The Christian's salvation
is one hundred percent God's work. Man does not
contribute anything to it. Our salvation is based
upon the completed work of Jesus Christ on the
cross. His resurrection proves His sacrifice for our
sins was acceptable to God the Father. We come with
no merits, no good virtue, or anything that would
make us look good in God's eyes. We are helpless
sinners, dead in trespasses and sins. We come with
empty hands to receive God's free gift of eternal
life. It is God's free grace received through faith
in Christ alone. Saved by grace will be our theme
throughout eternity. Because it is His work that
saves, we can have complete assurance that He will
finish what He began in us.
Jesus was walking around
under the covered colonnade or portico of Solomon's
porch at the Temple complex in Jerusalem. This part
of the temple was not damaged by the Babylonian's
and survived until the destruction of the temple by
Titus in A.D. 70. The event takes place near the end
of Jesus' public ministry. The hostile Jewish
religious leaders circled up around Jesus, and
closed Him in. They hemmed Him in. They had received
a stinging rebuke by Jesus when He taught the
allegory of the Good Shepherd (John 10:1-19). "How
long will you keep us in suspense?" They wanted to
know if Jesus was the Messiah and if so tell us
plainly. However, Jesus makes it very plain that
only the "sheep" can recognize the Messiah.
"At that time the Feast
of the Dedication took place at Jerusalem; it was
winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple in the
portico of Solomon. 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.' 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. But you do not believe
because you are not of My sheep. My sheep hear My
voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I
give eternal life to them, and they will never
perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.
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. I and the Father are one'" (John
10:22-30, NASB95). All Scripture references are of
the New American Standard Bible unless otherwise
Tell us plainly who
The Jewish leaders wanted
answers to their questions about the Messiah. Is
Jesus the Anointed One? Is He the Messiah of Israel?
With their question they were seeking to blame God
for their unbelief. "If You are the Christ, tell us
plainly." They were trying the blame game on Jesus.
You are the reason we cannot believe. The truth is
they had been told everything they needed to know,
but they refused to believe in Him. If they had the
right attitude they would have believed. His
teaching fell on deaf ears. The root of their
problem is "you do not believe."
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" (John
10:25). The Jewish leaders failed to discern that
the works were a witness of His Divine Nature. The
miracles were "signs" that demonstrated His Deity.
The Messiah possessed Deity. The Jewish people,
however, had political and military implications to
the concept of the Messiah, and Jesus carefully
avoided this meaning.
Jesus told Nicodemus, a
Jewish leader and Pharisee, very clearly that He was
the Son of God and that He could give eternal life
to the believer. "For God so loved the world, that
He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes
in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life"
Jesus had been telling
them plainly in John 4:25-26. The Samaritan woman
said to Him, "I know that Messiah is coming (He who
is called Christ); when that One comes, He will
declare all things to us." Jesus said to her, "I who
speak to you am He."
In John 5:24-25 Jesus
spoke to the Jewish leaders who were persecuting
Him. "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My
word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal
life, and does not come into judgment, but has
passed out of death into life. Truly, truly, I say
to you, an hour is coming and now is, when the dead
will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who
hear will live." Jesus gives life and He also has
the authority to execute judgment "because He is the
Son of Man" (vv. 26-27).
Jesus is the living bread
and living water that gives eternal life. "I am the
living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone
eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the
bread also which I will give for the life of the
world is My flesh" (John 6:51). "He who
believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his
innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'
But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who
believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was
not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified"
(John 7:38-39). He is the light of the world in John
8:12. Jesus again spoke to them, saying, "I am
the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not
walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of
life." Jesus was and is the great I AM (John 8:58).
He told the truth when He declared, "I and the
Father are one" (John 10:30).
