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“I am the good Shepherd”

Who among us is qualified to frame estimates of His excellencies that are eternal, or to appraise the value of His virtues? The Gospels give us glimpse of the sweetness of His sympathy, as He wept with the sorrowing; the kindness of His care, as He sought the lost sheep; the tenderness of His touch, as He raised the widow of Nain’s son; and the gentleness of His grace, as He stood still in answer to the plea of a blind beggar at Jericho; but how little a portion is known of Him (Job 26.14).

When our Lord linked the “I am” title to His claim by saying, “I am the good Shepherd,” He was declaring Himself to be the continuous one continually, the One who always will be. This feature bespeaks His omnipresence. His knowledge of the names of all stars (Isa. 40.26), as the Shepherd of the same (Isa. 40.11,27), and of all His sheep, which is twice affirmed (John 10.3,14), constitutes a witness to His complete comprehension and betokens His omniscience. His statement concerning the security of His hand and of His Father, attests His omnipotence.

This threefold cord of His omnipresence, omniscience, and omnipotence overwhelmingly assure guidance, sustenance, and maintenance for His sheep everlastingly. He Himself said, “They shall never perish” (John 10.28).

C. J. Rolls  

                              “Eu sunt Pastorul Cel Bun”

    Care dintre noi are capacitatea de a masura calitatile Lui eterne sau a aprecia virtutile Lui? Evangheliile ne ofera cate o privire fugara asupra compasiunii Lui atunci cand a plans cu durere; asupra bunatatii cu care El Se ingrijeste atunci cand cauta oaia pierduta; asupra tandretei atingerii Sale cand l-a inviat pe fiul vaduvei din Nain; si a bunavointei harului Sau cand El S-a oprit ca raspuns la cererea orbului cersetor de la Ierihon Dar despre El cunoastem o atat de mica parte! (Iov 26.14).

    Cand Domnul nostru a asociat titlul Sau de “Eu sunt” cu “Pastorul Cel Bun,” El Se declara a fi Acelasi etern pentru eternitate. Aceasta trasatura ne spune despre omniprezenta Lui, cum El cunoaste pe nume toate stelele (Isaia 40.26), cum El este Pastorul lor (Isaia 40. 11,27) si al tuturor oilor Sale, despre care avem in doua randuri afirmat (Ioan 10.3,14), iar faptul acesta constituie o marturie a omniscientei Sale. Declaratia Lui cu privire la siguranta pe care o confera mana Sa si aceea a Tatalui atesta omnipotenta Lui.

    Aceasta funie din trei fire: omniprezenta, omniscienta si omnipotenta asigura indrumare, mijloace de subzistenta si sustin pentru totdeauna oile Sale. El Insusi a spus: “Nu vor pieri, niciodata” (Ioan 10.28).

C. J. Rolls Traducere de fr Horia Azimioara.


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THE ENEMY OF THE CROSS ARE HIRELING AND NOT A GOOD SHEPHERD. THEY ARE INTO THE MINISTRY BY WHAT THEY CAN MAKE OUT OF IT; AND DID NOT HAVE THE BEST INTEREST OF THE SHEEPS IN THEIR MIND. CHRIST SAID IN John 10:11-13: “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep”.

THE HIRELING ARE ONLY MOTIVATED BY THE MATERIALISM. THEY ARE ALWAYS PREOCCUPY WITH PHILOSOPHICAL THEORY THAT REGARDS OR FOCUS ON MATERIALS OBJECTS OR WORLDLY COMFORTS RATHER THAN THE SPIRITUALITY OF THE MINISTRY. WE ARE BESEECHED AND EXHORT IN Colossians 3:1-4: “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory”.

THE ENEMY OF THE CROSS ARE THOSE WHOM THEIR BELLY HAS BECOME THEIR GOD. According to Apostle Paul in “Philippians 3:18-19:(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)”

THE ENEMY OF THE CROSS ARE THOSE THAT COME WITH ENTICING WORDS OF MAN WISDOMS. Romans 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 2:4 :And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

THE ENEMY OF THE CROSS ARE ALWAYS WITH THE NOTION OF MERCHANDISING THE SHEEP ENTRUSTED INTO THEIR CARE. 2 Peter 2:3-4:And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment. THE LORD OUR GOD BESEECHED US IN Colossians 2:4,8 :And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 2 Peter 2:18:For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.

THE TRUE SHEPHERD WILL GO AFTER THEIR FLOCKS WHEN THE WOLF COMES AFTER THEM. THEY DON’T USED THE WORD OF GOD DECEITFULLY. 2 Peter 2:18:For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. 2 Corinthians 2:17:For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ. 1 Timothy 6:5-6: Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.But godliness with contentment is great gain. 1 Thessalonians 2:3-8 :For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile: But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts. For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness:Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.

But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, “2 Timothy 2:15-16 (KJV)
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.”

For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

THE ENEMY OF THE CROSS ARE THE WOLFS IN SPIRIT AND PUTING ON SHEEPS SKIN. THEY ARE FALSE PROPHETS. Jeremiah 14:14-15 :Then the Lord said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.Therefore thus saith the Lord concerning the prophets that prophesy in my name, and I sent them not, yet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land; By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed. Lamentations 2:14:Thy prophets have seen vain and foolish things for thee: and they have not discovered thine iniquity, to turn away thy captivity; but have seen for thee false burdens and causes of banishment.

THE LORD GOD OUR GOD KNOWETH HOW TO DELIVER THE RIGHTEOUS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF THE WOLFS THAT ARE PREYING ON THE FLOCKS OF GOD. ” 2 Peter 2:9-10 :The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they , selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities”. These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it , to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.2Pet2:12-22.

THE BIBLE MADE IT KNOWN TO US THAT THE ENEMY OF THE CROSS WERE MAINLY MOTIVATED BY THEIR SELFISH MOTIVES. Micah 3:11:The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the Lord , and say, Is not the Lord among us? none evil can come upon us.

Isaiah 56:11 :Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.

Jeremiah 6:13:For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.

Ezekiel 13:19:And will ye pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to my people that hear your lies?

Malachi 1:10 :Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought ? neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the Lord of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand.

Jude 1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.


Jeremiah 30:16-17 :Therefore all they that devour thee shall be devoured; and all thine adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity; and they that spoil thee shall be a spoil, and all that prey upon thee will I give for a prey. For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord ; because they called thee an Outcast, saying , This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.

Isaiah 49:23-26:And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord : for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me. Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered? But thus saith the Lord , Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children. And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the Lord am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.


by Oyenuga Kunle Johnson Matthew on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 4:05am

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