -- This verse goes with verses 14-16

Jn 10-12,13

(158i) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Divide and conquer >> Division (Cliques) >> Satan is the origin of division – Jesus said that the hireling flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep, but Jesus is not a hired hand but the owner of the ranch. Some ranchers own thousands of livestock, and they can’t afford to let wolves and coyotes kill and eat them, because it just creates more of them, and then he will have a bigger problem on his hands that will eat away at his profits, making it pointless to continue. Therefore, the rancher goes to great pains to protect his sheep, because he has stock in them; they are his investment, whereas the hired hand has not made an investment. He receives his check at the end of the week, and if a wolf comes to take the sheep, the hireling will not risk his life to save it, but turn-tail and run to protect himself. The owner knows everything that is happening on his ranch, and he doesn’t go anywhere without a gun strapped to his hip; so when he sees a wolf, he kills it.

Jn 10-12

(157g) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of being hell-bound >> Deceiving and being deceived >> Deceiving -- This verse goes with verse 1

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14-16 "I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, 15 even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. 16 "I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd.

 

Jn 10,14-18

(35a) Gift of God >> God is willing to Give >> He is generous with the flesh of His Son -- These verses go with verse 11

(35k) Gift >> God gives Himself to us >> Gifts from the Holy Spirit >> The gift of life -- These verses go with verses 27-30

(192a) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Result of putting off the old man >> Gain by losing >> Life for life >> Losing your life to gain God’s life -- These verses go with verse 11

Jn 10,14-16

(33j) Gift of God >> God is our Father >> God serves His people who serve Him >> He treats His people with special care -- These verses go with verses 27-29

(213j) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> Jesus owns you >> His will becomes our will >> As a master owns a servant -- These verses go with verses 3-5

Jn 10-14,15

(34a) Gift of God >> God’s generosity >> Believer owns everything >> Jesus belongs to us – These verses go with verse11. Many of Jesus’ statements the world simply doesn’t understand, except for those who get saved. For them, what he said bears more meaning than anything they know, but without the Holy Spirit His words were as though written in code. The words Jesus spoke to the people of His day were incomprehensible even to His disciples. Pentecost marks the day when His disciples began to understand Him. That is when their eyes were finally opened, and it is by this same Spirit that we too come to know God. This is how Jesus was able to say, “I know My own and My own know Me.” This suggests that knowing God is the most valid proof we have that we are destined for heaven, being better proof than our works, though it is only proof to ourselves and not to anyone else. To others our works are more convincing than our faith that we are the children of God. 

(107j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> The church is of the truth >> God’s people can discern the truth -- These verses go with verses 24-30

(208g) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Personal relationship >> Being the friend of God >> Father & son relationship – We know Jesus the same way that Jesus knew His Father when He walked in the flesh. That is quite a statement! Jesus has had a relationship with His Father throughout all eternity, so in that sense it is not the same, yet there are many similarities to the Holy Spirit interceding for us as He did for Jesus when He lived in the flesh. We are the brothers and sisters of Christ for this reason, but at the same time, because He is our big brother, He treats us as His children. Imagine a son who is seventeen caring for his brothers and sisters four, five and six years old; he would essentially treat them as his own children, being their second father. He would have authority over them, through the family patriarch. He would have his father’s blessing and authority to accomplish whatever was expected of him, so that Jesus is both our brother and our father. Paul alluded to this in Gal 4-6 when he said, “Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!” Sometimes when we spend extensive amounts of time with unbelievers, and we feel our spirit vexed by their unbelief, it reminds us that we are living in a world that has rejected God and it weighs on us until we must cry aloud, “Abba Father!” This cry originates deep within us, the indwelling Holy Spirit indelibly interwoven into us grieving over the world's unbelief. Most People don’t know that this is one of the many unpublished facets of Christian suffering.

Jn 10-15

(189i) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Martyr >> Jesus was a martyr -- This verse goes with verses 17&18

(210b) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Jesus is our sacrifice >> Jesus goes to the cross willingly -- This verse goes with verses 17&18

Jn 10-16

(57f) Paradox >> Opposites >> To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord -- This verses goes with verse 28

(106c) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Attaining the hearing ear >> Knowing the sound of His voice >> Flowing with the wind of His voice -- These verses go with verse 8 This verse goes with verse 27

(210ib) Salvation >> Jews and gentiles are being saved >> Salvation is from the Jews >> Jews are believers >> Jew and Gentile believers are one flock with one shepherd

(118m) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Freedom >> Law of the spirit >> Newness of the spirit transcends oldness of the letter – Jesus merged two flocks into one, the old covenant believers with the new covenant believers, also gentiles with Jews. This convergence has occurred in heaven. The old covenant believes who died in the Lord went to a place called Abraham’s bosom (Lk 16-22), another word for paradise. It is a place that nobody really knows if it was even a place at all, but might have been just a temporary dimension. Jesus, after His death, emptied this dimension of souls and brought them to heaven at his ascension (Eph 4,8-10). From then on, every soul that dies in the Lord will go directly to heaven and join the single sheepfold under His care (2Cor 5-8). The souls of the righteous will hear His voice and follow Him to heaven, and then at the first resurrection He will speak again and this time the bodies of the righteous will hear His voice and come forth, not the same body they had in the flesh, but a spiritual body made of a completely different substance. Resurrection day is when people will receive their spiritual and eternal bodies, for prior to this day mankind has lived in the afterlife merely as spirits. Human souls right now are without form in heaven and in hell, so resurrection day will be a day of jubilation and great joy. There will be a feast called the Marriage Supper of the Lamb on that day, and they will rejoice in taking another big step in finalizing the eternal Kingdom of God.

