John 10 Teaching

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Published on: June 2, 2006

I find it hard to believe the responses when I ask someone to explain how the following verses can mean ANYTHING other than the fact that there is a causal relationship between being a sheep and believing/not believing. Don’t jump to John 3:16 or 2 Peter 3:9 or anything else that is not the immediate context.

John 10:24-28 (NASB95)

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.

27 “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.

New American Standard Bible : 1995 update. 1995. LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

The context is specifically salvation and belief versus non-belief. Jews want Christ to tell them plainly whether He is the messiah. Jesus says that He did tell them because the works He performed show that He is the messiah. Then Jesus says the problem is not that they lack a clear statement by Christ but that, despite seeing the works they do not believe. He then says specifically WHY they don’t believe…. because they are not of His sheep. The Jesus contrasts their unbelief with the characteristics of the sheep. He tells us six things about the sheep.

1. they hear Christ’s voice
2. they follow Him
3. He knows them (keep in mind that the people who think they did things in Jesus’ name but were false professors Jesus said He never knew)
4. they are given eternal life
5. they NEVER perish
6. no one can snatch them out of Christ’s hand

So, this is very simple and plain if we allow the text to speak rather than importing some other concept into the text. Being a sheep is the cause of and NOT the effect of believing. The sheep WILL believe and WILL receive eternal life (aka be saved). Besides KOF’s assertion that the sheep somehow became sheep by going through Christ when the text SPECIFICALLY that they are already sheep when they hear His voice in the first place, nobody has even tried to show how these verses do not teach what us reformed folk say it does.

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  1. Earl says:

    Excellent analysis.

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