the gate of living

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the gate of living

The Scripture text of this study uses a color-coding system which might be helpful to you to use in studying your own Bible. The meanings of the color coding are as follows:

color key

Color markings in Scriptures found here are meant as an aid in understanding the topics and princples to which the Biblical phrases refer.

blue = God

red = commands

green = promises

pink = prophecy

orange = truth, wisdom, knowledge and understanding

brown = sin to avoid, effects of sin, or the basic nature of man

red underline = examples to follow

other color underlines have the same meanings, but as a secondary emphasis to the text color

section 1

primary passage

john 10:7-9

Therefore Jesus said again, "I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep.  niv84 

All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them.  esv 

I am the gate; whoever enters through Me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture.  niv11 

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section 2

john 10:7  niv84 

Therefore Jesus said again, "I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep.

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 john 14:6 esv   ephesians 2:18  esv 

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cross references

john 14:6  esv 

Jesus said to him, "I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

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ephesians 2:18  esv 

For through Him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.

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section 3

john 10:8a  esv 

All who came before Me are thieves and robbers...

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 ezekiel 34:1-10  nlt   matthew 7:15-16  esv   matthew 23:13, 15  nlt 

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cross references

ezekiel 34:1-10  nlt 

Then this message came to me from the LORD:

"Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds, the leaders of Israel. Give them this message from the Sovereign LORD: What sorrow awaits you shepherds who feed yourselves instead of your flocks. Shouldn’t shepherds feed their sheep?

You drink the milk, wear the wool, and butcher the best animals, but you let your flocks starve.

You have not taken care of the weak. You have not tended the sick or bound up the injured. You have not gone looking for those who have wandered away and are lost. Instead, you have ruled them with harshness and cruelty.

So My sheep have been scattered without a shepherd, and they are easy prey for any wild animal.

They have wandered through all the mountains and all the hills, across the face of the earth, yet no one has gone to search for them.

"Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD:

As surely as I live, says the Sovereign LORD, you abandoned My flock and left them to be attacked by every wild animal.

And though you were My shepherds, you didn’t search for My sheep when they were lost. You took care of yourselves and left the sheep to starve.

Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD.

This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I now consider these shepherds My enemies, and I will hold them responsible for what has happened to My flock. I will take away their right to feed the flock, and I will stop them from feeding themselves. I will rescue My flock from their mouths; the sheep will no longer be their prey.

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matthew 7:15-16  esv 

"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?

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matthew 23:13, 15  nlt 

"What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you shut the door of the Kingdom of Heaven in people’s faces. You won’t go in yourselves, and you don’t let others enter either.

"What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you cross land and sea to make one convert, and then you turn that person into twice the child of hell you yourselves are!

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section 4

john 10:8b  esv 

but the sheep did not listen to them.

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 ezekiel 34:25-31  nlt 

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ezekiel 34:25-31  nlt 

"I will make a covenant of peace with my people and drive away the dangerous animals from the land. Then they will be able to camp safely in the wildest places and sleep in the woods without fear.

I will bless my people and their homes around my holy hill. And in the proper season I will send the showers they need. There will be showers of blessing.

The orchards and fields of my people will yield bumper crops, and everyone will live in safety. When I have broken their chains of slavery and rescued them from those who enslaved them, then they will know that I am the LORD.

They will no longer be prey for other nations, and wild animals will no longer devour them. They will live in safety, and no one will frighten them.

"And I will make their land famous for its crops, so my people will never again suffer from famines or the insults of foreign nations.

In this way, they will know that I, the LORD their God, am with them. And they will know that they, the people of Israel, are my people, says the Sovereign LORD.

You are my flock, the sheep of my pasture. You are my people, and I am your God. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken!"

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section 5

john 10:9a  niv11 

I am the gate...

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 matthew 7:12-14  csb 

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cross references

matthew 7:12-14  csb 

...whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it.

How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it.

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section 6

john 10:9b  niv11 

...whoever enters through Me will be saved.

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 revelation 7:17  esv   acts 4:12  esv   romans 10:9-13  csb 

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revelation 7:17  esv 

For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their Shepherd, and He will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."

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acts 4:12  esv 

And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."

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romans 10:9-13  csb 

If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.

For the Scripture says, Everyone who believes on Him will not be put to shame, since there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, because the same Lord of all richly blesses all who call on Him.

For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

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section 7

john 10:9c  niv11 

He will come in and go out, and find pasture.

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 psalm 23:2  esv   proverbs 3:5-6  nlt   ii thessalonians 1:11  niv11   joshua 1:7-9  esv   psalm 121  esv   i corinthians 10:31  esv   psalm 119:45  niv11   acts 17:28  esv 

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psalm 23:2  esv 

He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.

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proverbs 3:5-6  nlt 

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.

Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.

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ii thessalonians 1:11  niv11  niv84 

...God may make you worthy of His calling, and that by His power He may bring to fruition every good purpose of yours and every deed prompted by your faith.

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joshua 1:7-9  esv 

Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."

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psalm 121  esv 

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?

My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.

Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand.

The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.

The LORD will keep you from all evil; He will keep your life.

The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.

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i corinthians 10:31  esv 

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

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psalm 119:45  niv11 

I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out Your precepts.

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acts 17:28  esv 

...in Him we live and move and have our being...

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