(211a) Salvation >> Jews and gentiles are being saved >> Gentiles included >> Fellow heirs with Israel (Spiritual Jew) >> We are one in Christ -- Jesus said in Matthew 10-6 that He came for the lost sheep of the house of Israel. His main role was that of the Jewish messiah, but He says here that He has other sheep which are not of this fold, “I must bring them also, and they shall become one flock with one shepherd,” referring to the gentiles. This will be the case in heaven, but He wants it first to happen here on earth, according to the verse we quote every week in our churches, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” There is a prophecy in Romans chapter 11 predicting that Israel will repent of their unbelief in the last days and will accept Jesus as their messiah. When the Jews repent, they will become leaders of a gentile revival. These things will be accomplished before Jesus returns.

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17&18 "For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. 18 "No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father."

 

Jn 10-17,18

(39a) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Resurrection of Jesus Christ

(66e) Authority >> Jesus’ authority >> His position with the Father >> Jesus is under His authority

(71i) Authority >> Ordained by God >> Jesus is ordained by God – Jesus said He had authority to lay down His life and he had authority to take it up again, saying, “This commandment I received from My Father.” This is something Jesus knew in the very depths of His spirit, and this is where we will find our calling. What is it that He is calling us to do? We don’t go into the world looking for it, and we don’t go to our pastor; instead, we go to the very inner sanctum of the new man that God has created in us and we find that knowledge through extended periods in the word of God and prayer as though fishing from a deep well. Once we discover it, the rest is just a matter of stepping into it and focusing all our resources and energy into it. Even then, there is still much soul searching, because He may not want us plunging headfirst into it immediately. Instead, He may call us to allow His revelation to germinate for a season, which may last years as in Jesus’ case. He didn’t step into His purpose the moment He understood it but waited until the time was right; meanwhile God was working with Him to prepare Him for His ministry. This calling on our lives is elusive; it is something that we must search with all our hearts, not something to pursue half-heartedly.

(87g) Thy kingdom come >> Obedience is logical to your spirit >> It makes sense to your spirit to obey God

(100j) Thy kingdom come >> Devotion >> In your ministry to God >> Fulfill God’s calling in your life -- These verses go with verse 11. The vast majority of Christians’ favorite verse is in Eph 2-8,9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” This is what makes us pleasing to God: we have faith in the gracious blood of Jesus that He shed on the cross for us. However, so long as we are still here in the flesh we have a job to do. “Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it” (Col 4-17). There is one other verse that we need to quote, Eph 2-10, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” These good works are our purpose in life. Some think these good works are just an assortment of things we do, like the fairytale of Hansel and Gretel who dropped breadcrumbs to mark the trail so they could find their way back, only for us it is God who lays the breadcrumbs for us to consume along the way, which represent the good works that God has prepared for us beforehand, that we should walk in them. When we look at Jesus, He had a specific purpose, and He is our shining example of the first Christian. This means we too have a specific calling, and to find it is to find our very purpose for being born. We don’t have as great a calling that Jesus had; yet He has something specifically designed for us. If we don’t fulfill our calling, it won’t get done, but if we remain faithful and finish the work that God has prepared for us, it will help build the lattice structure upon which others may continue the work of building the Kingdom of God in the Spirit. God has ordained the cross to be the specific purpose of His Son, likewise God has ordained a specific calling for us too, and it starts with believing in Jesus.

(117h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Eyes of your spirit >> Vision >> Real-eyes God’s purpose >> Understand God’s purpose for your life

(119i) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Curse of sin is broken >> Curse of death is broken

(189i) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Martyr >> Jesus was a martyr -- These verses go with verse 11

(206e) Salvation >> God makes promises on His terms >> Conditions to promises >> Conditions to the love of God >> Conditions to the father’s love – Jesus said, “For this reason the Father loves Me,” meaning, take away the reason and the Father would no longer love Him. That is a conditional statement, but does God have a conditional love? Jesus walked in obedience to His Father, who called Him to give up His life for the sins of the world, and if Jesus didn’t do it, the Father would no longer love Him. So, the Father loved His Son because He was obedient, and Jesus said that our relationship with Him is the same, meaning that our favor with God is based on obedience too, though it is based primarily on faith. Nevertheless, if we choose not to obey Him, things can go really wrong in the spiritual realm. To commit one sin is hardly relevant; to live in sin is not the same. There are lots of people who think they can live any way they want and still go to heaven, but our relationship with God is conditioned on faith at the center bearing the fruit of obedience. Therefore, if we don’t do His will, the faith we are using to get to heaven will dry-up and disappear. How then are we supposed to get to heaven if our means of getting there has died? Jesus said five times in the gospel of John, “He who believes in Me” as the condition of eternal life. What then did Jesus mean by the word “believe”? We believe in Jesus by doing what He said, and what He said was to be born-again and love one another. Consequently, if we don’t believe by obeying Him, we will not see the Kingdom of Heaven (Jn 3-3).

(207i) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Salvation verses >> The Kingdom of God >> Salvation authority of Jesus Christ – Jesus said that He had authority to lay down His life. That is not how His persecutors viewed Him. They didn’t see Him with authority when they were beating Him and nailing Him to a cross. Rather, they saw Him as a person who was robbed of everything He had and was condemned to death, but what they didn’t know was that Jesus was walking in His authority more while they were crucifying Him than He was while He was healing the sick. The very fact that they were persecuting and martyring Him was the very authority by which God had called Him, so when we think that our calling is not working-out for us, because of difficulties and persecution or whatever God has called us to do seems impossible, it is just a matter of applying ourselves and never giving-up, and whatever God has called us to do we will do. No matter what people do to us, they cannot destroy His calling on our lives. The more they fight against us the more God fulfills His calling in our lives. They tried to kill Jesus’ purpose in life, and all they did was fulfill it, so when man makes His attempt to strip us of our calling, we can know for certain that God is in the process of fulfilling it through our enemies, and when they have finished, God will bring out the final product from the tomb. We will be the first to share in its glory, but it is made for everyone.

