Daily Archives: April 18, 2020

April 18th The D. L. Moody Year Book

He made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully.—Luke 19:6.

DID you ever hear of any one receiving Christ in any other way? He received Him joyfully. Christ brings joy with Him. Sin, gloom, and darkness flee away; light, peace, and joy burst into the soul.[1]

 

[1] Moody, D. L. (1900). The D. L. Moody Year Book: A Living Daily Message from the Words of D. L. Moody. (E. M. Fitt, Ed.) (p. 76). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

April—18 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

Of one Jesus, which was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.—Acts 25:19.

And well might Paul affirm it; for Jesus, after his resurrection, had spoken to Paul from heaven! Well might John, the beloved apostle, give the Church his repeated evidence to it; for Jesus not only made his appearance to John, in common with the other apostles, but in the island of Patmos appeared to him alone, and proclaimed himself under those glorious distinctions of character: “Fear not; I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore!” (Rev. 1:17, 18.) And well might Peter testify to the same, as he did in the family of Cornelius, when he had such indisputable proofs for himself and the rest of his brethren, the apostles, who were “the chosen witnesses of his resurrection: we did eat and drink with him (saith Peter) after he arose from the dead.” (Acts 10:41.) But, my soul! mark, in the contempt with which this blessed truth is spoken of, by the Roman governor, how little esteemed, and less regarded, that doctrine, which is thy life, is held by the world. And are there not thousands in the present hour, like Festus, who even if they do profess the belief of Jesus’s resurrection, are, like him, unconscious of its vital effects on their hearts; and as to any of the saving influences resulting from it in the descent of the Spirit upon them, have “never so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost!” My soul! how wilt thou prove the resurrection of Jesus in thine own experience, that, like Paul, thou mayest with equal confidence speak of this “One Jesus,” this only One, this blessed One, who was truly and indeed dead, but whom thou affirmest to be alive? Pause over the question, and then look into the real testimonies of it in thine heart. Remember what thy Jesus said, as a promise which should take place soon after his resurrection and return to his Father, when redemption-work was finished: “I will send the Holy Ghost the Comforter. He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (John 14:26.) Hence, therefore, if the Holy Ghost is come, then is Jesus risen and ascended; and then hath the Father also most fully confirmed his perfect approbation of the righteousness and death of Jesus, as the surety of his people, in raising him from the dead, setting him on his own right hand, and sending down the Holy Ghost, agreeably to Christ’s promise. And dost thou know all these things in thine own experience? Is Jesus thy resurrection and life? Hath he recovered thee, by the quickening influences of his Holy Spirit, from death to life, and from the power of sin and Satan to the living God? Is he now the daily life-giving, life-imparting, life-strengthening source of all thy faith, and life, and hope, and joy? Is it Jesus that becomes to thee as the dew unto Israel, reviving, like the dew of herbs, thy dry and unpromising wintry state, where there is no vegetation, and causing thee to put forth the tender bud afresh, when, without his influence, every thing in thee was parched and withered? Oh! then, do thou proclaim it far and near, and let every one witness for thee, in every circle in which thou art called to move, that that one glorious Jesus, which was once dead, thou affirmest to be alive, and liveth for evermore. Precious Lord Jesus! how blessed are those sweet words of thine to my soul: “And because I live, ye shall live also.”[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 116–117). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

April 18, 2020 Evening Verse Of The Day

Separation

Verses 10–14 are among the most difficult in the book of Hebrews. They are subject to many interpretations and applications, and I do not want to be dogmatic in the views I present.

We have an altar, from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat. For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy place by the high priest as an offering for sin, are burned outside the camp. Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate. (13:10–12)

Many Christians believe the altar mentioned here is literal, and that it refers to the altars at which believers today are to worship. These interpreters hold that right to eat refers to the Lord’s Supper. But who, then, would be those who serve the tabernacle, who have no right to eat? And verse 11 speaks of the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy place by the high priest as an offering for sin. This hardly can describe Christian worship.

Some believe the reference is to a heavenly altar, such as that spoken of in Revelation 6. But again, who would be those who had no right to eat there? And, in any case, there is no eating or sacrificing of animals at the heavenly altar.

Others believe the altar is a figure of Christ, whose body we are to eat and whose blood we are to drink (John 6:53–58). But still the questions remain about who is not allowed to eat and about the sacrificial animals.

I believe the best explanation is to consider that We refers to the writer’s fellow Jews. That is, “We Jews have an altar. The priests serve at this altar in the Tabernacle, or the Temple. Ordinarily they are allowed to eat what remains of the sacrifices. But on the Day of Atonement, they are not allowed to eat the sin offering. The bodies of the animals used for this sacrifice are taken outside the camp and burned.”

In this view, an analogy is given for Christians. As the priest of old could not have a part in the sins of the people, so the believer should be outside the camp of the world, no longer a part of its system, standards, and practices. This is what Jesus did, pictured supremely in the crucifixion, which was outside the city gates. Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate. I do not think the analogy can be pressed any further. It is simply a picture of Christians, following their Lord, separating themselves from the things of sin. As our Lord was crucified outside the walls of the city of Jerusalem, so we are to be spiritually outside the walls of sinning people.[1]


12 There is therefore a daring symbolism in the author’s observation that Jesus’ death took place “outside the city gate” (an aspect of the gospel story [e.g., Jn 19:20] he assumes to be well known). He went out as a sin offering, rejected as unclean by the religious establishment. In making this connection, the author makes clear his understanding, already implicit in his earlier use of Day of Atonement imagery (9:11–12, 23–25, etc.), that Jesus’ once-for-all sacrifice was specifically a sin offering. It is only by the removal of sin that his people can truly be “made holy” (cf. 2:11; 10:10, 14). It was to achieve this effective removal of sin, not just a symbolic gesture, that it was necessary for him to present “his own blood” rather than, like the high priest, merely the blood of animals (9:12, 25; 10:3–4). But whereas the OT sacrifices were killed inside the camp and burned outside, Jesus was killed outside the city; his blood therefore has efficacy only for those who also are “outside.”[2]


12 The fact that the bodies of the animals sacrificed on the Day of Atonement were burned outside the camp suggests a parallel to the fact that Jesus was crucified outside one of the city gates of Jerusalem. The parallel may seem inexact, since the animals of the sin offering were actually slaughtered within the camp; our author may, however, have also in mind the fact that the red heifer, which was a kind of sin offering, was slaughtered outside the camp.76 Jesus died in order to “sanctify the people”—bring them to God as worshipers purified in conscience—by means of his blood, the willing sacrifice of his life. And the practical implication of his dying “outside the gate” is made plain in the exhortation which follows.[3]


12 The hearers already know that Jesus fulfilled and antiquated the Day of Atonement sacrifices (9:1–14). Since, therefore, the bodies of the animals sacrificed on that Day were burned “outside the camp” of wilderness Israel, it was appropriate for “Jesus also” to suffer “outside the gate” of Jerusalem. It is instructive to compare the two clauses of v. 12 with those of v. 11:

1.    For animals, whose blood is brought for sin into the Most Holy Place by the high priest.

 

1.    Thus Jesus also, in order that he might sanctify the people through his blood.

 

2.    Their bodies are burned outside the camp. (v. 11)

 

2.    suffered also outside the gate (v. 12)

 

Verse 11 begins with a relative clause identifying the animals whose bodies are “burned outside the camp” as those whose blood was brought into the Sanctuary. Verse 12 begins with a purpose clause asserting the effectiveness of Jesus’ blood because he “suffered outside the gate.” The ineffectiveness of those sacrifices whose “blood” was carried into the earthly sanctuary was sealed by their bodies being burned “outside the camp.”49 Jesus’ suffering “outside the gate” in his incarnate body (10:5–10) provided for cleansing, so that those who approach God through him can enter the true heavenly dwelling place of God. The place where they ended in defeat anticipated the place where he initiated his victory.

“Outside the gate” cannot be a metaphor for the heavenly world, as some have suggested, because it is both the place where the incarnate “Jesus” “suffered” and the place where his followers will share his “reproach.” This is the place where Jesus “endured the cross, despising the shame” (12:2). Nor, however, is “outside the camp”/“gate” the created world per se. Inside and outside “the gate” are both conditions of life in this world. The first is the place of worldly security and acceptance for those who reject Christ. The second is the place of Christ’s crucifixion and thus the place of rejection by the unbelieving world that despised him. The immediate context puts great emphasis on the area outside the “camp” and “gate” as the place of suffering and reproach. The pastor, however, could not have been oblivious to the fact that “outside the camp” was the place of greatest impurity, for which the old sacrifices could provide nothing more than temporary ritual cleansing. However, Jesus’ fully sufficient self-offering “outside the gate” effectively removes the deepest impurity of the heart (9:11–15; 10:15–18, 29–35). This verse confirms the interpretation of 9:11–15 given above. Jesus’ sacrifice did not take place in heaven. Hebrews indulges in no speculation about his carrying blood into the heavenly Sanctuary.

The clause “in order that he might sanctify the people with his own blood” would have reminded those first hearers of the sacrifice by which a covenant was established. The pastor turns naturally from the Day of Atonement sacrifice to the sacrifice of covenant inauguration just as he did in 9:11–14/15. If Christ’s death has atoned for sin, then it has established a New Covenant or way of approaching God. Any who continue to “worship” according to the stipulations appropriate for the earthly “Tent” are misled.[4]


13:12–13 / Reference to the burning of the bodies of the sacrificial animals “outside the camp” leads to a further interesting typological parallel. Jesus suffered outside the city gate. The crucifixion—that fulfillment of the ot sacrifices wherein he made the people holy through his own blood—took place outside the city walls (John 19:20; cf. Matt. 21:39). This analogy is now given an application to the readers in the author’s exhortation to join Jesus outside the camp. That is, they are called to leave behind the security and comfort of Judaism and in so doing to bear the disgrace he bore (rsv: “bear the abuse he endured,” cf. 12:2). The readers are called to endure the persecution that will come their way when they remain true to their Christian faith. This exhortation is thus a restatement of the author’s concern for the readers expressed throughout the book (e.g., 2:1; 3:12; 4:11; 6:4ff.; 10:35; 12:3).[5]


12. And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood.

On the basis of the preceding verse the author of Hebrews makes a comparison. He compares the implied purpose of the sacrifices made on the Day of Atonement to the suffering Jesus experienced on the cross. As he explains in earlier parts of his epistle, Jesus’ sacrifice is once for all and incomparably superior. To speak, then, of a parallel in these verses is only partly accurate; only the phrase outside the city gate is equivalent to “outside the camp.” The comparison in general points to Jesus’ work to make his people holy.

