"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them,
and they follow me. I give them eternal life,
and they shall never perish; no one can
snatch them out of my hand. My Father,
who has given them to me, is greater than
all; no one can snatch them out of my
Father's hand." John 10:27-29
Spurgeon "The Security of Believers;
Or, Sheep Who Shall Never Perish"
"They shall never perish; neither shall any pluck
them out of my hand." If it could be that one
sheep were plucked out of his hand, then would the
devils in hell rejoice, and say, "He could not keep
them. He said that he would, but he could not.
We have managed to pluck this one, or that one,
out of the pierced hand of their Redeemer."
But such a horrible exultation shall never be heard
throughout the ages of eternity.
No sheep of Christ shall ever be lost!
None that he has purchased with his blood, and
made to be his own, shall ever wander away so
as to perish at last.
Who is to loosen the clasp of that hand
that was pierced with the nail for me?
My Lord Jesus bought me too dearly ever to let me
go. He loves me so well that his whole omnipotence
will work with that hand; and unless there is something
greater than Godhead, I cannot be plucked away from
that dear, fast holding grip.
"My Father gave them to me." I picture my blessed
Lord looking at each one of his believing people, and
saying, "My Father gave you to me." That poor woman,
that struggling young man, that decrepit old lady, that
man who is half starved, but who loves his Lord; Jesus
says of each one, "My Father gave this soul to me."
He cannot lose what his Father gave him. He would die
again sooner than he would lose them. His death has
made their salvation safe beyond all jeopardy.
He laid down his life for the sheep.
The lion came, and leaped into the fold; but the
Shepherd met the lion; yes, he received him on his
naked breast, and held him there. It was a terrible tug.
The Shepherd sweat great drops of blood as he held
the monster; but he rent him, and he hurled him to
the earth, and said, "It is finished" and it was finished.
He has so saved all his flock until now that we are
sure that he will never lose one of those whom his
Father committed to his trust.
"My Father, who has given them to me, is greater
than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's
hand." There lie the children of God in the hand of Christ.
Do you see that fast closed hand? They are safe enough
there. Jesus says, "No man shall be able to pluck them
out of my hand." But see the Father, he puts his hand
over the hand of Jesus! There, now; you are inside two
hands, "And no man is able to pluck them out of my
Father's hand." Oh, the serene security of those who
hear the voice of Christ, and whom he calls his sheep!
A double handed force keeps them safe against all evil.
Pluck away, Satan! You will never pluck them away from
the hand of Jesus, and the hand of his Father!