(210b) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Jesus is our sacrifice >> Jesus goes to the cross willingly -- These verses go with verse 11

(216h) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> Compelled by the Spirit >> Following God in fear of losing the anointing

(247g) Priorities >> God’s priorities >> God’s interests >> God is interested in the cross

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Jn 10-17

(248j) Priorities >> God’ s preeminence >> Values >> The Highest Values >> Top Priority – Jesus said, “For this reason the Father loves Me…” meaning that if Jesus didn’t go to the cross, the Father wouldn’t love Him, depicting the condition of the Father’s love on His Son. The Father loves the Son because He fulfilled His calling in life, He said that He laid down His life that He may take it again. This statement is full of meaning, reaching to the very root of our faith to either deposit a deeper meaning about God or uproot the weeds so He can sow His seed of truth in our prepared soil. We can say the same thing about ourselves that the Father loves us because we fulfilled our calling in life that we received from Him. This suggests that all the other matters pertaining to Christianity are trivial compared to this one; they’re not meaningless, but they are side issues. We have pervasive and continuous sins that we struggle to overcome that often get in the way of our relationship with God and man, but these are not what matter most. We have found victory over certain sins, but our victories are not the main goal either. What was at issue between Jesus and His Father is also at issue with us and Him, that is our purpose and calling in life.


19-26 A division occurred again among the Jews because of these words. 20 Many of them were saying, "He has a demon and is insane. Why do you listen to Him?" 21 Others were saying, "These are not the sayings of one demon-possessed. A demon cannot open the eyes of the blind, can he?" 22 At that time the Feast of the Dedication took place at Jerusalem; 23 it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple in the portico of Solomon. 24 The Jews then gathered around Him, and were saying to Him, "How long will You keep us in suspense ? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly." 25 Jesus answered them, "I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father's name, these testify of Me. 26 "But you do not believe because you are not of My sheep

 

Jn 10,19-21

(65d) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Jesus brings division >> He divides a society along it’s natural fault lines – It was a false argument to say that Jesus was demon-possessed. Why anyone would even come to this conclusion is ridiculous on its face; no one would say that today. Truth was arguing with error, in that one side was absolutely right and the other side was ridiculously wrong, ignoring the fact that Jesus could open the eyes of the blind. These were common folk who were arguing with the Pharisees and had a more valid point than their spiritual leaders, showing that the religious establishment was actually more lost than the people. It showed their loss of control and their loss of authority and respect. Before Jesus came, the people were in the palm of their hand, and it made the religious establishment very wealthy and powerful. Nobody could argue with them, because no one could say with authority the mistakes they were making in their dogma. However, Jesus not only rebuked the Pharisees, He proved to them and everyone within earshot that they were wrong in just about everything they believed, misunderstanding the Scriptures from the beginning to the end and everything in-between.

Jn 10-20

(186b) Works of the devil >> The result of lawlessness >> Blasphemy >> Cursing the Holy Spirit >> Consider the work of the Holy Spirit to be sin -- This verse goes with verses 30-33

Jn 10-21

(146i) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Purpose of Miracles, Signs And Wonders >> Proof that Jesus is the son of God >> That the world may be saved -- This verse goes with verses 37&38

Jn 10,22-27

(223f) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Miss God >> Missing the point >> Miss the meaning of the truth -- Perhaps they would have accepted Him had He remotely resembled their preconceived notions of their messiah, or maybe they just weren’t ready for Him under any circumstances. The biblical definition of their messiah was God in human flesh, so what would He have to look like in order for them to accept Him? They should have known He would come to them as a man, so why was Jesus excluded from the possibility of being their messiah especially after performing so many miracles?

Jn 10,22-26

(19m) Sin >> Nature of sin >> Unwilling to believe >> Spirit of unbelief -- In verse 19 a division arose among the Jews because of the words that Jesus was saying. They were complaining that this man must be demon possessed. Others asked how he could be possessed and open the eyes of the blind. Finally they gathered around him and asked Him how long He planned to keep them in suspense, “If you are the Christ then tell us plainly?” Jesus answered them, I told you and you do not believe.” Jesus never came out and said, ‘I am the Christ!’ Performing so many miracles in the presence of so many people, He shouldn’t need to say that, after His works and His superior teaching and wisdom have spoken for Him. These Jews who were asking this of Him knew he was the Christ. They wanted him to be emphatic about His identity so they could accuse Him of violating their Jewish laws and hand Him over for crucifixion. They had no capacity to believe any truth about God, but planned to use His words against Him. Instead of saying what they wanted to hear Jesus told them, “You do not believe because you are not of my sheep.” They probably had no idea how big of a slap in the face that was and the eternal implications that it bore.

