Friday, June 14, 2013

Bible Study: Meet Jesus, Son of God/Son of Man - John - Chapter 10

Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes on the Gospel of John, although they are a bit better formatted than former efforts. I felt a great sense of urgency to publish them rather than waiting until I had the time to pretty them up. Thank you and I pray that God blesses and encourages you through this material. I’m not sure of the condition of the world at the time of this publication. But at the time of its writing, fall 2009 through late spring 2010, things are looking increasingly bleak with the economy, health care and unemployment, there is a renewal and increase of racism, and godly principles of living being disregarded, there are floods in India, earthquake and tsunami in Samoa. Are these the first stages of birth pains? The last? God only knows. And He is very busy these days. Seek His wisdom. Encourage each other. Pray. Jesus is coming to deliver His people and judge the wicked…


Take a few minutes to pray and savor chapter 10 of the book of John. Then return here and ponder the thoughts, answer the questions, and be sure to leave comments about your own revelations…

10:1-21 – This was delivered after the Feast of Tabernacles.

10:1-18 – Study these verses in conjunction with Psalm 23.

10:1-2 – There is only ONE way to the Father.

10:1 – Those who say they’re saved, but don’t know Jesus are thieves and robbers. Don’t be deceived by their claims to have access to God without Jesus!

10:3 – Who is the Watchman? The Holy Spirit, perhaps.

Jesus calls His sheep by name and leads them.

10:4 – Jesus’ sheep follow Him because they recognize His voice. Do you? How?

Compare this verse with the actions on 9:35-38.

10:5 – Jesus’ sheep will run away from a stranger because they don’t recognize his voice. How can you identify a stranger?

Compare this verse with the actions of 9:25-34.

10:6 – Jesus was speaking to the Pharisees, but they didn’t understand.

10:7-10 – Jesus is the tabernacle door. (A Woman’s Heart – Moore)

10:8 – The false shepherds who came before Jesus were thieves and robbers. Prophets who pointed to Christ wouldn’t be considered among those who came before.

10:9 – The third “I AM” Statement – Jesus is the gate for the sheep.

Have you walked through this gate into eternal life?

10:11 – The fourth “I AM” Statement – Jesus is the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd protects and lays down His life for His sheep.

How has He protected you today?

10:14-18 – characteristics of the Good Shepherd.

10:14 – The Good Shepherd knows His sheep and they know Him.

10:15 – The Good Shepherd knows God perfectly.

The Good Shepherd dies for His sheep.

10:16 – The Good Shepherd seeks all of His sheep – including Gentiles (the uncircumcised).

10:17 – The Good Shepherd is loved by the Father.

Death and resurrection WAS ALWAYS THE PLAN!

10:18 – The Good Shepherd obeyed the Father. This should be our primary motivation for all we do as well.

The Good Shepherd has power over death.

10:19-21 – Wherever Jesus is, there will be division. Which side of the divide are you on?

10:22-39 – This was delivered three months later at the Feast of Tabernacles.

10:22-24 – This took place at Hanukkah time in December. Because of the victory that this Feast represented to the Jews, this dialogue may have been motivated by Israel’s desire for deliverance once more - this time from Roman rule.

10:24-26 – Words aren’t proof of Jesus’ claim to be God. His actions are the proof.

10:25-26 – Jesus denounces unbelief.

10:27-29 – Benefits of true believers.

10:27 – True believers hear Jesus’ voice.

Jesus knows true believers because they belong to Him.

True believers follow Jesus.

Jesus gives true believers eternal life.

True believers will never perish.

True believers are found in Jesus’ hand and the Father’s hand, and they cannot be snatched away.

10:40 – Jesus leaves the area and goes back to the area where John the Baptist used to baptize. In 1:28, it says that John baptized in Bethany.

• The book of John is called the “Love Gospel”. How have you seen God’s love at work in this chapter of scripture and how will you apply it to your life this week?
• What attributes of God do you see in this book?
• What verse of scripture seemed to be God speaking directly to you? What is He teaching you in these verses? How does He want you to respond?

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