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.

Consult other comments:

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

John 10:10 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John 10:10 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

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

John 10:10 - Gnomon of the New Testament

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

John 10:10 - The Great Texts of the Bible

John 10:10 - Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae (Old and New Testaments)

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

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

John 10:10 - Church Pulpit Commentary

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

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

John 10:10 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

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

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

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

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

John 10:10 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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

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

John 10:10 - Combined Bible Commentary

Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary