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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - John 10:1-18

It is not certain whether this discourse was at the feast of dedication in the winter (spoken of John 10:22), which may be taken as the date, not only of what follows, but of what goes before (that which countenances this is, that Christ, in his discourse there, carries on the metaphor of the sheep, John 10:26, 27, whence it seems that that discourse and this were at the same time); or whether this was a continuation of his parley with the Pharisees, in the close of the foregoing chapter. The... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - John 10:7-10

10:7-10 So Jesus said to them again: "This is the truth I tell you--I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If any man enter in through me, he will be saved, and he will go in and out, and he will find pasture. The thief comes only to kill and to steal and to destroy; I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." The Jews did not understand the meaning of the story... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - John 10:9

I am the door ,.... Of the sheep, as before, see John 10:7 . The Ethiopic version reads, "I am the true door of the sheep"; which is repeated for further confirmation, and for the sake of introducing what follows: by me if any man enter in ; into the sheepfold, the church, he shall be saved ; not that being in a church, and having submitted to ordinances, will save any, but entering into these, at the right door, or through faith in Christ, such will be saved, according to Mark... read more

Adam Clarke

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

I am the door: by me if any man enter, etc. - Those who come for salvation to God, through Christ, shall obtain it: he shall be saved - he shall have his sins blotted out, his soul purified, and himself preserved unto eternal life. This the scribes and Pharisees could neither promise nor impart. Go in and out - This phrase, in the style of the Hebrews, points out all the actions of a man's life, and the liberty he has of acting, or not acting. A good shepherd conducts his flock to the... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - John 10:9

Verse 9 9.If any man enter by me. The highest consolation of believers is, that when they have once embraced Christ, they learn that they are out of danger; for Christ promises to them salvation and happiness. He afterwards divides it into two parts. He shall go in and out, and find pasture. First, they shall go safely wherever they find necessary; and, next, they shall be fed to the full. By going in and out, Scripture often denotes all the actions of the life, as we say in French, aller et... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 10:1-21

5. Christ the Shepherd of the flock of God . The discourse which now follows was the Lord's parabolic or allegoric reply to the conduct of the Pharisaic malignants. These men, claiming to be infallible guides of the ignorant, to be veritable shepherds of the flock of God, had ignored the advent of the true and good Shepherd, had opposed the Divine call and supreme claim of the Messiah, had set themselves to disturb and dislocate the relations between him and those who saw his glory... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 10:7-9

Christ as the Door. Notice— I. THE POSITION OF CHRIST IN RELATION TO SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS . "I am the Door." 1. He is the Medium of admission to these blessings . 2. He is the only Medium of admission to spiritual blessings . II. THE CONDITION ON WHICH THESE BLESSINGS ARE TO BE ENJOYED . "By me if any man enter in." This involves: 1. Full recognition of Christ ' s authority as the medium of admission , lie is the Door,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 10:7-10

(2) Allegory of the door and the fold , in which Christ claims to be "the Door of the sheep ." read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 10:7-10

Allegory of the door. The Jews could not understand the previous allegory. Our Lord utters another, which carries the truth to a higher point. I. CHRIST IS THE WAY OF SALVATION TO THE BELIEVER . "I am the Door of the sheep." 1. He is the Door of access to the Father . ( Ephesians 2:18 .) 2. He is the Door to heaven itself . ( John 14:2 .) 3. The Door is ever open . 4. It may be strait , but those who enter will assuredly be saved . ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 10:9

I am the Door: by me —by living relation to me— if any man ; i . e . either shepherd or sheep, for in this part of the interpretation they are not distinguished, and they alike need "salvation" and "pasture." By me if any man enter, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. "Salvation" here spoken of refers primarily to deliverance from dangers, protection from the ravenous wolves without the fold, and from false shepherds within. "Go in and out" is a phrase... read more

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