Jesus said to these
Jewish religious leaders, "If God were your Father,
you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and have
come from God, for I have not even come on My own
initiative, but He sent Me. Why do you not
understand what I am saying? It is because you
cannot hear My word" (John 8:43). They could not
hear His Word because they were spiritually dead in
trespasses and sins. He told them plainly in verse
44, "You are of your father the devil, and you want
to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer
from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth
because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks
a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a
liar and the father of lies." They could not hear
because they were of their father the devil. "He who
is of God hears the words of God; for this reason
you do not hear them, because you are not of God"
Yes, Jesus told them
plainly, but they refused to hear. They had an
They even refused to see
the Father's hand in the "works that I do in My
father's name, these testify of Me" (v. 25). They
drank the wine at the wedding in Cana of Galilee.
"This beginning of His signs Jesus did in Cana of
Galilee, and manifested His glory, and His disciples
believed in Him" (John 2:11). In the Gospel of John
the "signs" are "attesting miracles," or tokens of
divine authority that always point to the
supernatural power of God in redeeming grace. There
are seven of these signs in the Gospel of John.
Nicodemus, the Pharisee a preeminent leader of the
Jewish ruling class, a member of the Sanhedrin, came
to Jesus by night and said, "Rabbi, we know that You
have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do
these signs that You do unless God is with him"
(John 3:2). A royal official whose son was sick to
the point of death in Capernaum saw the hand of God
in the healing of his son (John 4:46-54). John
wrote, "So the father knew that it was at that hour
in which Jesus said to him, 'Your son lives'; and he
himself believed, and his whole household" (John
4:53). The works Jesus did in the Father's name
included the 38 year old lame man who was healed
(John 5:1-18). Jesus said, "My Father is working
until now, and I Myself am working" (v. 17). "But
the testimony which I have is greater than the
testimony of John [the Baptist]; for the works which
the Father has given Me to accomplish—the very works
that I do—testify about Me, that the Father has sent
Me" (John 5:36). The feeding of the 5,000 (John
6:1-14), Jesus walking on water (John 6:16-21)
curing the blind men (John 9:1-41), raising of
Lazarus from the dead (John 11:1-44) all testify to
who Jesus is. All of these "signs" point to
Jesus, the Son of God, with the purpose that all who
believe in Him receive eternal life. All of the
words and works of Jesus were a continuous
affirmation that He is the Anointed One of God, the
It is important to
observe God the Father's sovereign election and
human responsibility in this great teaching of
Jesus. To deny either is to reach a false conclusion
and theological error. Those who listen to the
Shepherd's voice trust and obey Him and follow Him
because they were given and drawn to Him.
You do not believe
because you are not My Sheep.
He cut to the heart of
the issue of unbelief when He said, "But you do not
believe because you are not of My sheep" (John
10:26). This was the whole point of the allegory of
the Good Shepherd. They were the children of the
devil (John 8:43). Saving grace is necessary because
of the radically depraved sinner's inability to
choose God. The reason for their belief is "you are
not My sheep." "But you – you do not believe because
you are not My sheep." Note the emphatic pronoun and
the repetition which places the blame squarely on
them. This is the desperate condition of every lost
sinner apart from Christ. The apostle John made it
very clear in John 3:18. "He who believes in Him is
not judged; he who does not believe has been judged
already, because he has not believed in the name of
the only begotten Son of God."
The "sheep" are God's
elect. Christ's sheep know Him. "I am the good
shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me"
(John 10:14). The Jewish leaders who are attacking
Jesus are wolves in sheep clothing (Matt. 7:15).
Jesus said, "You do not believe because you are not
My sheep." In and of themselves men are unable to
believe. They are dead spiritually (Eph. 2:1-3). The
context makes clear the person believes because he
is one of God's sheep. The elect are going to
believe. If you have believed in Jesus Christ as
your personal Savior it proves that you are of His
elect. God in grace elects them into His kingdom.
They are regenerate, born of God's Spirit. They
choose to believe. "The just shall live by faith."
They respond to God's saving grace. All who are
God's elect come to Him, and none of those who come
are ever lost. Faith is always a gift of God (Eph.
"My sheep hear My
voice" (John 10:26a).
