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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-Our Eternal Security

by Robert Brock

Wednesday, May 29

Our Eternal Security

John 10:28-30

“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish,” John 10:28.

Have you ever tried obtaining information about your account on the Internet and had to deal with security blocks? The first thing the company wants to know is your user name. Most likely you have forgotten your user name long ago. The agent gives you steps to reset your user name. You receive the secret security code to insert in the little box. You change your user name, and they fire back, “That name is already used by one of our customers.” You have no doubt you are that customer. Then, pretending to help, the agent asks you for your current email address. He tells you, “That email address is already in use, try another email address. He asks for your password which you do not remember. He leads you through the same procedure and asks you to change your password, only to find out that someone else already has that password.

The only user name and password that guarantees eternal security in Heaven is Jesus Christ. “For there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). “No man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).

THOUGHT: Rest easy, no one is able to take you out of the Father’s hand. He is greater than all.

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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-Jesus Was Always in Control

by Robert Brock

Jesus Was Always in Control

John 10:14-18

“Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father,” John 10:17, 18.

The glory of this passage is Christ’s motive for laying down His life that He might “take it again.” In the Garden of Gethsemane He was not helpless. The multitude of soldiers “went backward, and fell to the ground” (John 18:6). He volunteered to go with them. He could have called “twelve legions of angels” (Matthew 26:53) to protect Him. But, He did not. Even on the cross, He was not helpless. He laid down His life voluntarily with full knowledge that He would rise again after the agony. “But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: for as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matthew 12:39, 40).

Jesus controls His kingdom work on earth through His churches by the power of the Holy Spirit.

THOUGHT: When God saw Jesus come out of the tomb, He saw you and me come forth from the grave. All the promises of our eternity with God rest on His cross and resurrection. We are accepted in the beloved because He was in charge of the entire plan of redeeming the creation back to His Father.

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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-Jesus, Shepherd for All Who Believe

 

by Wally Fry

John 10:12-16

“And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd” John 10:16

Jesus is the Good Shepherd. Just like any shepherd, He will take care of our needs and keep us safe from danger. Just like sheep, we should follow our Good Shepherd. The audience Jesus was talking to here would have understood that reference pretty clearly; in this case, Jesus went even further and informed them that He Himself was the shepherd being referred to. He also took the reference in a completely new direction. Speaking to a Jewish audience, Jesus referred to sheep, “which are not of this fold.”

Here Jesus made one of his earliest allusions to the fact that salvation was not just for the Jews, but for the whole world! Whether or not the Jews He was speaking to understood this or not is an open question, but the fact that He came to save the entire world is not. If the Jews had fully understood that, they would have been shocked. To them, being God’s chosen people meant by default that non-Jews, the Gentiles were NOT chosen.

Even today, we often have a tendency to think some are not called by our Lord, or even worthy of His call. This is simply not true. Jesus wants all the sheep of the world, those lost in sin and wandering aimlessly, to be part of His flock. No matter who we are, where we are or what our backgrounds are He will be our shepherd and lead us safely to eternity if we only hear His voice and respond.

Jesus-Shepherd for All Who Believe

john 10_16

John 10:12-16

Jesus is the Good Shepherd. Just like any shepherd, He will take care of our needs and keep us safe from danger. Just like sheep, we should follow our Good Shepherd. The audience Jesus was talking to here would have understood that reference pretty clearly; in this case Jesus went even further and informed then that He Himself was the shepherd being referred to. He also took the reference in a completely new direction. Speaking to a Jewish audience, Jesus referred to sheep, “which are not of this fold.”

Here Jesus made one of his earliest allusions to the fact that salvation was not just for the Jews, but for the whole world! Whether or not the Jews He was speaking to understood this or not is an open question, but the fact that He came to save the entire world is not. If the Jews had fully understood that, they would have been shocked. To them, being God’s chosen people meant by default that non-Jews, the Gentiles were NOT chosen.

Even today, we often have a tendency to think some are not called by our Lord, or even worthy of His call. This is simply not true. Jesus wants all the sheep of the world, those lost in sin and wandering aimlessly, to be part of His flock. No matter who we are, where we are or what our backgrounds are He will be our shepherd and lead us safely to eternity if we only hear His voice and respond.

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