John Lesson 14 Day 2 ~ John 10:1-6
3 — a. The Good Shepherd
Jesus is the true, Good Shepherd—the gate into the sheep pen.
The shepherd is the protector and provider—the doorkeeper who opens the gate. He calls his sheep by name because he knows they listen. He leads them out to pasture. He doesn’t drive them, he leads them be walking in front of them.
The sheep are mature believers who know, trust and follow their shepherd. (Lambs are babies who follow their parents—those who disciple them.)
Sheep recognize the voice of their shepherd and know his call. They follow the shepherd because they know he is trustworthy.
False shepherds are strangers to the sheep. They gain entrance illegally, avoiding the door and climbing in another way. Thieves and robbers.
They aren’t protectors and providers. They are greedy takers.
The Pharisees (see chapter 9) were up to no good. They insisted their embellished version of the law was the way to God. Their way excluded the love of God and his desire for relationship.
b. Jesus Christ is the gate.
The Pharisees insisted they were keepers of the gate—their lineage and their version of the law.
The Bible, as well as current observation, is full of examples where believers have heard the wrong voice and have been led into error. Either we have to say any Christian who has mistaken Satan’s voice for God’s leading was not a true sheep or this has to be explained as in note 3 at John 10:3. (See question 4 a. below) God speaks to our spirits, but our minds are not always listening. Likewise, Satan speaks to our minds, but our spirits are never listening. Our born-again spirits know all things (1 Corinthians 2:16, Colossians 3:10, and 1 John 2:20) and cannot sin (1 John 3:9). Our born-again spirits will never listen to the voice of a stranger. Therefore, if we would just walk in the spirit, we would not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16). Andrew Wommack
4 — a. The Shepherd’s voice
God speaks to our inner person (spirit), and our inner person hears Him. The problem comes when we aren’t sensitive to or controlled by our spirits but are walking in the vanity of our minds (Ephesians 4:17-18). The Bible calls this walking in the flesh instead of the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-18). Andrew Wommack
God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit communicate in many ways. Most often, I see pictures, often moving pictures while awake or in dreams. When He wants me to do something or teach me something, I see myself doing it, or I see an illustration. I believe it’s the Shepherd because the pictures seem random. And they disrupt my train of thought.
b. A recent instance helped me grasp the idea of oneness—
I am in Him, and He is in me. John 14:20
Someone suggested we try to visualize Jesus with us all day. So one day when I went for a walk, I tried to picture Jesus walking beside me, holding my hand.
The next day, I tried it again. Immediately, I saw one set of footsteps. Not like the poem Footprints in the Sand. Jesus wasn’t carrying me. He was—and is—in me. And I was—and am—in him. Thus, one set of footsteps.
MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on John Lesson 14 Day 2 ~ John 10:1-6