(168k) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world has deaf ears to God >> You cannot hear God while you listen to the devil

(186j) Works of the devil >> The result of lawlessness >> The reprobate >> God’s role in forming a reprobate >> Marked out for destruction

Jn 10,24-30

(107j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> The church is of the truth >> God’s people can discern the truth -- These verses go with verses 4&5

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Jn 10,26-30 

(219a) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> The elect >> Man is a spectator of his own salvation >> God elects us through His sovereign will – Man is a spectator of his own salvation in that God elects us through His own sovereign will. If we saw some of the people God did not elect, we would think they were incapable of salvation. He doesn’t speak about those He didn’t choose; He only speaks of those He did chooses, making those He didn’t choose “the rest”. It says God chose the twelve from the foundation of the world, so He foreknew them to be the disciples of Jesus. This is how the Bible speaks about God choosing His people, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you” (Jn 15-16); it speaks on an active level. The Father foreknew those who would become the twelve; He then led His Son to choose them from the multitudes. Judas was the Father’s choice along with the other eleven, and Jesus actively picked them from the crowd, and throughout the Scriptures when it speaks about the elect, it was referring much the same way, that God is actively choosing us, and His choice of us begins before birth. He not only molds us, He molds our circumstances, and then prepares us for a moment that was predestined before the foundation of the world, that we should fall on our knees and make a commitment to Jesus Christ to serve Him from now to eternity. We dedicate our lives to serving Him, and that simple act of dedication is enough for God to place His Spirit in us and we are born-again. It is better to dedicate our lives to His service than to ask the Holy Spirit to come and dwell in us, for that is His business, but dedicating our lives to His service is our business.

Jn 10-26

(217j) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> I never knew you >> Because you are not of His sheep – When we look at the Pharisees, the Scribes, the Sadducees, the chief priests, Caiaphas the high priest and all the other spiritual leaders of Israel at the time of Christ, they were some of the most contemptuous people who ever lived, literally incapable of salvation. God didn’t not-choose them; He doesn’t not-choose anybody; He chooses people; there is a difference. Those people were ridiculous; how could God have chosen them? They had separated themselves from God with such a distance that even the godless heathen were nobler. They were supposedly the spiritual leaders of Israel, and Israel was the spiritual nation of the world, making the head in all things pertaining to God so corrupt they couldn't discern their Messiah as He stood in front of them, let alone lead the world to Christ. It was a shame what happened to Israel and to the Jews, or perhaps the better word is “sham”. The gospel then chose the gentiles, which three hundred years later mutated into the Catholic Church, who claimed to be the only true Church, and that all other sects were heretical, and they became just as corrupt as the Jews. The Catholic faith states a deep contempt for the Jews, and so again we must borrow from the sayings of Paul, “Therefore you have no excuse, everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things” (Rom 2-1). This is the running theme throughout the generations for centuries upon centuries; those who condemn others condemn themselves for practicing the same things they detest in others. This is why Jesus taught us not to hate or judge anybody, so their sins would not become our sins.

 

27-29 "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. 29 "My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand.

 

Jn 10,27-30

(35k) Gift >> God gives Himself to us >> Gifts from the Holy Spirit >> The gift of life -- These verses go with verses 10&11

(114i) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Jesus does God’s work >> All His works are what the Father does

(117f) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Rest in Jesus (Sabbath) >> Rest in His mercy

(205aa) Salvation >> Verses useful in evangelism – One of the better ways to view our lives is to see it in terms of where we would be without Christ. We may have been Christians for thirty years, yet we are still struggling with sin. We jumped off that runaway train long ago and we are on a new course leading to the glory of heaven. The flesh and the spirit are like two trains running parallel to each other with the tracks diverging shortly ahead, and we are on the wrong train and need to make the jump before they separate, representing our natural death. We need to make the jump now while the trains are running together. This is a true analogy of salvation. There may be bumps and scrapes along the way, but the runway train we abandoned is somewhere in a wreckage of twisted metal and smoke by now, and we would have been on it, our lives destroyed. Yes, we still have problems with sin, but not like we did.

(207k) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Salvation verses >> The generosity of God’s salvation >> Salvation is eternal life – Jesus said of His sheep, “No one will snatch them out of My hand,” ‘much less My Father’s hand,’ equating Himself with His Father saying, “I and the Father are one.” By this passage we can see the difference in perspective and ministry between the Father and the Son. We know that Jesus has felt the road under his feet as we have; He took on sinful flesh without ever sinning, and He suffered and died for our sins, and then came back to life and offered us His life that is indestructible that we will enjoy in heaven. We know that Jesus is our brother and that His Father is our Father, who has predestined us to adoption as sons (Eph 5-1). The Father thinks entirely in terms of predestination and foreknowledge, whereas Jesus thinks more on our terms. Jesus submits to His Father, because His Father has everything He needs. Jesus is not the owner of all things; all things belong to the Father, and He has given all things to the Son, and He has turned and given all things to us. We see this hierarchy of authority in heaven, and everything returns to the Father, who is the origin of all things. Jesus was never created; He has always been with the Father in submission to Him, happy with his place as second in command, and the Father is absolutely competent to rule.

(209a) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Personal relationship >> Being married to God >> We go where He goes -- These verses go with verses 4&5

(224f) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Description of heaven >> The joyful kingdom >> We shall always be with the Lord

(228d) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> God working in you >> Comforted >> We are comforted in the presence of God >> God comforts us in His company – For Jesus to say He knows us is to say He doesn’t know everyone, for if He knew everyone, there would be no point in saying He knows certain individuals. He doesn’t know unbelievers, saying to them who come knocking on His door, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Mat 7-23). So Jesus only knows those whom God has given Him; he only prays for those whom God has given Him; that is, He doesn’t pray for the world (Jn 17-9). Jesus never claimed to love the world; instead, He said His Father “so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (Jn 3-16). The Father loves us and sent His Son that we might believe in Him, but if we reject Him, then His love was in vain. The whole point of believing in Jesus is that we might go to heaven at the end of this life, but if we don’t believe in Him, then we can’t go there, because we are not of His sheep. The identifying characteristic of His sheep is that they follow Him wherever He goes. He may lead them in places they don’t desire, but if they will follow Him, Jesus being with them makes it a better place. They will be safe with Him, even if they are martyred for their faith, in that they will rise again in the resurrection.

