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.
Consult other comments:
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.