“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice” (Jn 10:1-4)
Christ’s children are “precious to [him], so precious that he knows them by name” (Steve Lawson, Foundations of Grace278). God never rescued his children without knowing who his children were. His sheep were blind and wandering and crooked and sinful, but Christ already knew them by name before the foundation of the world. This is the gospel . . . “But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.”
Our only hope was Jesus calling his sheep to enter his sheepfold. Any other teaching that does not grant that salvation rests in God’s loving sovereign choice is like the man who “climbs in by another way.”
It it should be our joy to know our Shepherd well.