God's elect hear the
voice of the Son. They hear the voice of the
Shepherd and follow Him. They know the sound of His
voice. They belong to the Good Shepherd and respond
to His call. "To him the doorkeeper opens, and the
sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by
name and leads them out. When he puts forth all his
own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him
because they know his voice. . . . I am the good
shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me"
(John 10:3-4, 14).
God gives them the
ability to hear because the Holy Spirit is working
in their heart giving spiritual life. They hear
because of the sovereign grace of God is at work in
Are you one of His sheep?
When did you hear His voice? Peter wrote: " you have
been born again not of seed which is perishable but
imperishable, that is, through the living and
enduring word of God. For, 'All flesh is like grass,
and all its glory like the flower of grass. The
grass withers, and the flower falls off, but the
word of the Lord endures forever.' And this is the
word which was preached to you" (1 Peter 1:23-25).
Did you hear His word and respond to life giving
Word? The apostle Paul wrote: "So faith comes from
hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ" (Romans
"My sheep hear My voice."
When did you hear His voice? What did you do when
you heard it? Did you hear the voice of the sweet
Spirit of God when you heard the good news of
salvation by grace alone through faith alone in
Jesus Christ alone? Jesus said, "My sheep hear My
voice." That voice still pleads: "Whoever will call
upon the name of the LORD will be saved" (Romans
10:13). The message has not changed, "if you confess
with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your
heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall
be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting
in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses,
resulting salvation" (Rom. 10:9-10). Do you hear Him
calling you in those words? I am often asked how you
know you are the elect of God. The answer is very
simple. I responded to His effectual call. I
believed on Him as my Savior. I put my faith and
trust in Him alone for salvation and eternal life.
The great evangelist
George Whitfield said when Jesus called out to
Lazarus in the tomb, Lazarus alone heard His name
called and he responded to the call because God gave
him life, and he rose from the dead. The same thing
happens when a man dead in sin hears the voice of
the Savior calling and gives him eternal life. It is
like raising the dead. God gives spiritual life to
the dead sinner. He hears the Savior's voice and
comes forth. This is the effectual call of God to
the spiritually dead sinner that gives eternal life.
Do you hear and follow? If you are going your own
way you are probably not one of His sheep. Jesus
said, "My sheep hear My voice and follow Me." That
is the way He called His disciples in John chapter
one. His sheep believe and habitually follow Him.
I know My sheep
Jesus knows His sheep. He
calls you by name. That is one of the greatest
comforts I know. My Savior knows my name. Jesus said
in John 10:14, "I am the good shepherd, and I know
My own and My own know Me." "I know by experience My
own, and My own know by experience Me." He knows you
by name, personally for all eternity. My name is
written down in "the book of life." In fact, my name
is "written down from the foundation of the world in
the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain"
(Revelation 13:8; 17:8). The believer's name is
written down because "He chose us in Him before the
foundation of the world, that we should be holy and
blameless before Him" (Ephesians 1:4). Is your name
written down in glory? Have you believed in
Him? Why not trust Him right now as He speaks to
The sheep have an
intimate personal relationship with their Shepherd.
The important emphasis is the knowledge Christ has
of His sheep. "My sheep hear My voice, I know them;
they follow Me." The result of this knowledge is
their habitual following Him.
They follow Me
"My sheep hear My voice,
and I know them, and they follow Me" (John 10:27).
Lenski notes "Hearing the
shepherd's voice is an inward act, following the
shepherd is both inward and outward. . . 'They
follow me.' I call, they come; I choose the path,
they trust and come after; I lead, they are safe in
my care; I command in love, they respond in
obedience and love" (R.C. H. Lenski, The
Interpretation of John, p. 754).
They follow in obedience
to His commands. They follow Him and grow in His
Jesus said, "If you love
Me, you will keep My commandments" (John 14:15).
Jesus answered Judas (not the traitor Iscariot) and
said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My
word; and My Father will love him, and We will come
to him and make Our abode with him. He who does not
love Me does not keep My words; and the word which
you hear is not Mine, but the Father's who sent Me"
The bottom line is if we
love Him we will follow Him in obedience. The proof
of love is obedience. That is where we learn to obey
our Lord. F. F. Bruce observes, "Those who neither
believe nor follow Him show by that very fact that
they do not belong to His own sheep. Not only do His
own sheep recognize His voice; He for His part knows
them—knows them individually, calls them by name
(verse 3)" (The Gospel of John, p. 231).
