“I AM the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
In this chapter the Savior is contrasting between himself and those who came before him. All who preceded him, claiming to be the shepherd of the sheep, were thieves and robbers, dishonest, deceivers, hypocrites and everything contrary to the truth of God; but Jesus was the good Shepherd of the sheep, and embodied every principle of right. He was the Door through which every sheep must enter into the sheepfold – no other way, no other means. There is no condition here suggested, but on the contrary a positive declaration: By me if any man enter in he shall be saved. The figure is very striking, and we should not lose sight of it. Sheep in a sheepfold are protected from all enemies, hence are saved from the attacks and assaults of beasts, whose nature it is to destroy them. The people of God have entered into the sheepfold (church) through the Door, Christ Jesus, and are saved from the world, its delusions and enemies, as Noah and his family were saved in the ark, being separated from the world. The word “saved” in the Scriptures does not always mean redeemed, saved with an everlasting salvation, but often it means care, protection, safety, &c., here in the sheepfold of God. Those mentioned in the text were already sheep, or, in other words, children of God, and because of that fact entered into the sheepfold prepared by the good Shepherd for their comfort and protection.
“And shall go in and out, and ﬁnd pasture.” This clause of the text carries the figure further: sheep are not kept always in the sheepfold, but they go in and out. The pasture literally is not inside the sheepfold, but shelter and protection are found therein. The pasture is outside. When in the sheepfold the walls serve as salvation to them from harm or injury; when outside in a pasture the shepherd is with them, hence always protected, and the pasture is sure. The certainty of a resting-place, safe from the ravening wolves often in sheep’s clothing, is presented in the parable, and also the certainty of pasture for the children of God. The saints are seldom in the same place long at a time – led here and there, in and out, up and down, but all confess that places of safety and green pastures are theirs in all the journey. Children of his love and care, sheep of his pasture.
Written at the request of D. P. McCauley, Lipan Texas. K.
Elder H. C. Ker
Signs of the Times
Volume 84, No. 9.
May 1, 1916