John 10:17 Commentary - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary
1) "Therefore doth my Father love me," (dia touto me ho pater agapa) "On account of this the Father loves me," Joh 5:20; Eph 5:2; Php_2:9. Because I am the: 1) Good Shepherd, Joh 10:11; Joh 10:14; John 2) The Great Shepherd, Heb 13:20; Hebrews , 3) The Chief Shepherd, 1Pe 5:1-4; the door (the entrance) for salvation and service into the sheepfold, the church or house of God, that Jesus built, in this age and of Israel and the church of the millennial age, Heb 3:1-3; 1Ti 3:15.
2) "Because I lay down my life," (hoti ego tithemi ten psuchen mou) "Because I lay down my soul-life of my own accord," not by force but voluntarily, Isa 53:7-12; Heb 2:9; Php_2:6-8; Luk 23:46. None took it from Him, except He willed to yield to the time and the method of His departure from life.
3) "That I might take it again." (hina palin labo auten) "in order that I may receive or take it again," for Himself and also to receive the Spiritual, eternal bliss of His redeemed in their resurrection bodies, like His one day, 1Jn 3:2; Mat 26:32; Php_3:20-21.
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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.