"I give them
eternal life" (John 10:28a).
Eternal life is His gift
to them. Jesus lays down His life in death so that
His sheep may receive His life. This life is a free
gift, sovereignly bestowed on the believer. It is
not merited or earned. "For the wages of sin is
death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in
Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23). We deserve the
death penalty because we are guilty sinners, but
Jesus paid our debt. "The free gift of God is
eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Eternal life
or salvation to use the apostle Paul's designation
for the same gift is free. It is a gift. You cannot
purchase a gift. You cannot earn a gift. It is
freely given as a gracious gift. The sheep cannot
perish because the Shepherd is eternal. He rose from
the dead; He lives. No true saint of God will
perish. (John 3:16, 36; 5:24; 10:10; Ephesians
2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, etc.) "For this is the will
of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and
believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself
will raise him up on the last day" (John 6:40).
"I give them eternal
life." John uses "life eternal" seventeen times.
This life principle begins in the new birth or
regeneration and makes us alive spiritually. Nothing
dead can give itself life. The Son of God alone
bestows this spiritual life. The Holy Spirit kindles
faith in us. This life is "eternal," and goes on
endlessly unaffected by physical death.
Lenski writes: "This is
the very principle of life which flows from God, is
grounded in God, joins to God, and leads to God.
Born in regeneration, it pulses in every believer,
becomes stronger as faith increases, and reaches its
full flower in the glory of heaven. Temporal death
merely transfers this life from earth to heaven.
Itself invisible, this life manifests itself in a
thousand ways and thus attests its presence and its
power. When the day of glory comes, its
manifestation shall be glorious altogether. No
earthly shepherd is able to give life to his sheep;
Jesus 'gives' life eternal to his sheep. By way of
gift alone this life is ours—free grace alone
bestows it, and by free grace 'without any merit or
worthiness on our part' it is our possession" (R. C.
H. Lenski, The Interpretation of John, p.
A. W. Pink said, "Quite
impossible is it for a sheep to become a goat, for a
man who has been born again to be unborn."
This gift of life is
"eternal," and therefore "shall never perish." Those
to whom Christ gives the gift of "eternal life" will
How long is "eternal
life"? Take the expression exactly as it is written.
Do not read something into it or change it in any
way. "Eternal life" is eternal life. It is eternal;
it is never ending. It is always. It "shall never
perish." It is God's kind of life. They may
backslide, but they will never perish. If you have
eternal life, you have it for all eternity.
F. F. Bruce stresses
"this abundant life is called eternal life" and is
promised to those who believe in the Son (John 3:15,
16, 36; 6:40, 47). "To have eternal life is to live
forever (6:51, 58); negatively expressed, those who
have it 'will never see death' (8:51), 'will never
taste death' (8:52), 'will never die' (11:26) or, as
here, 'will never perish' (apollymi,
passive). Physical life may be destroyed, but those
who are united by faith to the Son of God, those who
belong to the flock of the true Shepherd, can never
lose real life, for He keeps it secure. 'No one,' He
says, 'will snatch them out of My hand'" (The
Gospel of John, p. 232).
When does "eternal life"
begin? It began the moment you were spiritually
regenerated. The moment you believed in Christ you
received eternal life. You either have it or you do
not. "And the testimony is this, that God has given
us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who
has the Son has the life; he who does not have the
Son of God does not have the life. These things I
have written to you who believe in the name of the
Son of God, so that you may know that you have
eternal life" (1 John 5:11-13). You
either have eternal life or you do not have it. You
either have the Son or you do not have Him. You are
His child or you are not His child.
"They shall never
perish" (John 10:28b).
The original is even
stronger. It is a double negative ou me: "they shall
never – not perish, never." ou mē apolōntai eis
ton aiōna ("they will not ever perish") makes
never means to suffer annihilation or cease to
exist. The idea is to be separated from God or to be
punished in hell.
