Friday, September 23, 2016

John 10:3 (KJV) The Porter?

John 10:3 (KJV)
To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. 
John Gill writes plainly, “There is nothing in the explanation of this parable given by Christ, that directs to the sense of this clause;” He then goes on to give us what this could not mean. Concerning the identity of the porter:
  • “It could not be Michael the Archangel
  • It could not be the Virgin Mary
  • It could not be Apostle Peter
  • It could not be Moses
  • It could not be preachers
It must therefore be either God the Father or else God the Holy Spirit.”
In a bit of a contrast, Jamieson, Fausset and Brown writes, “…it is better not to give the allusion a more specific interpretation…”
I am inclined in this case to agree with the later. This passage is a parable.
  • Sheep
  • Sheepfolds and 
  • Shepherds 
Some parts of the parable are obvious to interpret. Some parts are given specific interpretation. Some parts of the parable are not necessarily meant to be interpreted to specifically.
  • The Shepherd is Christ. He has free access to the sheepfold, no thing or no one preventing Him.
  • The sheep are people; in this case the saved
  • The sheepfold is heaven
But the porter? I don’t know.
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John 10:3 (KJV) The Porter?

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1 comment:

  1. I believe that either God the Father or Christ could be in reference.