“The Good Shepherd” Pt. 3

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Sermon Outline:

“The Good Shepherd” Pt. 3 – (John 10:19-30)

1. Divine Conviction (v.19-21)
2. Divine Revelation (v.22-25)
3. Divine Reprobation (v.26)
4. Divine Regeneration (v.27a)
5. Divine Adoption (v.27b)
6. Divine Sanctification (v.27c)
7. Divine Salvation (v.28a)
8. Divine Preservation (v.28b-29)
9. Divine Perfection (v.30)

Sermon Text:

John 10:19-30

19 There was again a division among the Jews because of these words. 20 Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?” 21 Others said, “These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”

I and the Father Are One
22 At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. 24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not part of my flock. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, [1] is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

Sermon Notes:

The Eternal Security of Every Believer in Christ Jesus

In seasons of uncertainty we look for the things that cannot be moved; cannot be shaken; cannot be uprooted. Our “constitution” longs to rest upon an assurance that is greater than ourselves; one that is a solid foundation. Such is the passage of Scripture before us this morning. Our Lord Jesus gives us several reasons why our new life in Him is eternal and cannot be undone. It is a passage of great promise, hope and security.

“No stronger passage in all the Word of God can be found guaranteeing the absolute security of every child of God. Note the seven strands in the rope, which binds them to God.

First, they are Christ’s sheep, and it is the duty of the shepherd to care for each of his flock! To suggest that any of Christ’s sheep may be lost is to blaspheme the Shepherd Himself.

Second, it is said “They follow” Christ, and no exceptions are made; the Lord does not say they ought to, but declares they do. If then the sheep “follow” Christ they must reach Heaven, for that is where the Shepherd is gone!

Third, to the sheep is imparted “eternal life”: to speak of eternal life ending is a contradiction in terms.

Fourth, this eternal life is “given” to them: they did nothing to merit it, consequently they can do nothing to demerit it.

Fifth, the Lord Himself declares that His sheep “shall never perish,” consequently the man who declares that it is possible for a child of God to go to Hell makes God a liar.

Sixth, from the Shepherd’s “hand” none is able to pluck them, hence the Devil is unable to encompass the destruction of a single one of them.

Seventh, above them is the Father’s “hand,” hence it is impossible for them to jump out of the hand of Christ even if they tried to. It has been well said that if one soul who trusted in Christ should be missing in Heaven, there would be one vacant seat there, one crown unused, one harp unstrung; and this would grieve all Heaven and proclaim a disappointed God. But such a thing is utterly impossible.” –A.W. Pink on John 10

Beloved, let us reverence, honor, give praise and glory to the Good Shepherd of our souls – Immanuel, God with us. Merry Christmas…