“They Will Go In and Out and Find Pasture.”

That is a portion of John 10:9 which reads:

“I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.”

Very recently I was told that the ‘going in and out’ in the passage refers to the possibility of a believer (a sheep) losing salvation. Since I had never heard the argument for losing one’s salvation from that verse, I was puzzled. 

Here is what I think is the argument:

If the sheepfold represents the Kingdom of God, the “going and out” refers to going in and out of the Kingdom of God. If you choose to go in and out of the sheepfold, as sheep do in the normal course of being sheep, You are entering the Kingdom of God and leaving the Kingdom of God. in other words, The context of the passage has to do with sheep, sheepfolds, good shepherds, and wolves.

Does the sheepfold represent the Kingdom of God, and Jesus  the and only entrance into the Kingdom? Most certainly it does! That settled, what does it mean that the sheep who have entered through the proper door ‘going in and out’ mean?  Jesus’ immediate listeners would probably have known exactly what it means,, especially if they were shepherds.

One of the many commentaries I read concerning the ‘going in and out and finding pasture’ explained it this way:

“The fold will ever be open to him who enters by the Door. He will have perfect freedom to enter, whenever storm or danger or night approaches. He will lead out and find pasture for his flock. In the devotion of his service, and in communion with God, he will daily have an increasing knowledge of truths new and old, and the truths which he learns he will give as food for the souls of men.”

Another put it this way:

“and shall go in and out and find pasture—in, as to a place of safety and repose; out, as to "green pastures and still waters" (Ps 23:2) for nourishment and refreshing,”

I especially like the reference to the 23d Psalm. It’s perfect! Having read other commentaries, all of which confirmed my initial thoughts on the matter, I will be so bold to assert that whatever John 10:9 is about, it’s NOT about losing one’s salvation!

Have a great day and a great weekend!

2 responses to ““They Will Go In and Out and Find Pasture.”

  1. Don’t be deceived thinking just because this passage isn’t saying you can lose your salvation there are plenty of other scriptures warning us to continue in the faith


    • Phil 1:4-6 says this: “ 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” How does this happen? Phil 2:13 tells us: “12Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”

      Our salvation is secure in Christ. He gives eternal life to those who truly trust in Christ and they shall NEVER perish.

      To lose one’s salvation is to perish. What about NEVER is hard to understand?

      If that is true then the truly saved WILL continue in faith and the warning passages are part of the means that God continues to mold us into the image of Christ.


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