I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way is a thief and a robber. The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. John 10:1-2
Jesus wants to make sure that all who are listening to Him—all who are aware of His presence and His miracles and His claims to be Messiah, His claims to be the “Son of Man” —understand clearly that Jesus alone has exclusive, sovereign authority to give eternal life…and yet Jesus excludes no one from that offer if that person will turn to Him in faith and repentance and choose to follow Him!
We need to be on our guard from any and every one who comes to teach us—to gather us as his or her sheep—and yet professes anything other than Jesus Christ as the only way to eternal life. It is not by good works that we receive the gift of eternal life. It is not by strict adherence to even the most pious, holy, righteous and good religious practices that we receive the gift of eternal life. It is not by working out some good karma so that we will be aptly rewarded with the gift of eternal life in ultimate peace. Only through Jesus is eternal life, eternal peace…and being in the eternal, loving presence of the LORD Most High possible!
If we are putting our faith in any of these other teachers and their teachings then we are trusting in thiefs, robbers…liars and killers.
Jesus Christ is both our gate and our shepherd—and He alone is the One who enters into our lives with The Truth…and offers us eternal life.
In love, peace and purposeful passion, Sylane