The writer assumes that the readers are fully acquainted with the gospel. In his epistle he seldom alludes to Jesus’ life on earth (5:7–8; 10:12; 12:2). Here he describes the place where Jesus suffered—outside the city of Jerusalem. He writes that Jesus suffered; he implies the agony Jesus endured on Calvary’s cross.

The high priest annually entered the Most Holy Place, sprinkled animal blood, and atoned for the sin of the people. Jesus became sin for us (2 Cor. 5:21), bore the curse that rested upon us (Gal. 3:13), and according to the law was condemned to die outside the city gate (John 19:17–18). For instance, the son of the Israelite woman who blasphemed the name of the Lord had to be taken outside the camp, and the people were to stone him to death (Lev. 24:11–16, 23; also see Num. 15:35). Achan was taken outside the camp to the valley of Achor where the Israelites stoned him (Josh. 7:24–26; cf. Acts 7:58). Because of man’s sin, Jesus had to suffer outside the city gate where he endured God’s wrath.

Outside the city gate of Jerusalem, Jesus paid for our sins by suffering the agony of hell on the cross when he cried, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46; Mark 15:34). Through the shedding of his blood, Jesus removed the sin of his people and made them holy. That is, by fulfilling the stipulations concerning the removal of sin on the Day of Atonement (Lev. 16:26–28), Jesus cleansed his people and sanctified them. The author of Hebrews briefly summarizes the purpose of Jesus’ suffering: “to make the people holy through his own blood.” In many places he has explained this point and therefore has no need to elaborate on it now (see 2:11; 10:10, 14; 12:14).[6]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1983). Hebrews (pp. 440–441). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] France, R. T. (2006). Hebrews. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Hebrews–Revelation (Revised Edition) (Vol. 13, p. 189). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Bruce, F. F. (1990). The Epistle to the Hebrews (Rev. ed., pp. 380–381). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[4] Cockerill, G. L. (2012). The Epistle to the Hebrews (pp. 699–701). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, UK: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[5] Hagner, D. A. (2011). Hebrews (p. 243). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[6] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of Hebrews (Vol. 15, pp. 420–421). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

April 18 Streams in the Desert

And he shall bring it to pass.” (Psa. 37:5)

I ONCE thought that after I prayed that it was my duty to do everything that I could do to bring the answer to pass. He taught me a better way, and showed that my self-effort always hindered His working and that when I prayed and definitely believed Him for anything, He wanted me to wait in the spirit of praise, and only do what He bade me. It seems so unsafe to just sit still, and do nothing but trust the Lord; and the temptation to take the battle into our own hands is often tremendous.

We all know how impossible it is to rescue a drowning man who tries to help his rescuer, and it is equally impossible for the Lord to fight our battles for us when we insist upon trying to fight them ourselves. It is not that He will not, but He cannot. Our interference hinders His working.—C. H. P.

Spiritual forces cannot work while earthly forces are active.

It takes God time to answer prayer. We often fail to give God a chance in this respect. It takes time for God to paint a rose. It takes time for God to grow an oak. It takes time for God to make bread from wheat fields. He takes the earth. He pulverizes. He softens. He enriches. He wets with showers and dews. He warms with life. He gives the blade, the stock, the amber grain, and then at last the bread for the hungry.

All this takes time. Therefore we sow, and till, and wait, and trust, until all God’s purpose has been wrought out. We give God a chance in this matter of time. We need to learn this same lesson in our prayer life. It takes God time to answer prayer.—J. H. M.[1]

 

[1] Cowman, L. B. (1925). Streams in the Desert (pp. 120–121). Los Angeles, CA: The Oriental Missionary Society.

April 18 The Interpreter: Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible

April 18.—Morning. [Or August 3.]
“Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest.”

1 Samuel 2:12–26

NOW the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the Lord.

Yet they were priests and teachers of others. Sad was it for the people to have such ministers. Let our hearts go up to God in gratitude for the great blessing of holy teachers, who practise what they preach. Eli’s sons were worse than the worst, when they ought to have been better than the best of common men.

13, 14 And the priest’s custom with the people was, that, when any man offered sacrifice, the priest’s servant came, while the flesh was in seething, with a fleshhook of three teeth in his hand; And he struck it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot; all that the fleshhook brought up the priest took for himself. So they did in Shiloh unto all the Israelites that came thither.

Not satisfied with the breast and shoulder, which were the perquisites of the priests, according to the divine law, they seized a part of the offerer’s share of the flesh, and took it before the Lord’s portion had been burned upon the altar.

15 Also before they burnt the fat, the priest’s servant came, and said to the man that sacrificed, Give flesh to roast for the priest; for he will not have sodden flesh of thee, but raw.

16 And if any man said unto him, Let them not fail to burn the fat presently, and then take as much as thy soul desireth; then he would answer him, Nay; but thou shalt give it me now: and if not, I will take it by force.

17 Wherefore the sin of the young men was very great before the Lord: for men abhorred the offering of the Lord.

Godly people were shocked by such profane greediness, and were grieved by the rudeness of those who ought to have acted with holy courtesy. If ministers become haughty, domineering, and self-seeking, the people will soon loathe the worship. All this involved Eli’s sons in great sin.

18 ¶ But Samuel ministered before the Lord, being a child, girded with a linen ephod.

It must have been a lovely sight to see the little lad actively engaged in the service of God, wearing the livery of the Great King.

19 Moreover his mother made him a little coat, and brought it to him from year to year, when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice. (Remembering that while Samuel was little he could render no very useful service to the tabernacle, she undertook the expense of his clothing, and thus showed both her care for the Lord’s house and her love for her dear boy.)

20 ¶ And Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife, and said, The Lord give thee seed of this woman for the loan which is lent to the Lord. And they went unto their own home.

21 And the Lord visited Hannah, so that she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before the Lord. (But while this holy child was living near to God, Eli’s sons went from bad to worse, till at last Eli spoke to them of their great sins.)

23, 24 And he said unto them, Why do ye such things? for I hear of your evil dealings by all this people. Nay, my sons; for it is no good report that I hear: ye make the Lord’s people to transgress.

25 If one man sin against another, the judge shall judge him: but if a man sin against the Lord, who shall intreat for him? Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto the voice of their father, because the Lord would slay them.

They had gone so far that the Lord had resolved to destroy them, and therefore would not grant them grace to repent. Eli ought long before to have put an end to the wickedness of his sons by far stronger measures. Such a tame rebuke as this, which came so late in the day was of no use whatever. Had he chastened his sons betimes, he might have saved their characters and their lives. Children should be grateful for parents who will not let their sins go unpunished. It would be a dreadful thing for a curse to come upon a family, because the sons and daughters were not restrained from sin. A dear little girl who died believing in Jesus affectionately thanked her mother on her death-bed for all her tender love and then added, “But, dear mother, I thank you most of all for having conquered my self-will.” Children sometimes think their parents needlessly severe, but when they grow up they will bless them for not indulging them in sin.

26 And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favour both with the Lord, and also with men. (A sweet way of growing, but to do this a child must be gracious, obedient, and kind.)

April 18.—Evening. [Or August 4.]
“Whom He did predestinate, them He also called.”

1 Samuel 3:1–18

AND the child Samuel ministered unto the Lord before Eli. (Samuel is said by Josephus to have been about twelve years of age at this time, and so was like our blessed Lord, who at that age said, “Wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business.” How charming a sight is a young child serving the Lord.) And the word of the Lord was precious in those days; there was no open vision. (The sin of the priests and people had made prophetic visions to be very rare.)

2, 3, 4 And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see; And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep; That the Lord called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I. (God calls his servants when he pleases, and it is well for them to be able to reply, “Here am I” Whether it be for duty or suffering, the true child of God says, “Here am I.”)

And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou calledst me. And he said, I called not; lie down again. And he went and lay down.

And the Lord called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And he answered, I called not, my son; lie down again.

Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, neither was the word of the Lord yet revealed unto him. (He did not know the Lord in a prophetical manner, or with the clearness which he afterwards received, but doubtless he was already a godly child.)

And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. (How lovely was the conduct of Samuel, so simple, so obedient. O that all children were so.) And Eli perceived that the Lord had called the child.

Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

10 And the Lord came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.

When God speaks to us, a hearing ear is a great mercy; but a heavy ear is a sad judgment.

11–14 And the Lord said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle. In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end. For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not. And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever. (Their day of grace was over, and their doom was sealed. What a warning to those who trifle with holy things, and turn the grace of God into licentiousness as these men did.)

15 ¶ And Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the house of the Lord. (He was not puffed up by having seen a vision, but went about his daily work, even as our Lord returned from Jerusalem with Mary and Joseph, and was subject to them. Holy children are always humble.) And Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision.

16 Then Eli called Samuel, and said, Samuel, my son. And he answered, Here am I.

17 And he said, What is the thing that the Lord hath said unto thee? I pray thee hide it not from me: God do so to thee, and more also, if thou hide any thing from me of all the things that he said unto thee. (Eli had a wounded conscience, which made him fear something terrible even when the Lord spake.)

18 And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. (A heavy task for a boy, but grace made him do his duty.) And he said, It is the Lord: let him do what seemeth him good. (Eli was wrong with his sons, but he was right with God. We must admire the aged man’s holy submission, and imitate it.)

’Twill save us from a thousand snares,

To mind religion young;

Grace will preserve our following years,

And make our virtues strong.

Let the sweet work of prayer and praise,

Employ our youngest breath;

Thus we’re prepared for longer days,

Or fit for early death.[1]

 

[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1964). The Interpreter: Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible (pp. 225–226). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

April 18, 2020 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

Jesus Is The Only Door to The Fold

So Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (10:7–10)

Here Jesus changed the metaphor slightly. In the first figure of speech, He was the Shepherd; here He is the Door to the sheepfold. This is the third of seven statements in John’s gospel where “I AM” is followed by a predicate nominative (v. 11; 6:35; 8:12; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1, 5).

Since the religious leaders had failed to understand His first figure of speech, Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.” Sometimes the shepherd slept in the opening of the sheepfold to guard the sheep. No one could enter or leave except through him. In Jesus’ metaphor He is the door through which the sheep enter the safety of God’s fold and go out to the rich pasture of His blessing. It is through Him that lost sinners can approach the Father and appropriate the salvation He provides; Jesus alone is “the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through [Him]” (14:6; cf. Acts 4:12; 1 Cor. 1:30; 3:11; 1 Tim. 2:5). Only Jesus is the true source of the knowledge of God and salvation, and the basis for spiritual security.

The Lord’s assertion, “All who came before Me are thieves and robbers,” does not, of course, include Israel’s true spiritual leaders (such as Moses, Joshua, David, Solomon, Ezra, Nehemiah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel, among many others). Jesus was referring to Israel’s false shepherds—her wicked kings, corrupt priests, false prophets, and pseudo-messiahs. However, the true sheep did not hear them; they did not heed them and were not led astray by them (see the discussion of vv. 4 and 5 above).

Then Jesus reiterated the vital truth of verse 7: “I am the door;” and He added the promise, “If anyone enters through Me, he will be saved” from sin and hell. Christ’s sheep will experience God’s love, forgiveness, and salvation; they will go in and out freely, always having access to God’s blessing and protection, and never fearing any harm or danger. They will find satisfying pasture as the Lord feeds them (cf. Ps. 23:1–3; Ezek. 34:15) on His Word (cf. Acts 20:32). In utter contrast to the thieving false shepherds who, like their father the devil (8:44) came only to steal and kill and destroy the sheep, Jesus came that they may have spiritual and eternal life (cf. John 5:21; 6:33, 51–53, 57; Rom. 6:4; Gal. 2:20; Eph. 2:1, 5; Col. 2:13), and have it abundantly. Perissos (abundantly) describes something that goes far beyond what is necessary. The matchless gift of eternal life exceeds all expectation (cf. John 4:10 with 7:38; see also Rom. 8:32; 2 Cor. 9:15).[1]


“I Am the Gate”

John 10:7–9

Therefore Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture.”

The parable of the Good Shepherd is familiar and generally understood because it has been told so many times. But when the parable was spoken the first time, it was not understood. Thus, in developing the image, Christ changed it slightly, this time speaking of a second kind of sheep pen and of himself as the gate of the sheep rather than as the shepherd. This development throws more light on Christ’s parable and prepares for the explicit identification of Jesus as the Good Shepherd (John 10:7–9).

A Rustic Sheep Pen

In our last study, as we began to talk about the ways of keeping sheep in Christ’s day, we saw that there were two kinds of sheep pen. The first is the kind in view in the opening verses of this chapter. This kind of sheep pen was in the cities and villages. It was fairly large, large enough to hold several flocks of sheep at any rate, and it was public. Moreover, it was fairly substantial. A sheep pen like this was in the care of a porter, whose duty it was to guard the gate during the night and to admit the shepherds in the morning. The shepherds would call their sheep, each of whom knew his own shepherd’s voice, and would lead them out to pasture. We saw from the context of this parable that by it Jesus was referring to his role in calling his own sheep out of Judaism.

The second kind of sheep pen was not public, nor was it in the villages. This sheep pen was in the countryside, where the shepherds would keep their flocks in good weather. Presumably this is where the shepherds were keeping their sheep at the time of Christ’s birth when the angels appeared to them and invited them to Bethlehem. This type of sheep pen was nothing more than a rough circle of rocks piled into a wall with a small open space, a gate, through which the shepherd would drive the sheep at nightfall. Since there was no gate to close—just an opening—the shepherd would keep the sheep in and wild animals out by lying across the opening. He would sleep there, in this case literally becoming the gate. Clearly, this is the kind of sheep pen about which Jesus is speaking in the further development of the parable.

“I am the gate for the sheep.” In this section Jesus is the gate. He speaks of leading his flock in rather than of leading them out. He talks about the church itself rather than about calling the church out of Judaism. In other words, he is dealing now with a particular body of people committed to his care and he is revealing the relationship in which he stands to them.

Only One Gate

What does this image teach us about Christianity then? What does the gate teach us about Jesus Christ? First, it obviously teaches that there is only one gate, meaning that Jesus is the sole way to God. This point is evident from the nature of the sheep pen that Christ had in view—if it had more than one gate, it would have been useless—and it is reinforced from many of Christ’s other sayings. Thus, to give but one example, Christ says in the fourteenth chapter, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (v. 6).

This is crucial for Christianity. It is not so for other religions. It would make little difference to most of the world’s religions if their founder were someone else, or even if they had no founder at all; for essentially they are collections of spiritual truths (or claims to truth) and methods, all of which could exist without their founder. They needed someone to discover them, of course. But the point is that anyone could have discovered them and that once they were discovered they existed in their own right much like scientific propositions. Besides, if they became lost, they could be rediscovered. This is the nature of the world’s religions. Christianity is not in this category. Nor is Jesus like these other religious figures. Jesus did not claim merely to know the truth; he said that he is the truth. He did not merely show the way to God; he said that he is the way. Therefore, within Christianity, if there is no Christ, there is no way to God, no truth about God, and no vitality.

How could Jesus make such claims? If he were only a man, they are preposterous, of course. On the other hand, if he is who he said he is and if he did what he said he would do, they make sense. Jesus claimed to be God and to have come to earth to die for our sin. We deserve to die for our own sin, both physically and spiritually. We deserve to be separated from God. But Jesus died in our place. He who was sinless accepted the guilt of our sin and died for us. No one else could do it, but he could and did. Thus, he literally became the gate by which sinful people can approach God the Father. The author of the Book of Hebrews called him “a new and living way” (10:20). Paul wrote, “through him we … have access … to the Father” (Eph. 2:18).

We must admit at this point that the claim of Jesus Christ to be the gate is a contested claim, contested by those whom he terms “thieves and robbers.” Yet, as Christians believe, it is a claim that can stand up to scrutiny.

There are two kinds of such men, and Jesus uses two different words to describe them. The first word is kleptēs, from which we get our word kleptomaniac. It refers to one who steals cunningly or by stealth. The other word is lēstēs, for which we have no English derivative. It refers to one who steals by violence. Thus, if we may imagine the first word to refer to someone who carries off department store merchandise under a coat, the second would refer to those who might use guns to rob a bank.

In the religious world both types are prominent. The first type uses cunning, as Satan did in his approach to Eve in the Garden—“Did God really say …?” (Gen. 3:1). In this category are all who raise doubts in the minds of others—unbelieving ministers, Sunday school teachers, and professors of theology. By their questions they turn the minds of their learners away from Christ and instead cause them to rely upon the supposed wisdom of the teacher. These are those whom Paul terms “treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power.” He advises, “Have nothing to do with them” (2 Tim. 3:4–5). The other type is violent, for he thrusts himself into a place of authority in the church and demands that others follow him. The Bible terms this ecclesiastical tyranny the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which God hates (Rev. 2:15).

There is only one gate, according to Christ’s image; and Christ himself is the gate. Many have found this claim to be valid and have been willing to be sheep in his pasture.

For Any Man

The first lesson of the image, then, is an exclusive one—there is only one door. But there is a second lesson that is correspondingly broad. It is that anyone may enter it. Jesus indicates this in verse 9: “whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture.”

This verse has sometimes been taken in a way that contradicts John 6:44, which says: “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.” But those who dislike John 6:44 either completely disregard it or else try to use our text to overturn its plain meaning. Actually the two verses are not in conflict. John 6:44 looks at the matter from the Godward side and declares, rightly, that no man ever made the first move toward God. Men come to God only because God draws them. On the other hand, as our text from John 10 shows, God does not respect persons; therefore, any man, regardless of who he is or where he comes from, may be among that number. Let me put it this way: the call of God is not restricted by anything we can imagine. It is not restricted on the basis of race, education, social position, wealth, achievements, good deeds, or anything else. Therefore, there is no reason why you (whoever you are) should not be among the number of those whom God draws to Jesus.

Do you hesitate to believe that? If so, look at the state of the man who had been blind and for whose sake the parable of the Good Shepherd was told. He had nothing; he was a beggar. He was nothing; no one would have paid attention to him for more than a moment, and then normally only to push him out of the way. Yet this man, despised by every one else, was saved by Jesus. Certainly, if this beggar could have entered in, then any one can. You can. So can others.

You Must Enter

But you must enter in; this is the third lesson that Christ’s image teaches. To enter, in this verse, is the same thing as to “eat” of Jesus, “drink” of Jesus, or “come” to Jesus, all of which we have looked at earlier. It means to believe on him or trust him and do this personally.

I am sure that this is precisely why Jesus calls himself “the gate for the sheep.” As the phrase stands it is a bit peculiar. We might say, “the door through which the sheep enter” or “the door to the sheep.” But “the gate for the sheep”—well, that is just not good English idiom. If we change this into another form, however, then I believe we can understand it. We can understand it if we say “the sheep’s door.” What is the difference? Only that this particular form of the phrase makes the door personal. It makes clear that we are not talking about an abstract principle or concept. We are not trusting an object. We trust a person, Jesus Christ. And, because Jesus gave himself for us by dying for our sin, we find that he becomes ours through our believing on him, just as surely as we have become his by the same act.

Have you believed on him? It is not hard. There is no complicated course to follow. If Jesus had compared himself to a wall we should have to climb over, it might be hard work. If he had compared himself to a long, dark passageway, we should have to feel along it; some might be afraid to try. But he is not a wall or a passageway. He is a gate, and a gate can be entered easily and instantly.

