Greetings, dear JO... and the greatest of love and peace to you! First, my sincere apologies for missing this thread. I am learning that I miss a LOT of threads that one's want me to respond to/comment on - I just don't see them all. Indeed, apparently, I am only actually looking at a fraction... of a fraction... of what's posted on the board - . Oops!
Okay, the problem is in the transliteration of the verses. According to my Lord, the word "enters/entereth"... is inaccurate. If I may be so bold, I would like to restate it to you as my Lord has related to me that he said and meant it (versus what the stylus of the scribes have penned). Note, I will include commentary to show how the verses themselves actually lend to what he says:
Joh 10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that brings in to the sheepfold... not by the door... but by climbing up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. (Now, it may seem that he's speaking of individuals, individually, but that's not actually the case and reading further will show that he is not).
Joh 10:2 But he that brings inby the dooris the shepherd of the sheep.
Joh 10:3 To him the porter/doorkeeper openeth; and the sheep hear his (the shepherd's) voice: and he (the shepherd) calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out (of the pasture/other pen... and into the "sheepfold").
Joh 10:4 And when he (the shepherd) leads out his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him (to the "sheepfold"): for they know his voice.
Joh 10:5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
To address these first illustration, dear Inkie and dear Vanderhoven (the greatest of love and peace to you, both!) commented, as to who the "doorkeeper" is:
Inkie - " Jesus is both the 'shepherd' and the 'doorkeeper' (who opens and closes the door)."
Vanderhoven: "... this intends God the Father, from whom Christ, as man and Mediator, derives his authority, andby whom he is let into, and invested with his office, as the shepherd of the sheep"
Here, dear Inkie is correct: Christ is the doorkeeper, as well, as shown by his words at Revelation 3:8:
"... I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it:"
Dear Vanderhoven is correct, however, that my Lord, the Holy One of Israel, received his authority... which INCLUDES authority to OPEN the door to whomever he pleases... as well as to choose whom to lead... and lead them... from the Most Holy One of Israel. Just as the high priests who, in the Mosaic system of worship, were able to enter into the Most Holy... So, too, Christ, as the High Priest can enter into the Most Holy. For the former, however, they alone had authority to go in; now, however, ANYONE can go in... so long as they do so through Christ; however, Christ has lead the way, as well as "open" to such one. So, he is the shepherd that leads one TO to sheepfold, as well as the door through which one must enter... as well as the doorkeeper... who "opens" the "Way" to do so for such one.
The following verses will explain why he was referring to more than just an individual trying to get in, but one trying to get OTHERS in, as well:
Joh 10:6 This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.
Joh 10:7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
So, this answers as to whether he is the "Door" (BTW, he is also the "Narrow Gate" - same thing as the "Door")...
Joh 10:8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
While this CAN refer to an individual (i.e., a psychic, etc., who enters the spirit realm without going through him)... this is actually letting the disciples/us know that he is speaking of those who tried to lead OTHERS in... but his sheep didn't hear/wouldn't listen to "them." They did so with an ulterior motive: to steal (away so as to have them follow THEM) and plunder (so as to bring God's "house"... also His sheep... to ruin)... God's sheep and thus, His "belongings".
Joh 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
Again, since Christ is the Door, he is emphasizing that WHOEVER enters... with the goal of being saved (from Death) and having the ability to go in and out between the spirit and physical realms... must do so through him.
Joh 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Here is where we can see that he wasn't speaking solely of individuals individually, but of those individuals who come to others, purporting to have some "authority" to get them "in". Their motive, however, again, is to STEAL them... and plunder God's house (them)... SO AS TO KILL AND DESTROY... them - God's belongings. They do this by leading them to DEATH... while TELLING them that they're being led to life. In contrast, my Lord's came... in the flesh... and since then, comes to such ones individually... calls them by name... and leads them HIMSELF... so as to lead them BACK to God... and thus, BACK... to life. Because life is what they were to have in the first place - no one died until Death entered into THIS realm, the physical world... THROUGH ADHAM. To get back to LIFE... one must go BACK... THROUGH Christ.
Joh 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
And so, with this verse, my Lord is stating that HE is the shepherd that leads them back... to the spirit realm... which he does by giving them spirit BODIES (incorruptible vessels and thus, "WHITE robes" ). Of course, they will not stay there, per se: they will be like other spirit beings (although sons, not angels - which are servants)... and so able to go in and out between the two).
We need to continue the verses, however, because there's more explanation in them about those "others" he was speaking of: the thieves, plunderers... STRANGERS... he referred to at first:
John 10:12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it.
John 10:13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
THESE are the "strangers" my Lord is speaking of: hired hands, who are not shepherds... and the wolf. The first (the hired hand) are those who CLAIM to be "working for" the shepherd. They are NOT the shepherd but represent themselves as being under his supervision. Since the sheep don't belong to these, they don't really care about the sheep - they only care about the "wage" they think they're going to get for getting the sheep "in." (NOTE: And this is very important - these are NOT God's sheep, those who are led by Christ... but other sheep (no the "other sheep" of the nations... but sheep who do not belong to God, through Christ. The "other sheep" that Christ spoke of also belong to him. However, there are sheep (those who will say to him, "Lord, Lord"... and then there are GOD's sheep. Ezekiel 34:11-19
The "wolf" are those who snatch and scatter sheep, who devour and destroy them. Unfortunately, they also look like sheep - wolves... in sheep's clothing.
Who do these represent? The "hired man" are the religious leaders of the world: the popes, cardinals, GB members, grand poobahs, what have you. The "wolves"... are those who present themselves as sheep... but actually hate/despise the sheep... and so treat them horrendously, so that they are snatched... scattered... devoured... even destroyed. They are priests, deacons, COs, elders, etc. Neither these nor the hired man care for or about the sheep, and the so ultimate demise of these is of absolutely NO concern to them. Indeed, one delivers them over to the over... for destruction... which is done by COMPLETELY SHIPWRECKING THEIR FAITH.
They do not include simply those who have no faith; rather, they are those who CLAIM to have faith... have "godly devotion"... but prove false to its power by their very lack of love... and unbridled judging and condemnation of the sheep... to the latter's SPIRITUAL "death."
I hope this helps, dear JO, and, again, my apologies for not seeing it earlier.
Peace to you!
YOUR servant and a slave of Christ,