MINISTERING TO THE SHEEP

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Wednesday Evening:  June 6, 2007

Text:  John 10:26-29  But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.  27  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:  28  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.  29  My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.

SHEEP BELIEVE

John 10:26  But ye believe [present active] not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.

BELIEVING, THE SPIRIT OF FAITH

2 Corinthians 4:13  We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed [aorist active], and therefore have I spoken [aorist active]; we also believe [present active], and therefore speak [present active];

NOT HIS SHEEP

John 6:63-64  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words [rhma, spoken words] that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.  64  But there are some of you that believe [present active] not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed [present active] not, and who should betray him.

SOME WERE OFFENDED

John 6:59-61  These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.  60  Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear [present active] it?  61  When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?

STOPPED FOLLOWING HIM

John 6:66-68  From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.  67  Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?  68  Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words [rhma, spoken words] of eternal [agelasting kingdom] life.

SHEEP DO NOT GO AWAY

John 10:27  My sheep hear [present active] my voice (words of agelasting life John 6:68), and I know [present active] them, and they follow [present active (not go away)] me:

SHEEP ARE MINISTERED KINGDOM LIFE

John 10:28  And I give [present active, minister, show] unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

SHEEP ESTEEM AGELASTING LIFE

John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth [present active participle] in him should not perish, but have [ecw, esteem, regard] everlasting life.

WORD OF GOD WORKETH EFFECTIVLY

1 Thessalonians 2:13  For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh [present middle indicative] also in you that believe [present active participle].

THE WORD OF GOD DEFINED

Luke 8:10-11  And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.  11  Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

DONíT BE OFFENDED

John 16:1-2  These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should [may] not be offended [subjunctive].  2  They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.

SOME BELIEVE FOR A WHILE

Luke 8:13  They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word (mysteries of the kingdom of God, v.10-11) with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe [present active], and in time of temptation [testing] fall away (offended, walk no more with Him).

OFFENDED BECAUSE OF THE WORD

Matthew 13:21  Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word (of the kingdom), by and by he is offended.

SHEEP ARE SECURE

John 10:29  My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.

NO WISE THRUST OUT

John 6:37  All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh [present middle participle] to me I will in no wise cast out.

YOURSELVES THRUST OUT

Luke 13:28  There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.

JESUS HAS POWER TO GIVE LIFE

John 17:2  As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should [may] give [subjunctive] eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

THEY GUARD THE WORD

John 17:6  I have manifested thy name (Holy Father, v.11, Luke 1:49) unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept [perfect active, guard ] thy word.

I PRAY FOR THEM

John 17:9  I pray for them: I pray not for the world (Israel), but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.

GUARD THEM, HOLY FATHER

John 17:11  And now I am no more in the world [Israel], but these are in the world [Israel], and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep [guard] through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

BE WITH ME

John 17:24  Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

PART WITH ME

John 13:8  Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.

WALK WITH ME

Revelation 3:4-5  Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.  5  He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

REIGN WITH ME

Revelation 3:21  To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

PURPOSE OF MINISTRY

John 10:28-29  And I give [present active, show, minister] unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.  29  My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.