(244d) Kingdom of God >> The eternal kingdom >> Eternal life of the trinity >> Jesus is the source of eternal life – Jesus’ definition of life goes far beyond mere existence. Hell is a place of merely existing. People in hell want to die and their existence to end, but they can’t die because they already did that, being how they got there in the first place, neither can they say they are alive. In contrast, the Holy Spirit distinguishes us from those who merely exist. If we have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, then we are alive in a spiritual sense, and to have the essence of life flowing in our midst is more significant than being physically alive. The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father (Mat 10-20). Just as we have a spirit, so God has a Spirit who is big enough to encompass the entire creation. The Holy Spirit possesses all the characteristics of God, except of course that which is physical. God will one day give us a spiritual body wherein the spiritual and physical realms are married. In our resurrected bodies we will be alive in ways we cannot now comprehend, and may never fully fathom. Our biology in this life is unfathomable even to biologists who have studied it their entire lives. To this day scientists cannot agree on the point when inert material ends and life begins, let alone know how it works. In other words, they don't have a working definition of biological life. The level of mystery that our biology poses doesn’t hold a candle to the mysteries of the resurrection.

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Jn 10,27-29 

(28h) Gift of God >> God is our advocate >> God protects His people -- These verses go with verses 9-11

(33j) Gift of God >> God is our Father >> God serves His people who serve Him >> He treats His people with special care -- These verses go with verses 3-5

Jn 10-27

(93g) Thy kingdom come >> Following Jesus >> Disciples follow Him -- This verse goes with verses 3-5

(105j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Led by the Spirit >> To the truth >> Led into the mind of Christ -- This verse goes with verses 3-5

(106c) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Attaining the hearing ear >> Knowing the sound of His voice >> Flowing with the wind of His voice – This verse goes with verses 3-5.  The hearing ear is rarely taught in the Church today. There are some who are listening, and they can hear His voice, but they are few in number. Most hand-pick certain passages and throw the rest away, and this how they come to believe in God. They recall their favorite verses to rejuvenate their belief that they are going to heaven, but this is not how to conduct a relationship with God. We don't pick and choose our favorite verses as the only ones that matter to us. Those who do this don’t want a relationship with God; they prefer a relationship with inkblots on a page. When Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice,” it means everyone who cannot hear his voice is not one of His sheep. A person who is born of God is able to hear the voice of the Spirit, and those who have never heard His voice are not born of God. On the day of their salvation they heard the Holy Spirit and followed Him. They got on their knees and dedicated their lives, promising that whatever plans He has for their lives they will see it come to fruition. This is the attitude of salvation; it is the mindset of eternal life, and when we couple that with the hearing ear, we have an obedient child of God.

Jn 10-28

(57f) Paradox >> Opposites >> To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord -- This verses goes with verse 16. We know the word “perish” means die, yet people disagree, saying when a person dies, they go into a sleep-like state and are unconscious of their existence until the resurrection; then they come back to life again. That sounds too much like temporarily perishing, whereas Jesus said they would never perish. Bears hibernate and wake up the next spring to resume their lives, and during that time it is like their life doesn’t exist; they perish for a season, which contradicts what Jesus said. A bear’s life means nothing to himself during his months of hibernation; he grows older, but he does not live or enjoy his life. There are many passages in the Bible that teach when a believer dies, his soul goes directly to heaven. Jesus said of Lazarus, “I go, so that I may awaken him out of sleep” (Jn 11-11). The disciples pressed Him, and finally He said, “Lazarus is dead.” This happened before Jesus’ resurrection, when everything changed. Before the resurrection and ascension of Christ, there was a place called Abraham’s bosom, where people who died in faith went instead of heaven, but it doesn’t say they slept the whole time. Their salvation had not yet been paid, and so they were not allowed in the presence of God, for they had not yet been made perfect (Heb 12-23). After Jesus rose from the dead and ascended to the Father, he brought with Him a host of captives and gave gifts to men (Eph 4-8). That is, He emptied the chamber of Abraham’s bosom and brought the people to heaven with Him. Now when a person dies in faith, he goes directly to heaven.

Jn 10-29

(214a) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> Jesus owns you >> God owns everything

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30&31 "I and the Father are one." 31 The Jews picked up stones again to stone Him.

 

Jn 10,30-39

(62n) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Righteous deception >> Jesus deceives the world -- They still had stones in their hands, when Jesus said to them, “Has it not been written in your law, ‘I said you are gods?’” Jesus took this Old Testament verse completely out of context, essentially saying, ‘If your Old Testament calls you gods (and the Scriptures cannot be broken), then why do you say I am blaspheming when I say I am the Son of God?’ On the one hand, Jesus was comparing His divinity to man's sinful nature, and of course there is no comparison. On the other hand, He was comparing His flesh to the flesh of all other men, and of course they were exactly the same. Nevertheless, Jesus was being a little deceitful about this. Ps 82-6 did not exactly say that men are like God. In the resurrection of the righteous God will raise His children who will resemble Himself, but they will be miles from being anywhere near the status and power of almighty God. This is a debatable point and some may disagree, since we will receive great power and authority in our resurrected bodies, but to compare God to the children of God is a little too much like being compared to Lucifer. He was great and mighty before he fell, but when God took away his glory, he was reduced to an exhaled balloon. Therefore, we will be great only because God has made us great, but who has made God great? No one! He stands alone without help from anyone. This is the difference between God and man, and that difference represents the level of deceit Jesus proposed to His enemies to avoid trouble. Now we are at a fork in the road. We must either call Jesus a deceiver or redefine our concept of deception. I think it would be wise to redefine “deception.” People are deceptive based on their intent, not so much based on the words themselves. Jesus told a half-truth here to avoid being stoned by men of wicked intent. For them, virtually everything they said was a lie, because their hearts were deceitful, but Jesus couldn’t lie, because his heart was true. Jesus lied to His enemies so they wouldn’t kill Him before the time.

