MY SHEEP KNOW MY VOICE AND WILL FOLLOW NO OTHER
THE VOICE OF CHRIST WITHIN YOUR RENEWED SPIRIT IS THE PERFECT ASSURANCE OF YOUR SALVATION. To say you are a Christian without the kind of personal relationship that this truth declares is to be deceived. His sheep know Him, love Him, hear His voice, and follow Him with absolute joy. Anything less is religion, not Christianity. Let’s listen again to His precise words for clarity: “But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers”. (John 10:2-5) This is Biblical salvation and discipleship at the highest level.
There are three great personalities in this wonderful text. The first is the “Shepherd.” I think of the song, “Tell Me the Story of Jesus,” when I think of the Shepherd: “Tell me the story of Jesus. Write on my heart every word. Tell me the story most precious, sweetest that ever I have heard.” This Shepherd is the “Pearl of Great Price,” the matchless and eternal Son that came out of His eternal fellowship with His Father just to die that I might know Him.
The second personality is the “Porter” at the door of the sheepfold. The Porter is the Holy Ghost who opened the door for Him to come down and now opens the door for me to know Him. He cannot be revealed to me within my spirit and life without the Spirit opening my heart. Sin has blinded us, bound us, and wants to destroy us. The Holy Spirit comes like a flood and opens our eyes to know His new life if we are willing.
Now the sheep are the entire purpose of this revelation. There are several principles that determine our knowledge of His graces in our lives. First, His revelation to us is for our salvation and our walk in the light which He gives. You cannot hear His words for others until you hear His words for yourself. You must spend a great amount of time just learning and listening for yourself. His light comes to light your way along the Godly path. You cannot find it through your flesh or your own wisdom.
Secondly, His voice arrives out of His Holy Scriptures. If the Bible is rejected or ignored, nothing will be revealed. When you shut your Bible, you lock the mouth of His Holy Spirit in your life. Apostle Paul was quick to say, “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”.(Ephesians 6:17) The Holy Ghost will make the truth of the Holy Book a fire in your life. Search it until His words and His voice blend together. Do not be satisfied just to study the Bible, but believe Him to give spiritual life to His revelation.
Please remember to try every voice of men and every voice of the spirit world as you follow Him. We are warned of many voices in our world, and you are responsible to try them for truth. The human imagination is a deep pit, and Satan’s spirit world will tantalize your flesh to deceive your mind. The Bible always gives plain truth and needs no interpretation. Watch anyone that tries to give you their own opinion of a given scripture. There is no such thing as a private interpretation. Every word of the Bible is plain truth when kept in context.
There are two sermons on the audio of this message, and the second part of the sermon is very important to this truth. You are a temple of Christ and for Christ. Your very flesh is where He desires to reveal Himself, but it must be a sanctified flesh, not a carnal mess.
You are His temple! That temple is a trinity created in the mysterious image of the Triune God. You are a fleshly body, but you are also a soul and a spirit. The world knows nothing but the flesh and is living only for the flesh. This is the very reason there is a downward descent into the quagmire of filth. The flesh that ignores the soul and spirit cannot do less than live the cheap life of selfishness. The flesh only relates to the world where it inhabits.
But the soul of man is the personality and when understood, can change the dark direction of the flesh. There are many good people that do not understand this from a Biblical perspective, yet are committed to a decent life. We call them “good moral people” and see them as respectful and as good neighbors. I remember as a boy listening with Dad and Mom to the Grand Ole Opera, and a song I often heard was “Where the Soul Never Dies.” When the soul is redeemed and sanctified, you will see a real saint of God.
The great highlight of our person is the spirit from the Creator. This is the gift of God that enables man to know and hear the voice of the Shepherd. The spirit is dead, pushed off in the recesses of the flesh in the unconverted person. The absolute necessity for every person is to be “Born Again” because that is when this spirit of man is renewed and resurrected in the flesh and soul. Until this happens, regardless of how religious you may be, you are lost and will be damned forever. Jesus said it, “Ye must be born again”. (John 3:7b)
This miracle of miracles is the only answer to this dead church world. “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost”. (Titus 3:5) The Spirit of Life from God is the very reason you are breathing right now. The sorrow is that the world only wants life to breathe and to do their own thing. The inner man or the spirit of life is crying for relief. This is why man is incurably religious. The spirit is yearning for the Life of God, but it is only found in Jesus Christ, God’s Son. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name”. (John 1:12)
Conclusion! If you do not know His voice, you are lost. He said it, “And the sheep follow him for they know his voice”. (John 10:4b) The spirit within you is a hollow voice until you allow Christ to come in and by His Spirit regenerate life. This is the “Born Again” experience. There is no question that this is available to one and all. God did not create you to be an atheist or a dead religionist. His life is powerful, life-changing, and joy-flooding. Not only today are you to have this life, but for eternity. “Where will you be a million years from now?”