A new existence
(J. C. Ryle, "The Privileges of the True Christian")
"My sheep hear My voice, and I know
they follow Me." (John 10:27)
This verse gives the character of true Christians.
1. God's children, His real believing people, are compared
sheep, because they are gentle, quiet, harmless and
because they are useful and do good to all
around them; because
they love to be together, and
dislike separation; and because
they are very helpless
and wandering and liable to stray.
2. Jesus calls them "My sheep," as if they were His
property. "Mine," He would have us know, by
by purchase; and "Mine" by adoption.
3. Christ's sheep hear His voice, they listen humbly to
teaching, they take His word for their rule and guide.
4. Christ's sheep follow Him, they
walk in the narrow
has marked out, they do not refuse because it
steep and narrow--but wherever the line
of duty lies they go
forward without doubting.