Let me demonstrate how instantly by this story. A number of years ago a woman sat in a pew in the Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, which I now serve as pastor. At the time, the pastor was Donald Grey Barnhouse. He was talking about the cross and of the need to believe on the Christ who died upon it. The woman I am talking about was not a Christian. She had been raised in a religious home and had heard about Jesus. She had heard about the cross. But she did not understand these things and therefore obviously had never actually trusted in Jesus for her salvation. In order to make clear that for salvation only belief in Jesus Christ is necessary Barnhouse said, “Imagine that the cross has a door in it. All you are asked to do is to go through. On one side, the side facing you, there is written an invitation: ‘Whosoever will, may come.’ You stand there with your sin upon you and wonder if you should enter or not. Finally you do, and as you do the burden of your sin drops away. You are safe and free. Joyfully you then turn around and see written on the backside of the cross, through which you have now entered, the words ‘Chosen in him before the foundation of the world.’ ” Barnhouse then invited those who were listening to enter.

The woman later said that this was the first time in her life that she had really understood what it meant to be a Christian and that in understanding it, she had believed. She believed right there—in that church at that moment. She entered the door. Moreover, the rest of her life bore witness to the fact that a great change had occurred and that she was God’s child. I am certain of the facts of this story because that woman was my mother.

Three Benefits

Finally, I want you to see that these verses also speak of three great benefits of entering into God’s flock through Christ. They are consequences of belief in one sense. In another sense they are inducements to come. Each begins with an “s,” so I know you can remember them.

First, Jesus says that anyone who enters in will be saved. This promise is not the limited promise that we sometimes make it out to be. That is, it is not purely future, as if Jesus were offering a “pie in the sky by and by” salvation. Salvation is partially future; that belongs to it. But it is also past and present. It affects who we are and what happens to us from beginning to end. A better way of talking about it is in terms of sin’s penalty, power, and presence. By entering in through Christ we immediately escape sin’s penalty, so that we need not fear our sins will ever rise up against us. This is justification. Then, too, we also enter into a life in which we are increasingly delivered from sin’s power. The Bible calls this sanctification. Finally, we look forward to a day marked by the return of Christ or else our passing into his presence through death, in which even the presence of sin will be gone and our salvation will be perfected. The Bible calls this glorification.

Second, Jesus promises that anyone who enters in will be safe. This is the point of his reference to going “in and out.” If we did not know better from other references and from a knowledge of Hebrew and Aramaic idiom, we might think that this referred to entering and leaving the church or to salvation itself. But this is not what Christ means. To be able to go in and out means security (cf. Deut. 28:6; 1 Kings 3:7; Ps. 121:8), for in Christ’s day when a man could go in or out without fear it meant that his country was at peace and that the ruler had the affairs of the nation under control. When danger threatened, the people were shut up in the cities under siege. Thus, Jesus promises safety for those who trust him.

Third, he also promised that they would be satisfied—saved, safe, and satisfied—for he said that they would be able to go in and out and “find pasture.” Palestine is a barren land for the most part, and good pasture was not easy to find. Consequently, to be assured of good pasture was a wonderful thing. It spoke of prosperity and contentment, of health and happiness. It was in this sense that David wrote of the care of his Good Shepherd: “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul” (Ps. 23:2–3). It was this that Paul wrote of when he told the Philippians, “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (4:19). This last verse does not speak of all our desires, of course. We often desire that which is wrong or is not good for us. It speaks only of our needs, but even in that form it is a great promise. It is the promise that the one who enters in by Christ will not lack any good thing.

God Provides

Finally, let me indicate one more verse by way of conclusion. It comes from the Old Testament, from a passage in which Moses is asking God to raise up a leader for the people. Moses is about to die, and he wants God to provide a person to succeed him. “Moses said to the Lord, ‘May the Lord, the God of the spirits of all mankind, appoint a man over this community who will lead them out and bring them in, so the Lord’s people will not be like sheep without a shepherd’ ” (Num. 27:15–17). In the context of this book God answers the prayer of Moses by choosing Joshua, who then goes on to lead the people in the conquest of the Promised Land. But in the longer view God answered that prayer through the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the Great Shepherd, our Savior. He leads us in, and he leads us out. Under his care we find pasture.[2]


9 When Jesus declares that he is “the gate” and that those who enter the fold through him “will be saved,” the immediate reference is to the safety of the flock that follows Jesus as shepherd. But in a fuller sense it speaks of all who will receive eternal life through faith in him. They will come in and go out and find pasture—i.e., in their relationship to Jesus they will find both safety and nourishment.[3]


9 Jesus repeats that he is the door. This time “of the sheep” is lacking and the words stand out in impressive simplicity. The emphasis is on Jesus’ function. The words “through me” are in an emphatic position; it is he and no other who enables people to enter salvation (cf. 14:6). There is a certain exclusiveness about “the” door. If there is one door then people must enter by it or stay outside. They cannot demand another door. John does not often use the verb “to save,” and he never explains exactly what he means by it.34 But he makes it clear that salvation was the purpose of Jesus’ coming (3:17; 5:34; 12:47). It is the comprehensive term for the whole process whereby people are delivered from the consequences of their sin and brought into the blessing of God. Here the blessing is described in terms of secure pasturage, the supreme good of the sheep. The sheep that enters the fold through Christ will then be able to go in and out and have all its needs met. We should not attempt to find some esoteric meaning for “come in and go out.” It is simply an expression to indicate free and secure movement (cf. Knox, “he will come and go at will”).[4]


9 Jesus repeats the “I am” pronouncement, just as he repeated, “I am the Bread of life” (6:35, 47), and “I am the Light of the world” (8:12; 9:5), and just as he will shortly repeat “I am the good Shepherd” (vv. 11, 14). “I am the Door,” he continues, “Through me, if anyone goes in he will be saved, and will go in and go out and find pasture” (v. 9). The difference is that now he presents himself as an open door, open not to “thieves and robbers” but to the sheep. It is no longer a matter of coming “before” the door (v. 8) and being denied entrance, but of going “through” the door to a place of safety. As in 6:35, 47 and 8:12, the “I am” pronouncement is followed by an invitation and promise, introduced by “if anyone,” recalling such classic promises as 6:51 (“If anyone eat of this bread, he will live forever”) or 7:17 (“If anyone chooses to do his will, he will know about the teaching”), or 8:51 (“If anyone keeps my word, he will never ever see death”). Like these others, it is an invitation to “anyone” to believe in Jesus and thereby gain eternal life. But because it stands within the metaphorical world of sheep and shepherds, its vocabulary is distinctive. To “go in” and “go out” implies an enclosure, in this instance the “courtyard” (v. 1) housing the sheep. The promise of being “saved,” uncommon in John’s Gospel,64 is probably chosen here to highlight the thought of sheep being “rescued” or “kept safe” from harm, whether from “thieves and robbers” or natural predators (see v. 12). Those addressed, therefore (and “anyone” implies a very general invitation), are promised entry to Jesus’ “courtyard,” with all the benefits of a shepherd’s care. The “courtyard,” however, is neither a prison nor a fortress, for the sheep, Jesus promises, “will go in and go out and find pasture”—another way of saying, “if the Son sets you free, you will really be free” (8:36). The metaphors of shepherds and sheep and the courtyard are still at work—not least in the term “pasture,” which sustains animal, not human, life—but the reality to which the metaphors point is also clearly visible, and becoming more so. As the discourse continues, the metaphors will begin to fade, having served their purpose, and Jesus will speak more and more straightforwardly of his mission and his relationship to the Father.[5]


I Am the Door

John 10:6–9

“I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.” (John 10:9)

In the parable of the good shepherd (John 10:1–5), Jesus spoke of the true Shepherd who comes to the door, gains entry, and calls his own sheep by name. This parable is so familiar to Christians that it is hard for us to imagine anyone failing to grasp its meaning. But John says that when Jesus first spoke this “figure of speech,” his hearers “did not understand what he was saying to them” (10:6).

Jesus responded with another figure of speech in which he made clear the reference to himself: “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep” (John 10:7). This answer reminds us that all Christian truth finds its ultimate meaning in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Whatever we may be talking about—whether it is a Christian perspective on world events, interpersonal relations, or personal problems—the real point should always be related to Jesus’ coming and his saving plans for people and the world.

This was Jesus’ constant example. When his hearers wondered about his teaching, Jesus answered with reference to himself—“I am”—and to the blessings he gives to anyone who believes—“he will.” In these two expressions is found the entirety of the Christian gospel.

The Door of the Sheep

There were two kinds of sheepfolds in ancient Palestine, and Jesus refers to both in this chapter. In the parable, Jesus made use of the more durable structure in the towns: a high-walled sheep pen with a paid guard, into which all the shepherds would bring their flocks. But now he refers to the more rustic sheepfolds out in the fields. These were smaller and less substantial, and were used for the sheep’s safety at night. The key feature of these sheep pens was that they did not have a door, only an open space in the wall of piled rocks. After bringing in his sheep, the shepherd would lay his own body across that space so that as he slept in the entry, he himself became the door.

The great Old Testament scholar Sir George Adam Smith was once traveling through Palestine when he came across a shepherd and his sheep. During their conversation, the shepherd showed him the fold into which he led his sheep at night. It consisted of four walls, with one open space. Sir George asked the shepherd whether that opening was how the sheep got in. “Yes,” said the shepherd, “and when they are in there, they are perfectly safe.” “But there is no door,” said Sir George. “I am the door,” said the shepherd. He explained, “When the light has gone, and all the sheep are inside, I lie in the open space, and no sheep ever goes out but across my body, and no wolf comes in unless he crosses my body; I am the door.”

Whether or not this was Jesus’ meaning, this episode illustrates the implication of his words. Unlike the large town sheepfold that he mentioned earlier, which symbolized Judaism, from which Jesus drew out his sheep, this sheepfold stands for his own flock—his church. The way in is through his body, which he offered for our sins on the cross. Jesus is the door of the sheep, and those who enter are safe for eternity.

This is the third “I am” statement that Jesus makes in the Gospel of John. There are seven in all, presenting a mini-Christology all their own. The first was “I am the bread of life,” to which Jesus added, “Whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst” (John 6:35). Next, he taught, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (8:12). Later in this chapter, Jesus will say, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (10:11). Before John’s Gospel is finished, he will have added, “I am the resurrection and the life” (11:25), “I am the way, and the truth and the life” (14:6), and “I am the true vine” (15:1). If we can understand the meaning of these sayings, we will have grasped the very heart of the Christian faith. And if we receive them in personal faith, we will have gained Jesus as our own great “I am” in salvation.

With each of the seven “I ams,” Jesus’ meaning is clear. Here, the point is that one may enter salvation only through faith in him. There was only one entryway into the sheepfold; likewise, faith in Jesus is the only way to enter God’s salvation.

This is an important point to affirm because so many people, including some who call themselves Christians, deny that Jesus is the only way of salvation. Liberals maintain that while we may believe in Jesus, it would be intolerant to deny salvation by other ways. This is why the teaching of Christ as the only Savior is Christianity’s gravest offense in our relativistic age. Even some sentimental evangelicals have denied the necessity of faith in Jesus. They argue that God will accept anyone who is sincere in whatever he believes. But what matters most is what Jesus and the Bible say. Jesus says here, “I am the door of the sheep” (John 10:7). He is not one of many doors, but the one and only door to salvation. This is something that Jesus emphasizes all through John’s Gospel. Earlier, he insisted, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him” (3:36). If God’s wrath remains on anyone who rejects Jesus, then faith in Jesus is the one way to escape God’s just condemnation.

People who object that God has provided only one way of salvation show that they do not recognize the reality of their need. A man dying of thirst in the desert does not complain if he stumbles upon only one watery oasis. A man dying of cancer does not object that there is only one person who donates the bone marrow that saves his life. And a sinner, realizing the otherwise unavoidable prospect of unremitting corruption in this life and wrathful judgment in the life to come, does not object that the Son of God lovingly bore for us the hell that our sin deserves. Such a person does not complain, “Why must my soul be saved in only this way?”

This makes the point that the unbeliever’s true objection to Jesus is really an objection to God’s verdict on sin. Unbelievers refuse to confess their guilt. They demand another way—any other way—that grants a salvation that is to their own glory instead of to God’s. Such people delight to insist that many roads lead to God, which is true. But only one of those roads leads to his forgiving grace instead of his judgment. When it comes to salvation, Jesus insists, “I am the door.”

Moreover, it is clear from Jesus’ teaching in John’s Gospel that this door may be entered only by faith alone. This is what Jesus demanded of the blind man whom he had cured in John 9: “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” (John 9:35). “Lord, I believe,” he answered (9:38). This is why John wrote his Gospel: “so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (20:31).

But notice that Jesus says that he is a door, not a wall. We do not climb a ladder of achievements or scale a height to enter in. Indeed, Jesus says that those who try to enter this way do not belong. There are always religious figures who falsely claim that salvation comes on the basis of our achievements for God and others. But Jesus insists that such false teachers, like the Pharisees he was denouncing, “are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them” (John 10:8). The true sheep listen to Jesus, who is a door and not a wall.

Nor is Jesus a ticket booth, so that one may enter by paying money, doing good deeds, or performing religious rituals. Jesus is not a long, winding passageway, so that one must complete a lifelong quest or follow a path laid out by worldly priests with the hope of someday arriving into God’s favor. Jesus is the door, and those who enter by simple faith are immediately received into everlasting life.

If Anyone!

So if Jesus is the door, who are the people who may enter through faith in him? According to Jesus, the answer is anyone. He said: “I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved” (John 10:9).

This shows that while Jesus presents only one way of salvation, that one way is open to absolutely everyone. Jesus does not say, “I am the door. If someone has a good reputation, or comes from the right family, or leads a fairly decent life, he may enter by me and be saved.” Not at all! He says, “If anyone enters by me, he will be saved.”

Some will see this as a contradiction of the Bible’s doctrine of election, or predestination. In John 6:37, Jesus said, “All that the Father gives me will come to me.” This means that all who believe come to Christ because they were chosen by the Father and were given to his Son for salvation. Jesus affirms this teaching later in John 10. Speaking of the eternal security of his sheep, he comments that “my Father … has given them to me” (10:29). From these and many other clear passages in the Bible, we know that, as Paul writes of believers, God “chose us in [Christ] before the foundation of the world” (Eph. 1:4).

But if this is true, how can we teach that anyone may enter God’s fold through faith in Jesus? The answer is that the gospel is genuinely and freely offered to any and all. In the same verse where Jesus says, “All that the Father gives me will come to me,” he immediately adds, “Whoever comes to me I will never cast out” (John 6:37).

Is this a contradiction? The answer is No, because the two teachings present the gospel from two perspectives, one from the side of the divine decree and the other from the side of man’s opportunity.

The famous Bible expositor James Montgomery Boice tells of a woman who came to faith in Christ during a sermon preached by Donald Grey Barnhouse that dealt with these matters. Although the woman had been raised in a Christian home, she was kept from coming to Christ by worries that she was not one of the elect. Barnhouse helped her by putting it this way: “Imagine that the cross has a door in it. All you are asked to do is to go through. On one side, the side facing you, there is written an invitation: ‘Whosoever will, may come.’ You stand there with your sin upon you and wonder if you should enter or not. Finally you do, and as you do the burden of your sin drops away. You are safe and free. Joyfully you then turn around and see written on the backside of the cross, through which you have now entered, the words ‘Chosen in him before the foundation of the world.’ ” At this, Barnhouse invited those hearing to accept God’s invitation to enter through faith in Christ and thus to find that they were secure in God’s sovereign and eternal plan.

At this point, the woman came to Jesus through faith and entered into eternal life. For the rest of her life, she would say that it was understanding how a sovereign God freely offers salvation to sinners that enabled her to believe. Boice was able to relate this story with confidence, since the woman was his mother.

The same should be true for you. Do not exhaust your mind by wondering where you stand in God’s eternal plan. Instead, act on the invitation that God has presented to you, sealed in the blood of his own Son. “I am the door,” Jesus says. “If anyone enters by me, he will be saved” (John 10:9).

“Anyone” means anyone. It meant the Jewish people who cried out for Jesus’ crucifixion and mocked him on the cross, but to whom Peter preached the gospel so that many were saved. It means the quiet person who has never committed notorious sins but realizes that his heart has regularly broken God’s holy law. It means the person who has lived mainly for himself, using others and taking advantage of opportunities to sin. It means those who have dabbled with religion and toyed with the church but have never made a true commitment. It means you who are broken by the hardship of life but recognize in Jesus a Savior sent from God. It means those who have mocked God and reviled religion, but hear the Shepherd’s voice calling in their hearts. “If anyone enters by me, he will be saved,” Jesus offers you. If you are ever to be saved, it must be through faith in Christ, and there will never be a better time to enter through Christ than right now.

I Am, He Will

Jesus is the Good Shepherd, and his sheep enter his fold through faith in him. But what does it mean to enter Jesus’ flock? He explains with three promises: “He will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture” (John 10:9).

First, those who enter through Christ will be saved. The Bible presents many examples and illustrations that help us to understand how entering into Christ brings salvation.

One is Noah’s ark. God sent a great flood to destroy the earth and the entire wicked human race. The only exception was Noah and his family, since Noah trusted in God. God commanded Noah to build an ark, and when the rains began to fall, Noah entered in. This flood prefigured the final judgment, in which every person will stand before God and answer for his or her sins (see Rev. 20:11–15). Only those who have entered into salvation through faith in Christ will be saved to escape God’s holy wrath.

Another example is the cities of refuge established by God in the time of Moses. If an Israelite unintentionally killed a man, he would have to flee to escape the judgment of the man’s family. But God had established cities of refuge, and those who entered into these places were promised freedom from punishment. Likewise, we may flee into Christ and escape the vengeance of God’s justice against our sins.

Charles Spurgeon relates the story of some travelers on the Russian plains who were pursued by wolves. Their horses were rushing forward madly, with the savage beasts hot on their heels. They barely made it to some huts into which the travelers all rushed. Immediately, they could hear the wolves crashing against the sides and leaping on the roof, howling and thrashing, but they could not get in. Spurgeon writes, “Now, when a man is in Christ, he can hear, as it were, the devils howling like wolves, all fierce and hungry for him; and his own sins, like wolves, are seeking to drag him down to destruction. But he has got in to Christ, and that is such a shelter that all the devils in the world, if they were to come at once, could not [dislodge] a single beam of that eternal refuge.”

This answers the great question of life. One may escape tax collectors by fleeing the country. One may escape a bad reputation by leaving town. One may escape a harsh boss by changing jobs. But how can anyone escape the unyielding justice of a holy God in his wrath against our sins? Jesus answers: “I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved.” Jesus saves us by having fulfilled God’s law on our behalf and by dying as the Lamb of God to pay for the sins of his sheep. Through faith in his cross, we enter into a salvation that is made eternally secure by the precious blood of Christ.

The second blessing is made clear by the illustration of the door in the sheepfold. When the sheep entered in and the shepherd laid his body across the doorway, they were protected from every intruder. Likewise, those who enter in by Christ not only will be saved but also will be safe. This is the point of Jesus’ saying that the sheep “will go in and out” (John 10:9). This means that they will constantly live under the protection offered by their Good Shepherd.

Jesus was referring to an ancient prophecy by Moses. Shortly before his death, Moses said, “Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the congregation who shall go out before them and come in before them, who shall lead them out and bring them in, that the congregation of the Lord may not be as sheep that have no shepherd” (Num. 27:16–17). The point is that God would provide a Messiah through whom God’s people would always have a Shepherd to guide and protect them.

Sheep are the most helpless animals on the face of the earth, with no means of defending themselves. This depicts our spiritual vulnerability in a world of sin and evil. But those who enter in through Christ will not be left unguarded against spiritual attacks and the condemnation of sin, but are forever safe under his shepherding care. As Jesus goes on to say, “They will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand” (John 10:28).

Finally, the true sheep who answer Christ’s call and enter in by him will “find pasture” (John 10:9). This means that believers in Jesus not only will be saved and be safe, but also will be satisfied.

Do you fear that by committing yourself to Jesus, you will lose all the joy of living? Do you think that while gaining the life to come, you will lose the pleasures of this present life? If so, I would ask you to consider whether people in this world are really happy. You might know people who are committed to seeking pleasure through sinful and self-serving lifestyles. Are they really happy? Does their satiation produce satisfaction? And are sin’s pleasures making you happy and satisfied? Speaking of worldly pleasures, Jesus once said, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again” (John 4:13). Then he added, “But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (4:14).

The truth is, as Leon Morris put it, “The Christian life is an exuberant affair, full of the joy of the Lord and the power of the Holy Spirit.” Can you imagine a life in which God’s power is working in your heart for blessings? Can you deny what a joy it would be to grow in faith, hope, and love (1 Cor. 13:13)? Does not your spirit revel in the thought of having communion with God? What Jesus offers is very different from what the world offers, and what Jesus offers is the very best. His sheep “will go in and out and find pasture,” he says. “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:9–10).

If you have never come to Christ, these blessings of salvation, safety, and satisfaction provide every reason to enter in through simple faith. And if you are a believer, do you realize these blessings that are yours through Jesus? Do you have the peace of knowing that your soul is safe for all time, that death can only bring you into greater pleasure, and that whatever your present trials, Christ is with you to help, strengthen, and bless? If you know this, is it transforming your experience, so that your faith is bearing fruit in a harvest of worship and rejoicing? Every Christian has every reason to rejoice all the time, because he is saved, he is safe forever, and by feeding in the pastures of God’s Word, his heart will be satisfied.

What a Door Is For

When Jesus said, “I am the door,” he offered us entry through faith into the greatest life and the greatest destiny. But this great opportunity can be wasted if it is misused. A door is not there for you merely to look in and watch as others are blessed. A door is not there only to be admired. It might be possible to use a doorstep as a place to sit down. But none of these things is what a door is for.

Are you allowing yourself merely to watch the blessings of God in other people’s lives? Do you merely admire the obvious excellence of Jesus, without committing yourself to him? Have you come to his church merely to loiter but not to enter in? If so, then you will have wasted the greatest opportunity that anyone could ever offer. For when Jesus said, “I am the door,” he meant for you to enter that door by trusting in him. Have you done that? Will you do that now? If you enter in through him, you will be saved, your eternal destiny will be safe and secure, and as you feed on God’s blessing as one of his own beloved flock, your soul will find eternal satisfaction.[6]


9. I am the door. For the meaning of the statement, “I am the door,” see on 10:7.

Not only is Jesus the door to the sheep; he is also the door for the sheep. To some extent we have already explained verse 9. See pp. 101, 102. A few thoughts must be added. Jesus has just stated that his true followers refuse to listen to thieves and robbers. It is logical, therefore, to assume that when he now says, by me if anyone enters, he is still thinking of these same true followers. Note emphatic position of the phrase by me. There is no other entrance! Let 3:16 serve as commentary: faith in Christ as the Son of God is the only entrance-door. And this faith is full, personal trust in him and in his substitutionary atonement.

Jesus says, “By me if anyone enters, he will be saved. What does he mean when he says that such a person will be saved. This term is explained in verse 10. It means will be given life. The terms to be saved and to have life are used together here, just as in 3:16 and 3:17. From 3:16 we know that everlasting life is meant. See on that verse. And even if we did not have 3:16, 17, we would still have the commentary furnished us by 10:28. These sheep receive freedom from the guilt, the misery, and the punishment of sin. Abundance—the love of God shed abroad in their hearts, the peace of God that passes all understanding—is their portion, here in principle, by and by in perfection.—There is no good reason to restrict the meaning of the verb in this passage, as if it meant no more than, “he will be safe.” To be sure, safety is implied also in the words, and will go in and out; but this is only part of the meaning. Not only will he go in and out, i.e., experience perfect freedom from all real harm and danger, and this even in the small affairs of every-day living, and feel himself entirely at home in the daily routine of God’s people (see especially the beautiful words of Ps. 121:8), but in addition, he will find pasture; i.e., life and abundance, as the following verse indicates. The pasture which the true sheep finds in the study of the Word is certainly included.[7]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). John 1–11 (pp. 430–431). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Boice, J. M. (2005). The Gospel of John: an expositional commentary (pp. 741–746). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[3] Mounce, R. H. (2007). John. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Luke–Acts (Revised Edition) (Vol. 10, p. 502). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[4] Morris, L. (1995). The Gospel according to John (pp. 451–452). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[5] Michaels, J. R. (2010). The Gospel of John (pp. 583–584). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, UK: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[6] Phillips, R. D. (2014). John. (R. D. Phillips, P. G. Ryken, & D. M. Doriani, Eds.) (1st ed., Vol. 1, pp. 624–632). Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing.

[7] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Gospel According to John (Vol. 2, p. 109). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

Top coronavirus model significantly lowers total estimates of US deaths in new projection

A key coronavirus model has lowered its estimate of total U.S. deaths in its latest projection of how many will die due to the contagious virus — a move likely to fuel criticism from skeptics that initial projections were overblown, and one that government leaders may use to say that efforts to combat the spread are working..

Source: Top coronavirus model significantly lowers total estimates of US deaths in new projection

The WHO Lied, IHME Lied, Fauci Bought the Lies: Latest International Study Shows COVID-19 Mortality Rate at 0.2% Not 3.4% – Why Was The Gateway Pundit the Only One to Catch This? — The Gateway Pundit

One month ago on March 17th The Gateway Pundit reported:

REMEMBER: WHO leader, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, fomented a global panic when he claimed the COVID-19 had a 3.4% mortality rate and then compared that number to the annual estimated seasonal flu mortality rate of 0.1%.

As we reported in early March, the controversial Ethiopian politician and Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, claimed in a press conference on March 3rd that the fatality rate for the coronavirus was hundreds of times more deadly than the fatality rate of the common seasonal flu.

The Director General of the WHO spoke on March 3, 2020 and shared this related to the coronavirus:

While many people globally have built up immunity to seasonal flu strains, COVID-19 is a new virus to which no one has immunity. That means more people are susceptible to infection, and some will suffer severe disease.

Globally, about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 cases have died. By comparison, seasonal flu generally kills far fewer than 1% of those infected.

But the WHO’s claims about the coronavirus were completely inaccurate.

There have been several studies that show the mortality rate of the coronavirus is much closer to the seasonal flu than was being reported.

A eport by Justin Silverman and Alex Washberne on COVID-19 and featured in The Economist earlier this week found that the coronvirus is widespread in the US. The authors argue that 28 million Americans have or have had the coronavirus. If this study is accurate then the mortality rate of the coronavirus is 0.1%.

Another study by Stanford University researchers this week found that the Coronavirus is far more widespread than previously known and thus far less dangerous. The data indicated that there are between 50 to 80-fold more infections than confirmed cases.

And now another study was recently conducted in Scotland, Denmark and Finland. The results were published at CovModel.org.

The Infection Fatality Ratio (IFR) in Denmark is estimated 0.21%. The IFR is seven times lower are estimated for Finland and Scotland.

In March the world was fooled by the WHO and top researchers to believe the coronavirus was hundreds of times more dangerous than a seasonal flu.

This was the fault of the WHO, the Imperial College researchers, the extremely unreliable IHME and government officials like Dr. Tony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx.

Fauci and Birx urged President Trump to lockdown the US economy based on their faulty models and fraudulent information.

The Gateway Pundit called the bluff over a month ago.

via The WHO Lied, IHME Lied, Fauci Bought the Lies: Latest International Study Shows COVID-19 Mortality Rate at 0.2% Not 3.4% – Why Was The Gateway Pundit the Only One to Catch This? — The Gateway Pundit

Trump Says He’ll End Obama-Era Funding To Chinese Lab That May Have Spawned The Coronavirus | The Daily Caller

‘2015. Who was president then? I wonder.’

President Donald Trump said Friday he will end federal funding for the Wuhan Institute of Virology that some are claiming spawned the coronavirus.

At the daily coronavirus task force news conference, the president was asked why the National Institutes of Health would provide the Chinese laboratory with an annual $3.7 million dollar stipend to conduct research.

“The Obama administration gave them a grant of $3.7 million. I’ve been hearing about that. We’ve instructed that if any grants are going to that area, we are looking at it literally about an hour ago and also early in the morning,” Trump said. (RELATED: Tucker Carlson: ‘China Continues To Threaten The Rest Of Us With Wet Markets’)

“We will end the grant very quickly. It was granted quite a while ago. They were granted a substantial amount of money. We are going to look at it and take a look. But I understand it was a number of years ago. When did you hear the grant was made?”

The reporter informed the president that the funding was from 2015.

Trump noted the date and asked, “2015. Who was president then? I wonder.”

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) speaks to members of the media on Capitol Hill on October 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images)

Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz raised the issue of the funding earlier this week during an appearance on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

“I’m against funding Chinese research in our country, but I’m sure against funding it in China. The NIH gives this $3.7 million grant to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, they then advertise that they need coronavirus researchers and following that coronavirus erupts in Wuhan,” Gaetz explained. (RELATED: ‘Stop Eating Bats!’ Lindsey Graham Blasts Wet Markets, Calls on China’s President To ‘Crack Down’)

On Friday, Gaetz tweeted his gratitude to Trump and Health Secretary Alex Azar:  “Thank you President @realDonaldTrump and @SecAzar for committing to end this America Last grant given to labs in Wuhan by the Obama Administration!”

“The Obama administration gave them a grant of $3.7 million…we will end that grant very quickly.”

Thank you President @realDonaldTrump and @SecAzar for committing to end this America Last grant given to labs in Wuhan by the Obama administration! pic.twitter.com/hiubYx0X4K

— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) April 18, 2020

Reports claiming that the COVID-19 virus originated in the Wuhan lab and was released to the local community have gained traction in the last week.

Source: Trump Says He’ll End Obama-Era Funding To Chinese Lab That May Have Spawned The Coronavirus

These 5 jarring economic signals flashed red this past week — and they show just how quickly a recession is descending upon America | Business Insider

  • This week, many economic indicators released showed just how severe the damage of the coronavirus pandemic is on the US economy.
  • A US recession is a foregone conclusion for many economists. Now, they’re watching to see just how bad the economy gets in order to weigh a possible recovery.
  • Here are five economic indicators that flashed red this week.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

This week, a slew of data showed just how much the coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns to curb the spread of disease have damaged the US economy.

