John 10:10 Commentary - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary
1) "The thief cometh not,'' (ho kleptes ouk erchetai) ''The thief comes not," approaches not of his own choice, of his own nature and design, except for three ulterior purposes of selfish, covetous, personal profit or aggrandizement, at the expense of the sheep and the flock.
2) "But for to steal," (ei me hina klepse) "Except in order that he may steal," seize with stealth that which belongs to another, not for sacrificial purpose for another, for which Jesus came, as the lamb of God, Joh 1:29; 2Co 5:21.
3) "And to kill," (kai thuse) "And in order that he may kill," slay the sheep, cause him to die in his own blood, to waste the life and pasture of the sheep.
4) "And to destroy:" (kai apolese) ''And in order that he may destroy," for destructive purposes, to mangle and tear, to render helpless and useless to the shepherd, after his stealing into the flock, Mat 7:15-20; Act 20:27-29.
5) "I am come that they might have life," (ego elthon hina zoen echosin) "I am come (by my own choice) in order that they may have life," eternal life, unceasing spiritual life,'' eternal life, unceasing spiritual life, and the food that sustains it, Joh 6:33; Joh 10:28; Joh 11:25; Joh 14:6; As a Shepherd, none of His sheep shall want or lack anything to sustain them in Him, Psa 23:1.
6) "And that they might have it more abundantly." (kai perisson echosin) "And in order that they may have life more abundantly," both now and hereafter, all needed to sustain this life, in excess of physical life. For this life more abundant, through the spirit, shall be quickened in the resurrection, for eternity, in a body that pleases the Master, Rom 8:11; 1Co 15:38; 1Co 15:41-42; 1Jn 3:2. It is an abundant or "surplus life," in what it provides for the saved, more than enough to meet every soul need. God shed this life on us through Jesus Christ, Tit 3:6.
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Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary
The Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary of the Whole Bible was originally published as a 23-volume set by Albert Garner (principal author) along with J. C. Howes, G.F. Crumley, and Eugene Garner in 1985. The Blessed Hope Foundation has released this digital edition into the public domain.