Without the Gatekeeper, we could never meet or recognize the Shepherd.
10:1-3 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.”
These three verses should bring some questions to the inquiring mind.
Who is a thief and a robber?
Well in fact on the day Jesus was speaking these words, he was speaking of the scribe and Pharisees, the religious teachers of the day. It was the scribes and Pharisees who were at that time keeping God’s flock from the true scriptures and teaching them their own views and interpretations of the scriptures which would later be collected and printed in a collection of books called the Talmud. They did not teach the Word of God as handed down by Moses and the prophets, but they taught a word that fit their lifestyle and interests, a word that justified themselves and condemned all others, a word that totally excluded the Gentiles from salvation. To them, the Gentiles were no better than dogs.
But the term “thieves and robbers” has a much larger connotation. It not only applies to the scribes and Pharisees but it applies today to any priest, ministers, pastors, of whatever church or denomination who would teach false doctrine. What is false doctrine? Any word contrary to the Word of God as taught by Moses and the prophets and the writers of the New Testament. God tells us in His Holy Scriptures that,
2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”
Gal 1:8 “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” Anyone who teaches anything other than what is contrary to the Holy Bible is cursed by God. They are “thieves and robbers”.
And a further bit of scripture here that will help clarify;
Rev 22: 18-19 “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
To Jesus, to Jesus and the Words of Jesus, “the gatekeeper opens.”
But who is the gatekeeper?
I take this from John Gills commentary on John;
John 10:3 “There is nothing in the explanation of this parable given by Christ, that directs to the sense of this clause; the allusion cannot be, as some have thought, to great men, who have porters at their gates, to open them, and let in persons that come and knock; since the parable is concerning the sheepfold, and the shepherd, and the sheep that go into it; and therefore must refer to one that at least, at certain times, stood by the door of the sheepfold, and had the care of it, and opened it upon proper occasions: by whom is designed not Michael the Archangel, nor the Virgin Mary, nor Peter, the supposed doorkeeper of heaven, as say the Papists, nor Moses, as others, who wrote of Christ; nor does it seem so well to understand it of the ministers of the Gospel, who preach Jesus Christ, and open the door of faith, or set open the door of the Gospel, whereby Christ comes into the souls of men, and they come to him; though this is a sense not to be despised; but rather this intends God the Father, from whom Christ, as man and Mediator, derives his authority, and by whom he is let into, and invested with his office, as the shepherd of the sheep; or else the Holy Spirit, who opens the everlasting floors of the hearts of men, of Christ’s sheep, and lets him in unto them.” (from John Gill’s Exposition of the Old and New Testaments)
“And the sheep hear his voice.” The sheep hear the voice of Jesus as presented in the Gospels. Whether from faithful ministers of the Word or from the Holy Spirit through the Word, from the study of the Scriptures with the leading of the Holy Spirit and Christ dwelling in them; the sheep hear His voice and respond and follow Him. They trust Him and they obey Him only.
But for the electing grace of God, this would be impossible. Dead in sins man cannot hear the voice of God because he hates it, it is the last thing in the world man desires to hear. This is why we run from the Word of God the Bible until God opens the door of our heart, until God gives us faith to believe.
Eph 1-10 “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
Brother’s and sister’s in Christ do not hear just anyone’s voice, do not believe anyone’s words that are contrary to what is revealed in the Holy Bible, but believe the Words that come from God, the Words in the Holy Scriptures, the Words that are inspired by the Holy Spirit and are the power of God unto salvation in Jesus Christ the one and only Savior.
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