Many economic indicators released this week posted record slumps, fell to lows not seen in years or decades, or surpassed data from the Great Recession of 2007-2009.

“For awhile, we are going to be in territory that was just unthinkable,” Heidi Shierholz,a senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute, told Business Insider. In comparison to the Great Recession, the current situation is a much more rapid deterioration, she said.

For example, the worst weekly jobless claims report during the Great Recession showed fewer than 1 million Americans filed for unemployment insurance — now, the US is seeing sustained weeks of millions of claims. “We’re just in this extraordinary space,” Shierholz said.

The great lockdown

Over the course of the last four weeks, the US has shut down large parts of its economy to curb the spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. That’s meant banning nonessential businesses and asking consumers to stay at home and practice social-distancing.

For many economists, a US recession spurred by the coronavirus pandemic is a foregone conclusion. Many are forecasting staggering declines in US gross domestic product in the second quarter — JPMorgan economists are expecting a 40% drop. That could send the unemployment rate to 20% in the April jobs report, nearing the all-time high of 24.9% seen during the Great Depression.

Read more: A 47-year market vet explains why he sees the economy’s ‘super-cycle’ hurtling towards depression — and lays out his case for an 80% stock plunge later this year

There have been efforts by the government to effectively press pause on the US economy until it can eventually reopen. President Donald Trump signed a $2 trillion coronavirus relief act at the end of March that included expanded unemployment, aid for businesses, and direct $1,200 checks to many Americans. There is potentially more aid on the way — on Thursday, the Small Business Administration ran out of relief funding, having exhausted $349 billion in just two weeks.

The Federal Reserve has also gone beyond its Great Recession toolkit to provide support to state and local governments and more. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell has shown that the central bank has a “do whatever it takes” approach to boosting the US economy.

What will recovery look like?

Still, as more data is released, the dire situation in the US is becoming more clear. And, there could be more pain ahead as lockdowns continue. While President Trump said he’d offer guidelines for states to begin reopening economies, the entire country won’t be back in action at once. On Thursday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that the state’s stay-at-home order would be extended to May 15 instead of April 30.

Now, economists are watching to see just how bad the situation gets before the US can safely reopen its economy and begin a recovery. While President Trump has boasted of a quick rebound, economists aren’t so sure. It’s more likely any recovery will take a more gradual U-shape instead of a V-shape, especially if consumer spending remains depressed.

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“A V-shaped recovery is pretty low on my list likely outcomes,” Seth Carpenter, chief US economist at UBS, told Business Insider. When the worst is over, the US will go back to growth, but it will be “tepid because you’re balancing out the natural instinct of a rebound with a bunch of caution from the households and businesses,” he said.

Here’s all the economic data released this week that show the full impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the US:

1. Retail Sales

US retail sales fell a record 8.7% in March, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. The previous record slump for any month was a 3.8% fall in November 2008.

The decline in retail sales came as the coronavirus pandemic and strict bans of nonessential business froze consumer wallets. Clothing and accessories led the fall, down 50.5% from the previous month. Furniture sales dropped nearly 27%, restaurant sales fell 26.5%, and motor vehicles and parts slipped 25.6%. Sporting goods, hobby, and book stores, gas stations, and other miscellaneous retailers also posted double-digit declines in just one month.

Food and beverage stores were one bright spot, gaining 25.6% from February, as US consumers stocked up on supplies for the coronavirus lockdown.

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2. Industrial Production

Industrial production and manufacturing output posted their largest declines this month since 1946, the Federal Reserve said in a Wednesday report. Manufacturing output fell 6.3% in March, while total industrial production fell 5.4%.

The decline was led by motor vehicle output, which slid 28% in March, according to the report. Utilities fell 3.9%, while mining output slumped 2% in the month. Across market groups, all recorded declines in March, the report showed.

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3. Jobless Claims

US weekly jobless claims were 5.2 million for the week ending April 11, the Labor Department said in a Thursday report. Claims declined slightly from the previous week, when 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment insurance.

While this showed a positive declining trend, it brought the four-week total of displaced American workers filing for unemployment to 22.03 million. That means that coronavirus-related layoffs have effectively erased the 22 million jobs that the US economy added since the post-Great Recession recovery starting in mid-2009.

Read more: Morgan Stanley handpicks the 18 best US stocks to buy now while they’re cheap to enjoy profits for years to come

 

4. Housing Starts

US housing starts plummeted by 22.3% in March, the Commerce Department announced Thursday. The decline is the largest since 1984.

It shows that the housing market has deteriorated rapidly amid the coronavirus pandemic. Homebuilders had been operating at decade highs as recently as January before the global health crisis forced business closures and outsized job loss, and signaled a likely recession would soon hit the US.

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5. Consumer Sentiment

The University of Michigan’s consumer-sentiment index plunged by 18.1 points, to 71, in early April, according to preliminary data released April 9. Over the past two months, the index has slumped 30 points, roughly 50% larger than the record.

“The free-fall in confidence would have been worse were it not for the expectation that the infection and death rates from covid-19 would soon peak and allow the economy to restart,” Richard Curtin, the chief economist for the Surveys of Consumers, said in a statement.

Source: These 5 jarring economic signals flashed red this past week — and they show just how quickly a recession is descending upon America

Franklin Graham: Democrats Exploit Coronavirus to ‘Defeat Donald Trump in the Election’

The Democrat Party is attempting to exploit the coronavirus pandemic to defeat Donald Trump in the November election, evangelical leader Franklin Graham stated on Twitter Friday.

Source: Franklin Graham: Democrats Exploit Coronavirus to ‘Defeat Donald Trump in the Election’

China and WHO acted maliciously, tried to deceive the world — Christian Research Network

“Intelligence operatives are said to be gathering information about the laboratory and the initial outbreak of the virus. Intelligence analysts are piecing together a timeline of what the government knew and “creating an accurate picture of what happened,” the sources said.”

(Julia Musto – Fox News)  China and the World Health Organization’s (WHO) attempts to knowingly deceive the world on the threat of coronavirus were malicious and will see swift retribution, Foreign Affairs journalist Gordon Chang said Saturday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends Weekend” with hosts Jillian Mele, Griff Jenkins, and Pete Hegseth, Chang explained that the WHO has been bolstering China’s story from the very beginning.

“And, by the way…there is a lot of evidence that suggests this comes from the lab. A January 24th article from The Lancet — which is the authoritative British medical journal — said that many of the initial coronavirus cases did not come from the wet market, which is China’s theory,” he stated. “Well, if they didn’t come from the wet market, they had to have come from the lab.” View article →

via China and WHO acted maliciously, tried to deceive the world — Christian Research Network

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NY Gov. Cuomo on Coronavirus Stats: ‘We Brought The Number Down. God Did Not Do That.’   Apr 15, 2020 04:29 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. — Concerns are being raised after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in speaking on the apparent plateauing of COVID-19 cases in the state, said on Monday that “God did not do that” but human effort in social distancing. He repeated his view on Tuesday, stating, “God did not stop the spread of the virus” but men’s behavior. While emphasizing that…

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Ky. Gov. on Easter Services: ‘We Are Going to Record License Plates … Come to Your Door With Order to Be Quarantined’   Apr 11, 2020 02:54 pm

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear warned churchgoers and others on Friday that if they attend an in-person Easter “mass gathering,” their license plate will be recorded and sent to local health departments, and a representative from the health department will then come to their door and advise that they will be required to quarantine for two…

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Va. Governor Ralph Northam ‘Proud’ to Sign Bill Into Law Making Abortion Access Easier in State   Apr 15, 2020 12:26 pm

RICHMOND, Va. — The Democratic governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, has signed into a law a bill that repeals several abortion regulations in the state, making it easier for women to end the lives of their unborn children. “No more will legislators in Richmond — most of whom are men — be telling women what they should and should not be doing with their…

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NY Gov. Cuomo: ‘Worship Services’ Are ‘Canceled,’ According to Guidance Document   Apr 17, 2020 12:43 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. — A guidance document from Empire State Development outlines that in-person church gatherings “of any size,” including house church meetings, are “canceled or postponed,” as per an executive order from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, until the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency. “Pursuant to Executive Order 202.10, all non-essential gatherings of…

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Ky. Troopers Carry Out Gov. Beshear’s Order to Record License Plates, Place Notices on Churchgoers’ Windshields   Apr 13, 2020 11:14 am

HILLVIEW, Ky. (Louisville Courier Journal/USA Today) — As hymns sang out Easter Sunday from a large outdoor speaker overlooking the Maryville Baptist Church parking lot, two Kentucky State troopers placed quarantine notices on parishioners’ cars and wrote down their license numbers. Inside the church, roughly 50 worshipers ignored Gov. Andy Beshear’s order…

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Seven Nigerian Christians Burnt to Death Among 19 Dead as Fulani Militants Attack During Covid-19 Lockdown   Apr 15, 2020 01:27 pm

(Barnabas Aid) — Seven vulnerable older Christians, unable to flee as hundreds Fulani militants attacked their village in Plateau State, Nigeria during the national Covid-19 lockdown were burnt to death in their homes. More than 300 gunmen descended on the Christian village of Hukke, near Jos, in the early hours of April 2, setting fire to at least 23 homes. The…

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‘I Thank God … for Giving Me Another Chance’: 60-Year-Old COVID-19 Survivor Credits God for Her Recovery   Apr 11, 2020 05:46 pm

DOUGLAS, Ga. (WALB) — A South Georgia family is celebrating after their loved one survived COVID-19. Barbara Killiebrew, 60, got a hero’s escort home from the hospital by the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office. Even though she was not able to see her family, Barbara said she did not feel as if she was alone. “The sheriff and everything got together,…

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‘Unimaginable’ Pain: Michigan Woman’s Husband and Son — Her Whole Family — Die of Coronavirus   Apr 14, 2020 01:28 pm

Grand Blanc, Mich. (The Detroit News) — Sandy Brown tried to calm her son, Freddie, alone and scared in a hospital intensive care unit. His father had died a few days earlier. Freddie, just 20, was worried he would die, too. Talking on FaceTime throughout the night, Sandy recited Scripture and tried to slow his breathing. She sang spiritual songs to coax…

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Pastor, 10-Year-Old Boy and Two Other Christians Killed in Plateau State, Nigeria   Apr 11, 2020 04:17 pm

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Muslim Fulani herdsmen in north-central Nigeria on Tuesday (April 7) killed a pastor and three members of his congregation, including a 10-year-old boy, sources said. In an attack on Ngbra Zongo village, near Miango in Plateau State’s Bassa County, the herdsmen shot and killed Matthew Tagwai, pastor of an Evangelical Church…

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Lawsuit Filed Against City of Greensboro, NC for Citing, Arresting Christians Praying Outside Abortion Facility   Apr 14, 2020 06:34 pm

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A lawsuit has been filed against the City of Greensboro, North Carolina and Guilford County after a number of Christians were recently cited and arrested for praying outside an abortion facility. The religious liberties organization Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed the suit on Tuesday after first attempting via written correspondence to…

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Weekend Snapshot · Apr. 18, 2020 – Top Stories This Week

Patriots’ Day 2020

In 1775, American militiamen at Lexington and Concord fired the opening volley for American Liberty.