Jn 10,30-38

(62b) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Responding cleverly to your enemies >> Lie to them – When we take a hard look at this passage and see what is really happening here, we have no choice but to come to the conclusion that Jesus was not being 100 percent honest with His enemies who wanted to kill Him. Jesus had to think fast on His feet or they would have stoned Him on the spot, and faced the consequences later with the Romans. He was giving Himself a little more time before His actual death, not wanting to go at the hands of a few, who would have construed the story of what really happened. He wanted all Israel to call for His execution, for Israel represented all nations. It wasn’t Israel but mankind rejecting the Son of God by evidence of the world rejecting the gospel, except for a remnant.

Jn 10,30-33

(170c) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Seeking the glory of man >> Pursuing the glory of man turns us in the wrong direction >> Fighting God to keep the glory of man – Those in their right mind believed in Jesus, suggesting that the rest who did not believe in Him were not in their right mind. Jesus could not do the works of God and then speak lies. Had Jesus been a liar, God would not have used Him, but the fact that God did use Him proved that Jesus was not lying. The Pharisees refused to believe in Jesus because they wanted to remain the leaders of Israel. Jesus was never going to join their club; they knew the divide between He and them would forever remain; they would never find common ground. If Jesus continued in what He was doing, gaining rapport with the people so that they listened to Him and began to ignore the Pharisees after He repeatedly rebuked them in public, calling them hypocrites and stripping them of their spiritual authority and exposing their business of religion, they would lose their power and prestige in society. As for Israel, it was quite literally instituted as a nation under God through His choice of Abraham. Their belief in God defined them unlike other nations that have a religion aside from their national origin. So, there was no higher place in Israel than to be in a position of spiritual authority.

(177b) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> False doctrine >> Distorting Scripture to avoid the truth -- Just as they were looking for an excuse to hand Him over to the Romans for crucifixion, Jesus gave them a reason through their unbelief, saying “I and the Father are one.” It was amazing that they even knew he was referring to His Father. They didn’t even ask Him to clarify; they just picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus talked His way out of it. At other times they pretended like they didn’t understand, such as earlier in this chapter when they asked Him to speak plainly about Himself. He asked them, “For which good work are you stoning me?” Then the Jews made a tremendous statement, “For a good work we do not stone you, but for blasphemy, being a man you make yourself out to be God.” They automatically assumed He was blaspheming, instead of considering the possibility that a man who could raise the dead and heal the blind could also be one with God.

(180g) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Wolves >> Wolves steal, kill and destroy >> Wolves have a killer instinct -- These verses go with verse 1

(186b) Works of the devil >> The result of lawlessness >> Blasphemy >> Cursing the Holy Spirit >> Consider the work of the Holy Spirit to be sin -- These verses go with verse 20

(253d) Trinity >> Relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is equal with the Father >> Jesus has all the internal qualities of the Father >> Jesus is the exact representation of the Father – We can talk to Jehovah Witnesses or Mormons or anybody in a cult who doesn’t believe Jesus is God, and they will fabricate a different meaning of this statement, “I and the Father are one.” They will say that Jesus and His Father were united but not equal. Contrary to their beliefs, Jesus is not part of God’s creation but has always existed with the Father as a constituent of the Godhead. The Father and Son are one in the sense of being equal, except that the Father is in authority over the Son, just as the husband is over the wife though they are one flesh. In heaven there will be the Marriage Supper of the Lamb where the Church will be married to Christ, and we will have the same relationship with He and His Father. When Jesus said, “I and the Father are one,” He meant it in two ways, that He is in unity with His Father and that they are intrinsically the same. However, there are differences between the Father and the Son, such as that God is the final authority of all things and that He is omniscient and omnipotent, whereas Jesus is under submission to the Father, but Jesus is a greater servant restoring His equality with God.

(255i) Trinity >> Father, Son and Holy Spirit >> Three in one >> God is one – If Jesus were allowed to continue this conversation, He possibly would have told them what He told Judas Iscariot after he denied being the devil, “You have said it yourself” (Mat 26-25). The Pharisees denied Jesus’ divinity and in the process confessed His divinity. Try to imagine a man who would say things in attempt to convince others that he was God. This has actually happened many times, and often these imposters have received a following, showing man’s gullibility and willingness to believe a lie over the truth. Meanwhile, Jesus was God and very few believed in Him. Based on the Pharisees’ reaction, Jesus told them things that only God could say about Himself. This very same scenario occurred at the end of chapter eight; the Pharisees picked up stones to throw at Him and He ran for his life. They would have been totally justified in everything they said and did to Jesus had He not been God. They would have been Israel’s shining stars, protecting the people from false prophets had Jesus not been God. This is what Saul was doing before he met Jesus on the road to Damascus; he rounded up Christians and threw them in prison awaiting sentence for the capital crime of believing in Jesus. The Pharisees would have been Israel’s heroes, except for one thing: Jesus asked them, “I showed you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?”

