THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO
b. Life's Shepherding --
For the Believers outside of Religion
(1) The Sheepfold, the Door, and the Pasture -- For the Sheep
1 Truly, truly, I say to you, He who does not enter through the 1adoor into the 2sheepfold, but climbs up from somewhere else, he is a 3bthief and a robber;
2 But he who enters through the adoor is the bshepherd of the sheep.
3 To him the doorkeeper opens, and the 1sheep ahear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them bout.
4 When he puts forth all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep afollow him because they know his bvoice.
5 But they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.
6 This aparable Jesus spoke to them, but they did not know what those things meant that He spoke to them.
7 Jesus therefore said to them again, Truly, truly, I say to you that I am the adoor of the sheep.
8 All who came before Me are athieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.
9 I am the 1adoor; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved and shall go in and go out and shall find 2pasture.
(2) The Shepherd, the Divine Life,
and the Soulish Life --
For the Flock
10 The thief does not come except to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may ahave 1life and may have it abundantly.
11 I am the good aShepherd; the good Shepherd blays down His 1life for the sheep.
12 He who is a hireling and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.
13 He flees because he is a hireling and it does not matter to him concerning the sheep.
14 I am the good aShepherd, and bI know My own, and cMy own know Me,
15 Even as the aFather knows Me and I know the Father; and I blay down My life for the sheep.
16 And I have 1aother sheep, which are not of this fold; I must lead them also, and they shall hear My voice, and there shall be 2bone flock, one cShepherd.
17 For this reason the aFather loves Me, because bI lay down My life that I may take it again.
18 No one takes it away from Me, but I alay it down of Myself. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to btake it again. This commandment I received from My Father.
19 aA division again took place among the Jews because of these words.
20 And many of them said, He ahas a demon and is binsane. Why do you listen to Him?
21 Others said, These are not the words of one who is demon possessed. Can a demon aopen the eyes of the blind?
(3) The Eternal Life, the Son's Hand, and the Father's Hand --
For the Security of the Sheep
22 At that time the 1Feast of the Dedication occurred in Jerusalem, and it was winter.
23 And Jesus was walking in the temple in the aportico of Solomon.
24 The Jews therefore surrounded Him and said to Him, How long will You hold our soul in suspense? If You are the Christ, tell us aplainly.
25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and you do not believe. The aworks which I do 1in My Father's name, these testify concerning Me;
26 But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep.
27 My sheep ahear My voice, and bI know them, and they cfollow Me;
28 And I give to them 1aeternal life, and they shall by no means perish forever, and bno one shall csnatch them out of 1My hand.
29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all, and no one can asnatch them out of My 1Father's hand.
30 1I and the Father are aone.
(4) The Persecution of Religion
31 The Jews again atook up stones that they might stone Him.
32 Jesus answered them, I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of these works are you stoning Me?
33 The Jews answered Him, We are not stoning You for a good work, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a man, are making Yourself aGod.
34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, "I said, aYou are gods''?
35 If He said they were gods, to whom the word of God came, and the Scripture cannot be broken,
36 Do you say of Him whom the Father ahas sanctified and 1bsent into the world, You are blaspheming, because I said, cI am the Son of God?
37 If I do not do the aworks of My Father, do not believe Me;
38 But if I do them, even if you do not believe Me, abelieve the works so that you may come to know and continue to know that the bFather is in Me and I am in the Father.
39 Then they sought again to aseize Him, yet He went forth out of their hand.
(5) Life's Desertion of Religion and Life's New Standing
40 And 1He went away again aacross the Jordan, to the place where John was baptizing at first, and He remained there.
41 And many came to Him and said, John did no sign, but aall the things John said concerning this man were true.
42 And amany believed into Him there.