In John 10 Jesus describes himself as both the door and the Good Shepherd. These are metaphors used by Jesus to describe his ministry and the ways in which he relates to his people. As the door, Jesus presents himself as the only way to enter into the kingdom of God and as the Good Shepherd he not only protects and provides, he also lays down his life for his sheep. These two descriptions and their attendant implications lay the foundation for two of the most controversial Christian doctrines: the exclusivity of Christ and the particular redemption accomplished by him.
When we speak of the exclusivity of Christ we are referring to the Biblical teaching that Jesus is the way by which fallen sinners are brought in to a covenantal relationship with the living God. Here though, we need to note … Read More »