“As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.”
The heart of the glorious gospel of Christ is His blessed substitution for His sheep.
Christ, the Lamb of God, took all their guilt and became legally what they were by nature — sin!
All that the Father chose (the sheep), He gave to Christ to redeem, and they were redeemed with His own precious blood.
Every drop of Christ’s blood was shed effectually for all that would be brought by the hearing of His voice through the message of Him.
There is one voice (the Spirit-blessed Gospel), one fold (the body of Christ), and one Shepherd (the One Who laid down His life for the sheep).
By Marvin Stalnaker