April 3, 2005

My sheep listen to my voice

This morning in church, the Pastor read John 10:22.

Then came the Feast of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was in the temple area walking in Solomon's Colonnade. The Jews gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”

Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father's name speak for me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. I and the Father are one.”

I found this rather educational. I think Jesus is saying, that God moves the hearts of some people to believe that he is the Christ. Those that don’t believe, God has abandoned to their sins.

Predestination is something that I have debated in my own mind and haven’t decided whether it is true or not. However, in this passage, Jesus seems to be saying that only certain people are selected by God to be saved.

Jesus is also clear that only those that follow him are allowed into heaven. My interpretation is that this passage supports the idea of predestination quite well.

Posted by Ted at April 3, 2005 9:26 PM