Hearing Jesus’ voice

“Most assuredly I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold through the door, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber. But he who enters through the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and he leads them out. And whenever he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, because they know his voice. But they will by no means follow a stranger, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”

(John 10:1-5)

What is the nature of the Shepherd’s voice? Simply, if you know you are saved by the shed blood of this Shepherd, Jesus Christ the Lamb of God, with the PROOF that you love the brethren (which is the main proof you’re saved – 1 John 3:14) then you’ve heard His voice and heeded His voice AND you’ve rejected all other “voices” – the voices of “strangers”.

Q. “Hey, I didn’t hear any voices??”

A. What kind of voice were you expecting to hear?

The nature of His voice always has, at the least, 2 aspects:

a) The hearing of His voice is a transaction of faith. To hear an audible voice requires no faith.

b) The hearing of His voice involves and engages our understanding – particularly our understanding of His nature, character and way; otherwise it’s of no eternal value concerning our character – conforming us to Christ. Compare/contrast with remote controlling a robot.

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