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John 10:1 Commentary - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

THE GOOD SHEPHERD, v. 1-21 (See Ps 231-6; Heb 13:20; 1Pe 5:4)

1) "Verily, verily, I say unto you," (amen, amen, lego humin) "Truly, truly, I tell you all," all who were listening, inclusive of John, the writer, but chiefly directed at the unbelieving Jews who continually carped, criticized, and found fault with Jesus and His church disciples who followed Him, Joh 9:19; Joh 21:24. Jesus proceeded to contrast the Pharisees' harsh treatment of the man born blind with His compassion for the fallen and afflicted.

2) "He that entereth not by the door," (ho me eiserchomenos dia tes thuras) "The one who does not enter through the door," or find salvation by coming to me by faith. For Jesus is the door, the entrance to salvation, and a position of Divine worship and service, and as in the ark of Noah, there is but one door, Gen 6:16; Gen 7:16; Joh 14:6.

3) "Into the sheepfold," leis ten aulen ton probaton) ''Into the fold of the sheep," the place of care, provision, and place of following the Shepherd. The sheepfold of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, is the church, also called His house, 1Ti 3:15; Heb 3:1-6.

4) ''But climbeth up some other way," (alla anabainon allachomen) "But is continually ascending or going up by another way," trying to acquire salvation and find a place of following the Shepherd, by neither going through Him for salvation nor entering into His New Covenant fellowship of church worship and service. These Jewish rulers sought the pay and the power of their positions more than the care of the sheep.

5) "The same is a thief and a robber." (ekeinos kleptes estin kai lestes) "That one is (exists as) a thief and a robber," Joh 9:8, or as a thug and a bandit. The idea is that a sinner who tries to gain acceptance into favor with God by any means other than through Jesus Christ, "the door" Joh 9:9, is acting like a thug and a bandit. And the very Pharisees and Jews who listened were attempting to get into God's good graces, to acquire Salvation and acceptable service through Moses' law, while rejecting Him. They were more interested in the fleece than the flock, as thieves. And today any sinner, religious or irreligious sinner, who tries to get into salvation, a state of Divine security from hell and service to God through good works, reformation, baptism, communion, or church membership, while rejecting the shed blood of Jesus Christ, by faith, is still like a thief and a robber, a thug or a bandit, Joh 14:6; Act 4:12, Rom 1:16.

Consult other comments:

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

Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary