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A parable is not for argument or for tug of war. God will not force people to understand. If you have ear to hear, then you hear; if you have eyes to see, then you see; if you do not have them, you are free to make up your own interpretation. If you are his sheep, you will see him, hear him, and follow him. If you do not follow him, you do not belong to him, and you will not understand him. Then you will become as a wise and prudent lawyer, who will argue your cases very efficiently. But it does not matter how well you argue; the fact is, you cannot follow him. "John 10:6 This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them." As usual, they did not understand the parable. When he was a man, he explained the parables to his disciples. After his resurrection, the Holy Ghost explains his mysteries to them through the holy spirit. But common believers could not understand them without a teacher. One more important point that we all must remember is this. God the Word became flesh as in John 1:14, who is 100% man. In this period, one person in God became a man. And so, in this period, he was no more God. As a man, he spoke as master to his disciples, but not as God to his sheep. But he said at that time; "I am the Son of God, I am the bread of life, I am the light of life, I am the way, I am the life, I am the truth, I am the door, I am the good shepherd, I am the true vine, and so on." Please notice; these were not referred to him while he was a man; if it was, these could have ended when the man Jesus died; but he was talking prophetically about him at his future, after his resurrection. Now for the last 2000 years, it applies to him; Jesus Christ is full God, he is in God, and he is one with God. This is the truth. But Christians think that even now Jesus is the venerated Man God.
We all have a body, and a body have three parts intertwined to each other as one body. They are, (1) Brain with nerves extending all over the body. (2) Heart and lunges with blood vessels extending all over the body. And (3) Muscles and bones extending all over the body, holding our structure, and showing itself as a human. When we see a person at work, all three parts of the body work together as one, under the direction of the brain. So also, the three persons in God intertwined each other, and they are in one Spirit body as one God. God the Father instructs as the brain does, God the Holy Ghost gives power as the heart does, and God the Son does the Job, as the body does. We say that Jesus Christ saves us, he redeems us, and so on. Even though it is true, God the Father and the Holy Ghost work in sync with Jesus Christ. God is three persons in one Spirit. "John 4:24 says God is a Spirit:" This is not the doctrine of trinity; but it is according to the Bible. "1 Corinthians 11:3 says the head of Christ is God." That is, God the Father is the head, or he is the brain of the Spirit body. "1 John 5:7 there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." Three Soul persons are in this one Spirit. So, God is three souls in one Spirit body, as brain, heart, and muscles. They do everything as one person. We have two hands and two legs, but we do not do things as four persons, but as one person. But Christians are ignorant about this. They do not realize that God the Father who has planned and created the universe, also has planned the salvation of people. He is the one, who sent Jesus to die on the cross for us, and he is also the one who sent the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ to turn us away from our sins and to save us. The three persons in one Spirit God, works in unison as one person in all things. We must know this. To know more, please use this link: "God is 3 Souls in 1 Spirit." Christians must not forget this verse; "1 John 5:7 there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." Please remember that all parable has mystery, and it will mislead you also, if you are not humble. God is three persons for interior functions, as brain, heart and lungs, and muscles and bones. But, for exterior performances, like creation and salvation, God is one Spirit. Please remember that in all performances, even if one of the persons is mentioned, all the three work together as one Spirit. That is, if Jesus is the Savior, God the Father and God the Holy Ghost are also saving us with Jesus. They all work in unity and they work together.
"John 10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber." Here the sheepfold is where the sheep of God gather. Sheepfold is the body of Christ, which is the true spiritual church. We all know that the door is Jesus. But it will apply to the Holy Ghost also, since the sheep go through the baptism of the Holy Ghost. But thief and robber will not go through the door, which is Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost, instead they jump over the wall, that is, they use another Jesus and the powers of the devil. Jesus calls them as false Christs and false prophets. They do signs and miracles by the power of the devil. They are the celebrity preachers of Christians. If you like to study about another Jesus and false Christ, it is in this link: "Was it by another Jesus, or by false Christs?" "2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep." It is an easy one; that is, the shepherd is Jesus Christ. "3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out." The porter that opens the door is God the Father, you may remember that Jesus asked the Father, and the Father sent the Holy Ghost. Through the ministry of the Holy Ghost, Jesus Christ leads his sheep. The sheep hear his voice, and the shepherd calls them by name. It shows the intimate relationship between the sheep and the shepherd. This sheep will not need a celebrity broker to get to Jesus Christ. "4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. 5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers." The sheep follow the true shepherd, and the true sheep will run away from any celebrity; they are all strangers.
"7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep." This is the repetition; Jesus teaches this to his disciples again, and we have covered this already. "8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them." Jesus did not refer the old testament saints here; but they are celebrities, false preachers, and deceivers, who run ahead of God. Jesus calls them as robbers and thieves, and the true sheep will not follow them. "9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture." Enter in and out refers to the baptism of the Holy Ghost and receiving gifts of God, and they will settle in the body of Christ. They have pastures; means mysteries are revealed to them. "10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." Satan will kill their spirit by deception, and Jesus gives them life. If we abide in God, we receive abundance of spirit to grow to the fullness of even Jesus Christ. "11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep." We all know this. "12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. 13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep." Two kinds of false preachers are mentioned here. One is hireling; they are pastors of local churches. They preach sermons, do ceremonies, rituals, and such things in church, for salary. When celebrity preachers come, with their campaigns of advertisements and their battalion crew, these hireling pastors will hide, or waging their tails somewhere. The celebrities are wolves; they get all their bounties and then they go.
"14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine." This is the intimate relationship between the sheep and the Shepherd. It is the spiritual reality in personal experiences of matured believers in the body of Christ. True sheep know their Shepherd, and the Shepherd knows the sheep. The ministry of Jesus Christ is personal, it is one to one, and God is with his people. God gives fivefold ministry to his church. However, God and people are together. "15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep." How much close are the shepherd and his sheep; he says that it is as close as he and his Father; and Jesus proved it by laying his life down for his sheep. Until his death, the ministry of Jesus was limited to the Jews, within the limits of the law; but to change the law and to establish the second covenant; and he did that. After his resurrection, he came to his disciples and gave the great commission, to teach all nations. "16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd." So, for the last two thousand years, whoever listen to his voice and follow him, from any nation will be his sheep. So, let us preach the gospel, follow him as his sheep, and we will be with him in heaven.
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