The Trump Administration’s Path Back to Prosperity

Guidelines include “gating criteria” and three phases for restoring the U.S. economy.


22 Million Jobless Claims, but Hope Lies Ahead

Another staggering week of economic malaise, though some indications are good.


Mr. President, Don’t Be the Poster Child for CV19 Misery

There are three reasons the president is at high risk of bearing blame for the current economic crisis.


IRS Botches Relief Payments

From missing information to delays and wrong payments, it’s your government at work.


Dems Block Additional Money for Small Businesses

Pelosi and Schumer play partisan politics while small businesses struggle to stay afloat.


Leftmedia Reversal: China Virus Lab Origin Maybe Not Conspiracy Theory

The Washington Post backtracks, admitting there is increasing support for the claim.


U.S. Businesses Walking Away From China

American companies are finally making decisions that we think were long overdue.


Destroying Our Republic in Order to Save It?

There are a lot of questions arising from the drastic response to the China Virus.


Michigan Residents Protest Extreme Lockdown Orders

The pandemic-induced shutdown and infringement of Liberty has tension boiling over.


Dems Picked Biden; Now They’re Stuck With Him

The herd of presidential candidates thinned until the only one left was a crazy old white guy.


NYT Covers for Biden’s Alleged Sexual Assault

It took 19 days to cover an abuse allegation, and the paper made campaign-dictated edits.


‘Mrs. America’ Grossly Smears Phillis Schlafly, Conservative Women

True to Hollywood, a new Hulu miniseries makes a villain out of a true feminine hero.



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April 18 Spiritual Aspirin

Nehemiah 8:10

The joy of the Lord is your strength.

Doctors speak of the “threshold of pain,” the level of awareness at which a person feels pain. Some people have a high threshold; others have a very low threshold. When you take an aspirin, it has no effect on your physical problem. All it does is raise your pain threshold so that you must experience more pain before you are aware of it. The aspirin makes you feel better because you don’t feel how bad you feel.

Joy is like that. Happiness and joy are spiritual aspirin. When you are filled with the joy of the Lord, the hurts around you don’t touch you so quickly.

I have found that psychologically music raises my threshold of pain. On days when I am discouraged, I’ll go home, turn on the stereo, and begin to listen to music. God uses that to assuage my soul and bring me out of pain. Is it any wonder that Saul required David to come and play for him on the harp to bring him out of his depression? That’s what music can do in our hearts.[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 113). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

William Lane Craig debates atheist Lawrence Krauss: Does God Exist?

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Here is the video from the third debate from Dr. William Lane Craig’s speaking tour in Australia.

Format:

  • William Lane Craig (15 min)
  • Lawrence Krauss (15 min, but was actually 21:40)
  • Moderated discussion
  • Question and answer

Dr. Graham Oppy, the moderator, is a well-known atheist philosopher. He let Dr. Krauss speak for 21 minutes and 40 seconds, which is why my summary of Krauss is so long.

The video:

Summary

After careful consideration, I decided not to be snarky at all in this summary. What you read below is what happened. There may be some small mistakes, but I will fix those if people tell me about them. I also included some quotes and timestamps for the more striking things that Dr. Krauss said.

The debate itself starts at 4:50 with Dr. Craig’s opening speech. He does use…

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April 18 Life-Changing Moments With God

I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren.

Lord God, Moses stood between You and Your people at that time, to declare to them Your word; for they were afraid. You are the one God, and there is one Mediator between You and men, the Man Christ Jesus.

Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth. Jesus, You invite me to take Your yoke upon myself and learn from You, for You are gentle and lowly in heart, and I find rest for my soul. May this mind be in me which was also in You, Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Yourself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.

Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward, but You, Christ, are faithful as a Son over God’s house, whose house I am part of if I hold fast to the confidence and rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.

Lord Jesus, enable me to follow Your example of humble service.

Deuteronomy 18:18; Deuteronomy 5:5; 1 Timothy 2:5; Numbers 12:3; Matthew 11:29; Philippians 2:5–7; Hebrews 3:5–6[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 121). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

April 18 Thoughts for the quiet hour

Lo, I am with you all the days

Matt. 28:20 (R.V., margin)

“All The Days”—in winter days, when joys are fled; in sunless days, when the clouds return again and again after rain; in days of sickness and pain; in days of temptation and perplexity, as much as in days when the heart is as full of joy as the woodlands in spring are full of song. That day never comes when the Lord Jesus is not at the side of His saints. Lover and friend may stand afar, but He walks with them through the fires; He fords with them the rivers; He stands by them when face to face with the lion. We can never be alone. We must always add His resources to our own when making our calculations.

F. B. Meyer[1]

 

[1] Hardman, S. G., & Moody, D. L. (1997). Thoughts for the quiet hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing.

Trump defunded WHO – next up should be the U.N. | WND

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By Gavin Wax

It is magnificent to see President Trump call for a complete and total shutdown of U.S. funding of the World Health Organization until we can figure out what the hell is going on. Now he must do the same for the whole United Nations behemoth.

The “Chinese Health Organization,” as Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso calls WHO, has a long track record of being political and corruptible.

In 2017, WHO’s director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, made murderous Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe a goodwill ambassador before rescinding the appointment under backlash.

It’s no surprise, then, that Tedros reacted with fearmongering to Trump’s Tuesday announcement that he would halt funding of the United Nations agency.

“If you don’t want many more body bags, then you refrain from politicizing it,” Tedros said.

The arrogance is almost too much to stomach.

The American taxpayer is responsible for 22% of the WHO 2020-21 fiscal year budget, an astounding $236.9 million. For comparison, China volunteered about half of that, just $129 million. According to Forbes, $3.5 billion in U.S. taxes have gone to the WHO in the last decade alone. The U.S. also funds about 22% of the U.N.’s budget.

Before Trump’s defunding decision, the whole world witnessed undeniable evidence of the politicization of the World Health Organization. The shocking moment took place when WHO’s COVID-19 response leader, Canadian epidemiologist Bruce Aylward, appeared to disconnect his Skype connection with Hong Kong reporter Yvonne Tong.

In the viral news clip, Tong persists in asking whether WHO might consider granting Taiwan membership status. It doesn’t take a body-language expert to notice Aylward’s discomfort at the question, one the Chinese prefer to go unaddressed.

Aylward goes silent for nearly 10 seconds before Tong asks, “Hello?”

“I’m sorry, I can’t hear you. I couldn’t hear your question, Yvonne,” Aylward stutters before interrupting Tong to say, “No, that’s OK, let’s move to another one then.”

Trump is not alone in his criticism of the WHO; he’s just the only one willing to actually do something about it. In 2017, the London School of Economics and Political Science noted many “structural concerns that need to be addressed if the WHO is to continue in the role the global health community expects it to play.”

Now, all patriots should ask Trump not to treat the U.N. with kid gloves any longer. It is, after all, the creator of the WHO and is abdicating its authority in properly regulating it.

Some Trump supporters may not want too much more to be asked of the president at this time of economic calamity and, oh yeah, a presidential election.

However, Trump only needs to finish what his administration started its first week in power. In January 2017, two executive orders were drafted for “at least a 40 percent overall” cut in U.N. funding, the New York Times reported. They were never finalized or signed.

In April 2017, Trump spoke at a luncheon of the U.N. Security Council ambassadors.

“I have long felt the United Nations is an underperformer but has tremendous potential. There are those people that think it’s an underperformer and will never perform,” he said.

If any potential remains, it is declining as long as the status quo is secured. The anxiety surrounding the U.N. and other international bodies prior to Trump’s election and inauguration has subsided.

Remember that the U.S. pays 22% of the U.N.’s budget. But that’s just its regular budget, not including other agencies the US supports, including the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Food and Agriculture Organization.

The IAEA receives $200 million annually from the U.S., about 25 percent of its budget. China, the next largest provider, gives less than half that.

The FAO takes in some $290 million yearly from the United States, over 29% of its annual budget. It produces silly hashtag activism articles like this: “6 ways indigenous peoples are helping the world achieve #Zero Hunger.”

Additionally, the U.S. covers some 30% of the U.N.’s “peacekeeping” missions. How’d that work out in Rwanda, Sri Lanka and Sudan?

In his unprecedented 2016 campaign, Trump keenly observed exactly what Americans have long known, that the United Nations is a boondoggle. It forces this country into a position diametrically opposed to putting America first.

Necessary action has yet to be taken to secure America’s independence from these globalist bureaucracies. What better time than now, amid a crisis of foreign origin, for Trump to knock his naysayers back on their heels?

To truly push back against China and the World Health Organization, Trump should aim at the U.N. If he lets this moment pass by, another one may never come again.


Gavin Wax is president of the New York Young Republican Club, chair of the Association of Young Republican Clubs, an associate fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, a frequent guest on Fox News and publisher of The Schpiel. You can follow him on Twitter at @GavinWax.

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