Believers sin, but they
have a perfect Shepherd who never loses a single
sheep. Everything depends on the Shepherd, not the
sheep. Our great Shepherd defends and preserves His
Remember what Jesus told
Peter the night before he denied Jesus three times?
"Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission
to sift you like wheat; but I have prayed for you,
that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you
have turned again, strengthen your brothers" (Luke
22:31-32). Sifted, but not rejected. God
perseveres with His saints. "His gracious power is
all-sufficient to protect every believer forever,"
"No one will snatch
them out of My hand" (John 10:28c).
How big is your God? In
contrast to the ravenous wolves, our Shepherd is
Sovereign. The wolf attacks and snatches away, but
our great Shepherd guards His sheep. Nothing, and no
one can touch His sheep without His permission
No one can "snatch" them
out of our Shepherd's hand. Harpazo has the
idea of violence. Not even a violent snatching can
remove us from the Savior's hand. "Our continuance
in eternal life depends not on our feeble hold on
Christ, but on His firm grip on us. . . . They will
be saved, no matter what earthly disaster may
befall" (Leon Morris, Gospel According to John,
Where are you right now?
You are in the Good Shepherd's hand. He "raised us
up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly
places, in Christ Jesus, in order that in the ages
to come He might show the surpassing riches of His
grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus"
(Ephesians 2:6-7). No one will snatch me out of My
If that were not enough,
now it really gets interesting.
"My Father, who has
given them to Me, is greater than all" (John
"My Father" indicates the
unique sonship of Jesus. Jesus does not say our
Father, but "My Father." "My Father has given them
The believer is a gift
from God the Father to God the Son! "He chose us in
Him before the foundation of the world" and gave us
to His Son (Eph. 1:4a). The believer is the Father's
gift to the Son. You think for one moment He is
going to lose His most precious gift? How much did
He pay for that gift? (cf. 1 Peter 1:18-21)
Jesus said, "All that the
Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who
comes to Me I will certainly not cast out" (John
6:37). "This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of
all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise
it up on the last day" (John 6:39; cf. 17:12; 18:9).
"No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me
draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day"
(John 6:44). True sheep believe and follow the Good
Shepherd because they are given to Him by the
Father. It is all God's supernatural work from
beginning to end (John 1:12-13). Again Jesus said,
"For this is the will of My Father, that everyone
who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have
eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the
last day" (John 6:40). Everyone who has been chosen
by the Father and has been "given" by the Father to
the Son for salvation will believe and be saved.
Those who believe in the Son have eternal life
because the Father gave them to the Son. In our own
personal experience of coming to a saving faith in
Christ Jesus there is the realization that behind
this decision to believe on Christ there is the
mysterious, unseen operation of God the Holy Spirit
and the Father who was drawing us to faith in
Christ. He does a work in our hearts that brings us
to faith in Christ. God the Father puts the yearning
and inclination to come and ability to trust in
Christ as our Savior. It is an act of God the Holy
Spirit in the lost unbelieving sinner that causes
him to trust in Christ.
These verses imply that
no true believer will ever lose his salvation.
Everyone who believes in the Son has eternal life.
If he has received the gift of eternal life he will
continue as a believer until Jesus comes and will
raise him up to be with Him in glory. True believers
are the objects of God's special care and can never
"No one is able to
snatch them out of the Father's hand" (John 10:29b).
I am eternally safe in
the hands of my God and Savior because absolutely no
one is strong enough to snatch me out of the
Father's hand. Where am I? I am secure in the hand
of Jesus and He is in the Father's hand.
Leon Morris notes,
"Notice that the statement here is more far-reaching
than that in the previous verse. There we had a
future, 'no one shall snatch them'; here it is 'no
one is able to snatch them.' This Shepherd is
all-powerful and the sheep in His hand have
mothering to fear" (ibid, p. 522).