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Jn 10,31-33

(176i) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Zeal without knowledge (Spirit w/o the word) >> Passion without principles – Jesus quoted Psalms 86-6, “I said, ‘You are gods…’” stopping there, but the verse continues, “…Nevertheless you will die like men and fall like any one of the princes.” We need to start at the Old Testament and understand what this verse means. According to the context of the Old Testament, mankind was indeed made in the image of God, but we by no means cast an image of God in our reflection, for we are utterly depraved, having a body of sin that is destined for the grave. In verse 33 the Pharisees said to Jesus, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God.” They wanted to stone Him right then and there, which would have been a crime according to the Romans; most likely they would have been crucified for it, but they were so mad they were ready to sacrifice their lives to stone Jesus to maintain a sense of justice in Israel according to their interpretation of the law of Moses, indicating the level of devotion to their beliefs and how much they hated Jesus.

(195d) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Idolatry >> Serving two masters (destroying your conscience) >> You cannot serve righteousness and sin together – Jesus made them realize they were about to stone Him for doing good, so what does that make them? Not even psychopaths want to believe they are evil. There was no evil they could name against Jesus, and the Jews could not stone an innocent man. In the end it was their own conscience that kept them from killing Him, that and knowing Roman law, that they would have crucified them for it. The Jews had to think of a way to believe there was good reason they should stone Jesus, and that gave Him just enough time to find an escape route and fled their grasp. It was critical of the Jews and Pharisees to justify themselves, because in their hypocritical minds, they could not live with an evil conscience knowing they had committed a sin. Some may be surprised to hear that the Pharisees had a conscience, because they acted like they didn’t have one. They were extremely conscientious people, though; the problem was, they had manipulated their conscience for so long and in so many ways and for the sake of so much evil that it was no longer God’s property anymore, but they confiscated it at an early age, so that it no longer condemned them for evil according to God’s view, but according to their own view of evil. They determined what was right and wrong and what was good and evil, and to do that, they had to misinterpret almost every verse in the Bible in order to preserve their adaptation of truth. In other words they hijacked their own conscience, but that does negate the fact that they had one, so they had to give Jesus an answer before they could stone Him.

 

32-34 Jesus answered them, "I showed you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?" 33 The Jews answered Him, "For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God." 34 Jesus answered them, "Has it not been written in your Law, 'I SAID, YOU ARE GODS '?

 

Jn 10-32,33

(241h) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Persecution to the death >> Kill Jesus because of who He is – Jesus did what His Father commanded of Him; He performed signs, wonders and miracles, and the Pharisees wanted to kill Him because, ‘He was making Himself out to be God.’ The Pharisees conveniently set aside all the things they refused to acknowledge about Him, blocking them from their minds and emphasizing the parts they wanted to believe. They isolated His works from His words that only God could claim and looked at the weakness of Jesus’ flesh. The very works of the Father that Jesus performed are what ‘made Himself out to be God.’ What condemned the Pharisees most was the fact that they could not recognize the word of God in Jesus’ mouth. He combined the works of His Father with His words, presented them both together, and His enemies were unwilling to see and hear that His divinity was completely validated.

Jn 10-32

(63k) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Sarcasm >> Answering a fool according to his folly – Jesus verbally slapped the Jews in the face when He asked them this question, requiring from them a reason for murdering Him, and their conscience had to meet His request, because their Old Testament Scriptures did not allow a man to die without a proper trial (Numbers 35,22-24), much less without a reason. They were bound by their perverted interpretation of the Law, not by their demon-controlled logic that drove them to want to kill Jesus in the first place. He asked them an impossible question, one that cut them to the quick and revealed their insanity, and their answer was, “…because you make yourself out to be God.” According to Jewish law, it was a crime to confess to be the Son of God, unless of course you were the Son of God. Had He made this confession, they would have stoned Him on the spot, probably at the cost of their own lives, for they were under Roman rule and they did not permit the Jews to pass sentence against anyone according to their own law, especially without a court hearing. Therefore, if Jesus was playing chess with these guys, His question was checkmate. He never confessed to be the Son of God to them, but the Pharisees were well aware of the miracles Jesus performed that would have led a sane person to the right conclusion, but these were not sane people.

(185d) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Mystery of lawlessness >> Denying Christ in spite of His proven identity – All the Old Testament prophecies about the coming age are in reference to the Millennium, which is still to come. Had Jesus delivered Israel from their enemies and ushering in the age of Millennium, making Israel greater than the empire of King David, becoming the capital of the world so that all nations came and worshipped God at their altar, they would have received Him as their Messiah in a flash and given Him any title He wanted, even the Son of God. However, because He came to spiritually deliver Israel from sin, they wanted nothing to do with Him. They didn’t even like Him. He was their Messiah, and they knew it, and they hated Him, because He would not give them what they wanted, all of which pertained to this world, and God sent His Son to reveal that there is something fatally wrong with the world.

