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    The Shepherd's love and care for the sheep

    From John’s Gospel, we can make the following scriptural statements:

    All that the Father has chosen to be His from eternity, He has given to the Son (John 6:37); and all whom He has given to the Son, the Son knows (John 10:3); and calls (John 10:3-5); and all whom He calls, know Him (John 10:14) and recognize His voice (John 10:4-5) and they come to Him (John 6:37) and follow Him (John 10:4, 27); and the Son lays down His life for His sheep (John 10:11); and He gives them eternal life (John 10:28) and keeps them in the Father’s word (John 17:6), so that not even one of them is lost (John 6:39), to glorify the Son forever (John 17:10). This is the indestructible foundation for an infallible salvation that rebounds in the end to the glory of both the Father and the Son.

    None of Christ’s sheep finally reject His word. Though He allows some of His sheep to resist the word for a long time, never do they reject it finally. Jesus said, “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me.” (John 6:37). What a promise! And what a privilege we have in sharing the Gospel with people, as we witness the Good Shepherd rounding up His sheep. - JS

    Posted by John Samson on June 30, 2011 08:10 AM

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    Thanks for that John. I may use that with minor adaptions.

    I love what you have done here John. Hope you don't mind. I made a slight adaption:

    No one will believe in Jesus Christ unless the Father grants it (John 6:65), and ALL, without exception, whom God grants will believe (John 6:37). In fact the text unambiguously declares that All, without exception whom God draws, will come to Him and all those who come to Him He will resurrect them on the last day (John 6:44 with 37). Further, all whom He has given to the Son, the Son knows by name (John 10:3); and He calls them and they follow (John 10:3-5); and all whom He calls, know Him (John 10:14) and recognize His voice (John 10:4-5); and the Son lays down His life for His sheep (John 10:11) but not the wolves (John 10:26); and He gives the sheep eternal life (John 10:28) and keeps them in the Father’s word to the end (John 17:6), so that not even one of them is lost (John 6:39), in order to glorify the Son forever (John 17:10).

    - John Hendryx, adapted from John Samson.

    Thanks so much for the encouraging words John. I really like your adaptations.

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