A. T. Robertson keenly
observed: "No wolf, no thief, no bandit, no
hireling, no demon, not even the devil can pluck the
sheep out of my hand. Cf. Col. 3:3 (Your life is hid
together with Christ in God). . . . The greatness of
the Father, not of the flock, is the ground of the
safety of the flock. Hence the conclusion that 'no
one is able to snatch them out of the Father's
God the Father "according
to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to
a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus
Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which
is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade
away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected
by the power of God through faith for a salvation
ready to be revealed in the last time" (1 Peter
"The 'hand of Christ' (v.
28) is beneath us, and the 'hand' of the Father is
above us. Thus we are secured between the clasped
hands of Omnipotence!" (A. W. Pink, John's Gospel,
Vol. II, p. 268).
F. F. Bruce reminds us
the apostle Paul expresses this security in the
words: "your life is hid with Christ in God" (Col.
3:3). "God and Christ are together engaged to
protect believers. Whom Christ protects, God
protects; whom Christ keeps in His hand, God keeps
in His, and even if it were (mistakenly) thought
possible to snatch one of Christ's people from His
hand, it is self-evident that no one is powerful
enough to snatch anyone or anything (no object is
expressed) from the hand of God" (ibid, p.
Jesus draws the
conclusion: "I and the Father are one" (John 10:30).
Absolute Deity. We are
sheltered in the omnipotent power, protection and
security of God's eternal purpose. The Holy Trinity
is guarding our eternal salvation. The Father, Son
and Holy Spirit are in complete agreement as to our
eternal salvation. They are not heading off in
different directions. They are one in their eternal
purpose. Saved by grace! The Son and the
Father are two Persons in the Trinity. Jesus is not
saying He and the Father is the same Person as some
"Note how carefully both
the diversity of the persons and the unity of the
essence is expressed here. Jesus says, 'I and the
Father.' Hence, He clearly speaks about two persons.
. . These two persons never become one person.
Hence, Jesus does not say, 'We are one person, but
he says, 'We are one substance. Though two persons,
the two are one substance or essence. . . .Thus in
this passage Jesus affirms His complete equality
with the Father" (William Hendriksen, The Gospel
According to John, vol. II, p. 126).
Here is hope and
assurance for every believer in Jesus Christ.
Because He is the Almighty, no created power is able
to resist Him. The Almighty protects His sheep. This
great teaching of Jesus guarantees the absolute
security of every child of God. A. W. Pink has a
great summary in application for us today. He
suggests "seven strands in the rope which binds them
1. "They are Christ's
sheep, and it is the duty of the shepherd to care
for each of His flock! To suggest that any of
Christ's sheep may be lost is to blaspheme the
2. "'They follow' Christ,
and no exceptions are made; the Lord does not say
they ought to, but declares they do. If the sheep
follow Christ they must reach Heaven, for that is
where the Shepherd is gone!"
3. "To the sheep is
imparted 'eternal life': to speak of eternal life
ending is a contradiction in terms."
4. "This eternal life is
'given' to them: they did nothing to merit it,
consequently they can do nothing to de-merit it."
5. "The Lord Himself
declares that His sheep 'shall never perish,'
consequently the man who declares that it is
possible for a child of God to go to Hell makes God
6. "From the Shepherd's
'hand' none is able to pluck them, hence the Devil
is unable to encompass the destruction of a single
one of them."
7. "Above them is the
Father's 'hand,' hence it is impossible for them to
jump out of the hand of Christ even if they tried
to" (Pink, Gospel of John, Swengel, PA: Bible
Truth Depot, Vol. II, p. 268).
The apostle Paul,
awaiting his execution by the Caesar declared: "For
this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not
ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am
convinced that He is able to guard what I have
entrusted to Him until that day" (2 Timothy 1:12).
The life given to the
sheep is "eternal," and those who receive it shall
"never ever perish." The sheep are eternally secure
in the hands of the Good Shepherd.
Don't presume on your
relationship with Christ. You are not His sheep
unless you hear and respond by following Him. "If
you love Me, keep My commandments."
10:22-30 The Christian's Eternal Security
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