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Jn 10,33-36

(244a) Kingdom of God >> The eternal kingdom >> There shall be no end to his increase >> The Church shall reign with Christ forever

Jn 10,34-36

(59f) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> We are gods as created in His image / Jesus is God’s Son, creator of any so-called god – Had God allowed the Jews to stone His Son that day, the historical significance of Jesus’ death would have been lost, and the Pharisees would have been hailed as the good-guys who sacrificed their lives for the cause of “justice.” It would have been a complete disaster. In order to stop them Jesus had to come up with something quick, because they accused Him of being the Son of God. This is something He hid under His hat for this very reason, because the Jews did not accept Him, even though He fit the definition of their highly anticipated Messiah. Besides, He didn’t expect Israel to accept Him, since He came to die for their sins, not to deliver them from their enemies. When Jesus said, “Has it not been written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’?” He was telling them they were like gods, comparing them with Himself as the Son of God, but there was no comparison. That is, Jesus literally deceived His enemies by that comparison, and He did it on purpose to get out of trouble. Essentially, He lied to them, taking liberties with the Scriptures, tickling their pride, which is a surefire way of stroking narcissistic egos like the Pharisees, who merely used their faith in God as a front to obtain fame and fortune, reminding them that the Scriptures cannot be broken to strengthen His point. Was this ethical of Jesus lying to His enemies? How did He explain it to His Father? Wasn’t it a sin? The Bible says that Jesus was without sin, so what He said to them was not a sin, though it was a lie, suggesting that not all lying is sinful. Jesus was keeping on track with His Father’s agenda, defining His motive, and motive is everything when it comes to sin. Essentially, Jesus used the word of God in a way not so different from Lucifer against Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden; the only difference was motive. Parents routinely lie to their children for their own good, but if their lies cover their sin, then lying adds to their guilt. They are not seeking God’s will but their own selfish interests, and this is what makes lying evil.

(70ja) Authority >> Believer’s authority >> We have been given authority over all creation >> We are the children of God >> We have a place on His throne – The Father has no intension of withholding anything from His Son, and the Son has no intension of withholding anything from us. When God said He created us in His image (Genesis 1-26,27), most people figure it means we look like Him somehow. We may look like Him in some ways, but to be made in His image has ramifications that virtually will never end, and when we couple that with the statement Paul made in Eph 2-6,7 that He “raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus,” we start getting a clearer picture of God’s purpose for us. He seated us on His very throne, and it says repeatedly throughout the Scriptures that we were created for the express purpose of wielding His authority. We will reign with Him. How this will actually materialize is not something we can fully know with much detail at this time, but we do know that we are not going to reign over each other. God did not create a people and then die for them just so they can reign over themselves. In the transfiguration (Lk 9-28,29), For Jesus to show the disciples His glory was to show them the glory that they too will receive.


35-42 "If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken ), 36 o you say of Him, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, 'You are blaspheming,' because I said, 'I am the Son of God '? 37 "If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; 38 but if I do them, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father." 39 Therefore they were seeking again to seize Him, and He eluded their grasp. 40 And He went away again beyond the Jordan to the place where John was first baptizing, and He was staying there. 41 Many came to Him and were saying, "While John performed no sign, yet everything John said about this man was true." 42 Many believed in Him there.

 

Jn 10-35,36 

(191h) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Result of putting off the old man >> Set apart >> God sanctifies us through His calling

Jn 10-35

(152h) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> Witnesses of the father >> Prophets >> Jesus is a prophet >> Jesus prophesies about the fulfillment of Scripture

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Jn 10-37,38

(20e) Sin >> Nature of sin >> Having a hardened heart – What are the works of the Father but the miracles, signs and wonders that He performed, along with the word He spoke to them. Jesus was saying, 'If you don’t believe My words, then believe My works, for both originated from My Father.' His words and His works were one and the same. To believe in His signs, wonders and miracles was to believe in His word, and to believe in His word was to believe in their confirmation of signs, wonders and miracles. It is also fair to say that if we believe in the truth, God will allow us to perform signs, wonders and miracles too, as confirmation of our faith in the truth. The two of them act as one; they are a package deal. This suggests that the reason the Church is missing signs, wonders and miracles is that the truth is missing; therefore, if we replace the truth, signs, wonders and miracles will return. As it is, people don’t believe in the truth because of a hardened heart. The truth demands humility and submission to God in order to understand it, let alone to obey it. At the center of hardness of heart is pride and arrogance, the desire to be first and the desire to be adored, instead of worshipping God. They didn’t want to believe in Jesus because they knew God would demand their sinful nature be sacrificed and put under constraint, and they were seeking freedom to live and walk in their sinful flesh, and they were seeking truth that corresponded with this. Jesus came opposing their belief systems, and they resisted Him on every level, because they didn’t want their sinful ways to die, so they hardened their hearts against the word of God, even to the point of refusing to acknowledge the signs, wonders and miracles that He performed in their very presence. That is an abrupt rejection of reality.

(146i) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Purpose of Miracles, Signs And Wonders >> Proof that Jesus is the son of God >> That the world may be saved -- These verses go with verse 21. Jesus said, “If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe me.” He was explaining the reason he performed miracles in the first place. He didn’t perform miracles for the blind man or for Lazarus who had died. Jesus performed miracles for His own reasons, so that people would believe that He was their Messiah. Sometimes people seek God for healing and they don’t get it, and they blame God for not helping them or the sick person for having no faith. Sometimes we don’t receive our healing, because there would be no divine purpose in it. God doesn’t heal us for no reason; He has a purpose for everything he does. Jesus performed his miracles as a way of proving His identity as the Son of God, saying, ‘If you don’t believe my words, then believe my works.’ Jesus made it very simple for His people to believe in Him, but they still would not believe. An endtime revival is scheduled to occur in the last days, and God will set His seal on it by performing many miracles to prove that this revival is from God.

(149h) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Evangelism >> Authority of the rhema given to evangelism >> Preaching the gospel by the power of God

(231c) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Mystery of godliness >> God’s grace is the mystery of godliness >> God working in you is a mystery

Jn 10-39

(28l) Gift of God >> God is our advocate >> Father protects His Son

(89f) Thy kingdom come >> Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom >> Deeds of wisdom

(214d) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> God’s timing >> God’s timing transcends our comprehension >> No one can interrupt God’s timing

Jn 10,40-42

(8h) Responsibility >> Preparing to interact with God >> Preparing for revival

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