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WHY WAS JESUS CONCERNED THAT HIS SHEEP COULD LEAVE HIS FOLD AND GO AFTER A STRANGER?
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!
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