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Verses of John 10

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John 10:1 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Our blessed Saviour having in the end of the foregoing chapter upbraided the Pharisees for their blindness and ignorance in the mysteries of religion, notwithstanding the high conceit which they had of their own knowledge, he proceeds in this chapter farther to convince them, that they were blind leaders of the blind, though they thought and looked upon themselves as the only guides and teachers of the people. And in order thereunto, he propounds a parable of the true and false shepherd, which represents a good and bad pastor and teacher, and gives us a fourfold mark and character of a good shepherd.

Observe, 1. The good shepherd enters in by the door, that is, he has his vocation and mission from Christ: he comes into the church regularly, in a right and approved way and manner; not by any clandestine methods, or indirect means. To him the porter openeth; that is, the Holy Spirit, who openeth the hearts of men to receive Jesus Christ and the doctrine of the gospel, which the faithful shepherds deliver in his name, and by authority received from him.

Learn hence, That all faithful pastors have a lawful call to the work of the ministry: they enter by a right door, and execute their trust in a right manner; but such as, without a call from God unwarrantably thrust themselves into the ministry, are no better, nor no other, than thieves and robbers, in God's account.

Observe, 2. Another property of a good shepherd is this, That he calleth his sheep by their names.

This importeth three things:

1. A special love that he bears to them. 2. A special care that he has over them. 3. A particular acquaintance with them,

that he may know how to apply himself suitably to them; which though it be eminently verified in Christ, yet it is the duty of every faithful pastor and under shepherd, in his measure, to labour after.

Observe, 3. The good shepherd leadeth out his sheep into good pastures; that is, he feedeth them with sound doctrine, nourishes them with the word of life.

Whereas the hireling or false shepherd, whatever he may do for his own sake, he has no regard to Jesus Christ, to the honour of this person, to the edification of his church, or the salvation of souls; but his design is to raise and enrich himself, and so he may compass that, he cares not how many souls perish through his neglect.

Observe, 4. The last property of the good shepherd, here mentioned, is this, That he goeth before his sheep, as the shepherd doth before his flock; namely, by a holy life and unblamable conversation: he treads out those steps before the people, which they take in their way towards heaven: And the sheep follow him, and are guided by him: He leadeth out his sheep, and goeth before them, and the sheep follow him; for they know his voice.

Verses of John 10

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John 10:1 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

John 10:1 - The Greek Testament

John 10:1 - Barclay Daily Study Bible

John 10:1 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 10:1 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 10:1 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

John 10:1 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 10:1 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 10:1 - B.H. Carroll's An Interpretation of the English Bible

John 10:1 - Through the Bible Commentary

John 10:1 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 10:1 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

John 10:1 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

John 10:1 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 10:1 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 10:1 - John Darby's Synopsis of the New Testament

John 10:1 - Expositors Bible Commentary

John 10:1 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 10:1 - Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

John 10:1 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 10:1 - Expositor's Dictionary of Text by Robertson

John 10:1 - F. B. Hole's Old and New Testaments Commentary

John 10:1 - F.B. Meyer's Through the Bible Commentary

John 10:1 - Gaebelein's Annotated Bible (Commentary)

John 10:1 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 10:1 - McGarvey and Pendleton Commentaries (New Testament)

John 10:1 - Geneva Bible Notes

John 10:1 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 10:1 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 10:1 - William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament

John 10:1 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

John 10:1 - Grant's Commentary on the Bible

John 10:1 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 10:1 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 10:1 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

John 10:1 - International Critical Commentary New Testament

John 10:1 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

John 10:1 - Commentaries on the New Testament and Prophets

John 10:1 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 10:1 - William Kelly Major Works (New Testament)

John 10:1 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

John 10:1 - A Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, Critical, Doctrinal, and Homiletical by Lange

John 10:1 - Cornelius Lapide Commentary

John 10:1 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

John 10:1 - Neighbour's Wells of Living Water

John 10:1 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

John 10:1 - An Exposition on the Whole Bible

John 10:1 - The People's Bible by Joseph Parker

John 10:1 - Peake's Commentary on the Bible

John 10:1 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

John 10:1 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 10:1 - The Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary Edited by Joseph S. Exell

John 10:1 - The Complete Pulpit Commentary

John 10:1 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 10:1 - The Bible of the Expositor and the Evangelist by Riley

John 10:1 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 10:1 - Ryle's Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

John 10:1 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 10:1 - Scofield Reference Bible Notes

John 10:1 - The Sermon Bible

John 10:1 - Spurgeon's Verse Expositions of the Bible

John 10:1 - Sutcliffe's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 10:1 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 10:1 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 10:1 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

John 10:1 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

John 10:1 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 10:1 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament