WHY WAS JESUS CONCERNED THAT HIS SHEEP COULD LEAVE HIS FOLD AND GO AFTER A STRANGER?
by Mike Mwongela on 02 Oct, 2015 08:51
John 10: 4-5 ~~~ "And when He putteth forth his own sheep, He continually goes before them, and the continually sheep follow him: for they are continually knowing His voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers."
(1). He knew that even after regeneration each believer still had to contend with their indwelling sin nature (Mt. 6:24; Rom. 6:16). (2). He knew that men and women are so infatuated with their idols that their hearts would be prone to wander (1 Jn. 5:21; Mt. 24:48-51). (3). He knew that there would be those who would actually forsake Him and no longer walk with Him (Jn. 6:66). (4). He knew that some would eventually prefer the pleasures of this life more than Him (2 Tim. 4:10). (5). He knew that some would actually fall away because of tribulation and persecution (Mt. 13:20-21). (6). He knew that in the last days the love of many shall wax cold because of iniquity [selfishness] and that their hearts would fail because of fear hat is triggered by global and celestial cataclysms (Mt. 24:12; Lk. 21:26). (7). It was Jesus Himself who said that if we deny Him He will deny us (Mt. 10:33; 2 Tim. 2:12-13). Only those who continually "hear His voice" [PRESENT TENSE] and remain "abiding in Him" (1 Jn. 2:28; Jn. 15:5; 2 Jn. 9) will not follow a stranger.. (Jn. 10:4-5; Rev. 2:7). If any of us abandon the Cross as our exclusive object of faith for salvation, and for daily life, we have departed from the Living God (Heb. 3:12; 10:29). Be blessed, Shalom!
by Lions123 on 29 Sep, 2017 15:45
That is a great scripture
by Joo on 28 Jan, 2018 15:46
I hope this is not about loosing salvation. A believer can go astray but cannot loose his or her salvation. If the Holy Spirit lives in you, itís impossible to sake him off, you didnít put him there in the first place. If you stray, your conscience will not let you live in sin for too long.