John 10:9 Commentary - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

1) "I am the door," (ho ego eimi he thura) "I am (exist as) the door," Joh 10:1-2; Joh 10:7, the entrance, the access-to salvation, security, eternal life, life beyond this, as the one door to Noah's Ark was not only salvation from destruction by the flood, but also transport to new life and a new beginning on earth, Gen 6:16; Gen 7:16; He is not "a door" but "the only door," Joh 8:24; Act 4:12.

2) "By me if any man enter in," (di emou ean tis eiselthe)."If anyone enters through me," through the door, doesn't get into the sheepfold (the church) Joh 10:1, some other way, climbing over, digging under, or digging through, in some cheating, lying manner, as Judas Iscariot did, as a baptized, ordained, covetous, selfish cheat, Joh 6:64; Joh 12:4-6, Our Lord said, have not ''I chosen twelve of you and one of you is a devil?"

3) "He shall be saved," (sothesetai) "He will be saved or delivered," by me and by no other, Act 4:12; Act 10:43; Rom 1:16. He will be safe from the consequences of judgement for his sins, because Jesus has borne them, Isa 53:1-12; 2Co 5:21; 1Pe 2:24.

4) "And shall go in and out," (kai eiseleusetai kai ekseleusetai) "And he will go in and go out," of the sheepfold or from the sheepfold, in fellowship assembly, for prayer, worship, praise, and study, and out to the fields to feast on God's daily goodness, let His light shine, and bear witness of Him, Heb 10:24-25; Mat 5:15-16; Joh 15:16; Joh 15:27; Act 1:6.

5) "And find pasture." (kai nomen heuresei) "And he will find pasture," daily food, manna from on high, doing daily tasks, being doers of the Word, praying, "give us this day our daily bread," etc. Mat 6:11; Jas 1:22; Jas 1:27; Php_4:19.


I read a story the other day of some Russians crossing wide plains studded over here and there with forests. The wolves were out, the horses were rushing forward madly, the travelers could hear the baying; and, though the horses tore along with all speed, yet the wolves were fast behind, and they only escaped as we say, "by the skin of their teeth,'' managing just to get inside some hut that stood in the road, and to shut the door. Then they heard the wolves leap on the roof, they could hear them dash against the sides of the hut; they could hear them gnawing at the door, and the howling, and making all sorts of dismal noises; but the travelers were safe, because they had entered in by the door, and the door was shut. Now, when a man is in Christ, he can hear, as it were, the devils howling like wolves, all fierce and hungry for him; and his own sins, like wolves, are seeking to drag him down to destruction. But he has got in to Christ, and that is such a shelter that all the devils in the world, if they were to come at once, could not start a single beam of that eternal refuge: it must stand fast, though the earth and heaven should pass away.

- Spurgeon.

The phrase "to go in and out,'' is a common Old Testament expression denoting free activity of daily life and service, Num 27:15-21, Deu 28:6; Psa 121:8; Jer 37:4.

Consult other comments:

John 10:9 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

John 10:9 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 10:9 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 10:9 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 10:9 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 10:9 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 10:9 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

John 10:9 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 10:9 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 10:9 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 10:9 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 10:9 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 10:9 - Geneva Bible Notes

John 10:9 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 10:9 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 10:9 - Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae (Old and New Testaments)

John 10:9 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 10:9 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

John 10:9 - Expositions Of Holy Scripture by Alexander MacLaren

John 10:9 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

John 10:9 - Church Pulpit Commentary

John 10:9 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

John 10:9 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 10:9 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 10:9 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 10:9 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 10:9 - Scofield Reference Bible Notes

John 10:9 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 10:9 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 10:9 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 10:9 - Combined Bible Commentary

Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary