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John 10:28

and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.

Adam Clarke Commentary

They shall never perish - Why? Because they hear my voice, and follow me; therefore I know, I approve of and love them, and give them eternal life. They who continue to hear Christ's voice, and to follow him, shall never perish. They give themselves up to God - believe so on Jesus that he lives in their hearts: God hath given unto them eternal life, and this life is in his Son; and he that hath the Son hath life, 1 John 5:11, 1 John 5:12. Now it is evident that only those who have Christ living in and governing their souls, so that they possess the mind that was in him, are his sheep - are those that shall never perish, because they have this eternal life abiding in them: therefore to talk of a man's being one of the elect - one that shall never perish - one who shall have eternal life - who shall never be plucked out of the hand of God, etc., while he lives in sin, has no Christ in his heart, has either never received or fallen away from the grace of God, is as contrary to common sense as it is to the nature and testimonies of the Most High. Final perseverance implies final faithfulness - he that endures to the end shall be saved - he that is faithful unto death shall have a crown of life. And will any man attempt to say that he who does not endure to the end, and is unfaithful, shall ever enter into life?


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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on John 10:28". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/john-10.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

I give unto them eternal life - See John 5:24.

Shall never perish - To perish here means to be destroyed, or to be punished in hell. Matthew 10:28; “which is able to destroy (the same word) both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 18:14; “it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.” John 3:15; “that whosoever believeth in him should not perish” Romans 2:12; They who have sinned without law shall also perish without law” John 17:12; 1 Corinthians 1:18. In all these places the word refers to future punishment, and the declaration of the Saviour is that his followers, his true disciples, shall never be cast away. The original is expressed with remarkable strength: “They shall not be destroyed forever.” Syriac: “They shall not perish to eternity.” This is spoken of all Christians - that is, of all who ever possess the character of true followers of Christ, and who can be called his flock.

Shall any - The word “any” refers to any power that might attempt it. It will apply either to men or to devils. It is an affirmation that no man, however eloquent in error, or persuasive in infidelity, or cunning: in argument, or mighty in rank; and that no devil with all his malice, power, cunning, or allurements, shall be able to pluck them from his hand,

Pluck them - In the original to rob; to seize and bear away as a robber does his prey. Jesus holds them so secure and so certainly that no foe can surprise him as a robber does, or overcome him by force.

My hand - The hand is that by which we hold or secure an object. It means that Jesus has them safely in his own care and keeping. Compare Romans 8:38-39.


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on John 10:28". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/john-10.html. 1870.

Coffman's Commentaries on the Bible

And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand.

Eternal life ... Who but God could make a promise like this? Thus, the Pharisees had another chance to see the light; but this additional statement of Christ's divinity was worthless to them, because it could not serve as a legal charge before the Romans.

And no one shall snatch, etc. ... The utmost security of the saved in Christ lies in the fact that no external power shall ever be able to dislodge them from the Master's love and protection. In this same vein of thought are Paul's great words of Romans 8:31-39; but in both passages, only external things are in view as possible destroyers of the soul; and external things shall not be able to do it. Yet, it must be remembered that a believer himself may turn away from the truth, become entangled with sin and overcome. The sovereign right of choice is never taken away from any man.


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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on John 10:28". "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/john-10.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And I give unto them eternal life,.... Christ gives eternal life to his sheep, or people now; he gives them a spiritual life, or a life of grace, which issues in eternal life; he gives them himself, who is the true God and eternal life, and whoever has him has life; he gives them the knowledge of himself, which is life eternal; and he gives them his righteousness, which is their justification of life, or what entitles them to eternal life; and he gives them the foretastes of it, in faith and hope, in the enjoyment of himself, and the discoveries of his love; he gives them the earnest and pledge of it, his own Spirit; and they have this life in him as their representative, and it is hid with him in God, and is safe and secure for them; and he will actually give it to them in their own persons, to be for ever enjoyed by them; and because of the certainty of it, he is said to do it now: this is a pure gift, it is of grace, and not of works; and it is in the gift of Christ as Mediator, who has power to give it to as many as the Father has given him:

and they shall never perish; though they were lost in Adam, and in a perishing condition in themselves, during their state of unregeneracy; in which condition they see themselves to be, when convinced by the Spirit of God; and come as persons ready to perish to Christ, as a Saviour, resolving, that if they perish, they will perish at his feet: and though after conversion, they are subject to many falls and spiritual declensions, and lose their peace, joy, and comfort, and imagine their strength and hope are perished, or at least fear they shall one day perish through one sin, or snare, or temptation or another, yet they shall never perish in such sense as the wicked will; they will not be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and the glory of his power:

neither shall any pluck them out of my hand; Christ's sheep are in his hands, being put there by God the Father, both as an instance of his love to Christ, and them; and this was done from all eternity, even when they were chosen in him; so that they were in the hands of Christ, before they were in the loins of Adam; and were preserved in him, notwithstanding Adam's fall, and through the ruins of it. To be in the hands of Christ, is to be high in his esteem and favour; the saints are a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of their God; they are a signet on his right hand that shall never be plucked off; they are engraven on the palms of his hands: to be in the hands of Christ, is to be in his possession, and at his dispose, as all the elect of God are; and to be under his guidance, care, and protection, as they be; they are fed according to the integrity of his heart, and guided by the skilfulness of his hands; they are always under his care and watchful eye, who protects them from all their enemies, and hides them in the hollow of his hand: hence, because they are so, they are called "the sheep of his hand", Psalm 95:7. And none shall ever pluck them from thence; no man can do it, not any false teacher can remove them from Christ, by all the art and cunning he is master of; nor any violent persecutor, by all the force and power he can use; nor can any sin, or snare, or temptation, draw them out of Christ's hands; nor any adversity whatever separate them from him: they must be safe, and always abide there, who are in the hands of Christ; for his hands have laid the foundations of the heavens and the earth, they grasp the whole universe, and hold all things together; and who then can pluck any out of these hands? Moreover, Christ, as Mediator, has all power in heaven and earth; and even as man, he is the man of God's right hand, made strong for himself.


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Gill, John. "Commentary on John 10:28". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/john-10.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

I give unto them eternal life — not “will give them”; for it is a present gift. (See on John 3:36; see on John 5:24). It is a very grand utterance, couched in the language of majestic authority.


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on John 10:28". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/john-10.html. 1871-8.

People's New Testament

I give unto them eternal life. To his sheep. Eternal life means, not eternal existence, but eternal bliss. God hath made the soul deathless, but it may exist in banishment from heaven.


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Johnson, Barton W. "Commentary on John 10:28". "People's New Testament". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pnt/john-10.html. 1891.

Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

And I give unto them eternal life (καγω διδωμι αυτοις ζωην αιωνιονkagō didōmi autois zōēn aiōnion). This is the gift of Jesus now to his sheep as stated in John 6:27, John 6:40 (cf. 1 John 2:25; 1 John 5:11).

And they shall never perish (και ου μη απολωνταιkai ou mē apolōntai). Emphatic double negative with second aorist middle (intransitive) subjunctive of απολλυμιapollumi to destroy. The sheep may feel secure (John 3:16; John 6:39; John 17:12; John 18:9).

And no one shall snatch them out of my hand
(και ουχ αρπασει τις αυτα εκ της χειρος μουkai ouch harpasei tis auta ek tēs cheiros mou). Jesus had promised this security in Galilee (John 6:37, John 6:39). No wolf, no thief, no bandit, no hireling, no demon, not even the devil can pluck the sheep out of my hand. Cf. Colossians 3:3 (Your life is hid together with Christ in God).


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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on John 10:28". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rwp/john-10.html. Broadman Press 1932,33. Renewal 1960.

Vincent's Word Studies

I give ( δίδωμι )

Not, I will give. The gift is present and continuous. Compare John 3:36.

Shall pluck ( ἁρπάσει )

See on John 10:12. Compare can pluck, John 10:29. Here Jesus speaks of the fact; there of the possibility. Rev., snatch. Wyc., ravish.


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Vincent, Marvin R. DD. "Commentary on John 10:28". "Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/vnt/john-10.html. Charles Schribner's Sons. New York, USA. 1887.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

28.And they shall never perish. It is an inestimable fruit of faith, that Christ bids us be convinced of our security when we are brought by faith into his fold. But we must also observe on what foundation this certainty rests. It is because he will be a faithful guardian of our salvation, for he testifies that our salvation is in his hand And if this were not enough, he says that they will be safely guarded by the power of his Father This is a remarkable passage, by which we are taught that the salvation of all the elect is not less certain than the power of God is invincible. Besides, Christ did not intend to throw this word foolishly into the air, but to give a promise which should remain deeply axed in their minds; and, therefore, we infer that the statement of Christ is intended to show that the elect are absolutely certain of their salvation. We are surrounded, indeed, by powerful adversaries, and so great is our weakness, that we are every moment in imminent danger of death; but as He who keeps what we have committed to him (2 Timothy 1:12) is greater or more powerful than all, we have no reason to tremble as if our life were in danger.

Hence, too, we infer how mad is the confidence of the Papists, which relies on free-will, on their own virtue, and on the merits of their works. Widely different is the manner in which Christ instructs his followers, to remember that, in this world, they may be said to be in the midst of a forest, surrounded by innumerable robbers, and are not only unarmed and exposed as a prey, but are aware that the cause of death is contained in themselves, so that, relying on the guardianship of God alone, they may walk without alarm. In short, our salvation is certain, because it is in the hand of God; for our faith is weak, and we are too prone to waver. But God, who has taken us under his protection, is sufficiently powerful to scatter, with his breath alone, all the forces of our adversaries. It is of great importance for us to turn our eye to this, that the fear of temptations may not dismay us; for Christ even intended to point out the way in which sheep are made to live at ease in the midst of wolves.

And none can wrest them out of my Father’s hand. The word and, in this passage, means therefore For, since the power of God is invincible, Christ infers that the salvation of believers is not exposed to the ungovernable passions of their enemies, because, ere they perish, God must be overcome, who has taken them under the protection of his hand.


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Calvin, John. "Commentary on John 10:28". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/john-10.html. 1840-57.

Scofield's Reference Notes

never

Or, in no wise ever perish. Cf. John 6:37.


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Scofield, C. I. "Scofield Reference Notes on John 10:28". "Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/srn/john-10.html. 1917.

James Nisbet's Church Pulpit Commentary

A CLUSTER OF GRAPES

‘I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My Hand.’

John 10:28

Here we have an illustration of the vast privileges which the Lord Jesus Christ bestows on true Christians. He uses words about them of singular richness and strength. ‘I know them. I give unto them eternal life. They shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand.’ This sentence is like the cluster of grapes which came from Eshcol. A stronger form of speech perhaps can hardly be found in the whole range of the Bible.

I. Christ ‘knows’ His people with a special knowledge of approbation, interest, and affection. By the world around them they are comparatively unknown, uncared for, or despised. But they are never forgotten or overlooked by Christ.

II. Christ ‘gives’ His people ‘eternal life.’ He bestows on them freely a right and title to heaven, pardoning their many sins, and clothing them with a perfect righteousness. Money, and health, and worldly prosperity He often wisely withholds from them. But He never fails to give them grace, peace, and glory.

III. Christ declares that His people ‘shall never perish.’ Weak as they are, they shall all be saved. Not one of them shall be lost and cast away: not one of them shall miss heaven. If they err, they shall be brought back: if they fall, they shall be raised. The enemies of their souls may be strong and mighty, but their Saviour is mightier; and none shall pluck them out of their Saviour’s hands.


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John Trapp Complete Commentary

28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

Ver. 28. They shall never perish] This is the good Shepherd’s promise: is he now as good as his word, if he suffer his sheep to wander and perish, whom by promise he was tied so to keep, as that they should not wander, as they are naturally apt to do, to their destruction? Pastor oves spondet se absolute servaturum, nunquid liberabit fidem? Prideaux.


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Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Observe here, 1. The promise made by Christ unto his sheep, namely, the promise of eternal life, and perseverance in grace, till they come to the full fruition of it in glory, I give unto them eternal life, and none shall pluck them out of my Father's hand.

Observe, 2. The confirmation he gives of this from his own and his Father's power, which is employed, engaged, and concerned, for them, and for their perseverance and preservation, notwithstanding all oppostiion to the contrary. My Father which gave them me is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.

Learn, 1. That eternal life is the portion of Christ's sheep.

2. That eternal life is the gift of Christ.

3. That eternal life is, now given to Christ's sheep: they have it now in the purchase, in the promise, and in the first fruits.

4. That all Christ's sheep are put by God the Father into Christ's hand for security: My Father hath given them me.

5. The Father doth so intrust Christ with his sheep, as yet to take care of them himself; they are in the Father's hand, as well as in the son's, and their being in the hands of both, doth assure them of the certainty of their perseverance. None shal pluck them out of my hand; none shall be able to pluck them out of my Father's hand: implying, that there are many that would pluck them out of their hands, sin, Satan, the world, &c. but they shall be kept by the almighty power of God, through faith unto salvation; for who can be too strong for omnipotent power.


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Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament

John 10:28. κἀγώ, and I) The following and the life are closely connected, ch. John 8:12, “He that followeth Me, shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”— οὐ μὴ ἀπόλωνται, shall not perish) Middle (so ἀπολέσθαι, ch. John 17:12; Luke 15:24; Jude John 10:11, ‘lost,’ ‘perished’): i.e. they shall not destroy themselves, internally.(284) Comp. 1 John 5:18, “Whosoever is born of God sinneth not: but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not;” and John 17:12, notes, “Those that Thou gavest Me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition.”— καὶ οὐκ, and not) Nor will I suffer them to be snatched out of My hand by any external enemy.— ἁρπάσει, shall snatch [pluck]) The auxiliary verb δύναται, can, is included in the future: comp. ver. following.


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Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

I do give them, and I will give them, eternal life; as soon as they shall come to hear, and believe my voice, and to follow me, they shall have a sure right and title to it; and when my Father by his providence shall remove them out of the world, and in the great day, they shall be taken up into the actual possession of it. For they shall never perish, but though they may fall, they shall rise again by repentance. They are in my hand, and my hand shall preserve them, none shall ever pluck them out of it; they shall be preserved through faith, by the power of God, to eternal life and salvation.


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Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges

28. δίδωμι. Not δώσω. Here as in John 3:15, John 5:24 and often, the gift of eternal life is regarded as already possessed by the faithful. It is not a promise, the fulfilment of which depends upon man’s conduct, but a gift, the retention of which depends upon ourselves.

οὐ μὴ ἀπόλ. εἰς τ. αἰ. Literally, Shall certainly not perish for ever: see on John 8:51. The negative belongs to ἀπόλωνται, not to εἰς τ. αἰ., and the meaning is, they shall never perish, not ‘they may perish, but shall not perish eternally:’ comp. John 11:26; Romans 8:38-39.

καὶ οὐχ ἁρπ. And no one shall snatch them. ‘No one’ rather than ‘no man’ (as in John 10:18) for the powers of darkness are excluded as well as human seducers. ‘Snatch’ rather than ‘pluck,’ for it is the same word as is used of the wolf in John 10:12, and this should be preserved in translation.

This passage in no way asserts the indefectibility of the elect, and gives no countenance to ultra-predestinarian views. Christ’s sheep cannot be taken from Him against their will; but their will is free, and they may choose to leave the flock.

χειρός. “His hand protects, bears, cherishes, leads them” (Meyer).


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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

28. Shall never perish—No sheep of Christ can ever perish. The unbeliever and the apostate will perish, but neither the unbeliever or the apostate is a sheep of Christ.

Perish… pluck—The literal sheep of the human shepherd may perish by the robber, or be plucked away by the thief; but the spiritual sheep of the true Shepherd no robber can kill, no thief can steal. He must by his own free act abandon or forfeit his spiritual character before he can lose his eternal privilege.


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George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

They shall not perish for ever: and no man shall snatch them out of my hand. He speaks of his elect, of those whom he called by a special Providence and mercy, whom he blessed with more than ordinary graces, and with the gift of final perseverance to the end in his grace. (Witham)


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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

eternal. Greek aionios. App-151.

never = by no means (Greek. ou me. App-105) unto the age (Greek. eis ton aiona. App-151).

neither = and not (Greek. ou. App-105).

pluck = snatch. See John 10:12.

out of. Greek. ek: App-104.


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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

And I give unto them eternal life - not 'I will,' but 'I do give' it them: it is a present gift. See the notes at John 3:36; John 5:24.

And they shall never perish, neither shall any pluck them out of my hand. A very grand utterance, couched in the language of majestic, royal, supreme authority.


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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
I give
3:16,36; 5:39,40; 6:27,40,47,68; 11:25; 17:2; Romans 5:21; 6:23; 1 Timothy 1:16; 1 John 2:25; 5:13-20; Jude 1:21
they
3:15; 4:14; 5:24; 6:37,39,40; 14:19; 17:12; 18:9; 1 Samuel 2:9; Job 17:9; Psalms 37:28; 103:17,18; 125:1,2; Proverbs 4:18; 24:16; Isaiah 45:17; 54:17; 55:3; Jeremiah 31:3,34; 32:40; Mark 13:22; Romans 5:2,9,17; 8:1,29,33-39; Philippians 1:6; Colossians 3:3,4; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 1:5; Hebrews 7:25; 1 John 2:19; 5:13,18; Jude 1:1,24
neither
17:11,12; Deuteronomy 33:3; Psalms 31:5; Luke 22:31,32; 23:46; Acts 7:59; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25

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Commentary by J.C.Philpot on select texts of the Bible

John 10:28

"And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand." John 10:28

The Lord says, "I give unto them (that Isaiah , my sheep) eternal life;" not, "I will give them in the life to come; but I give it unto them now." We therefore read, "He that believes on the Son has everlasting life"—has it now, as a present, felt, and enjoyed possession. This life is given manifestly when Christ reveals himself to the soul; for eternal life is then received out of his fullness as an enjoyed possession. All, then, who have truly fled for refuge, to lay hold of the hope set before them, embrace in so doing eternal life. They live, as being manifestly in Christ, for he is "our life;" and as they embrace it in him they feel its sweet movements in their breast, in the joy it communicates, in the peace it imparts, in the prospects it opens, in the doubts it removes, in the fears it disperses.

Thus, in real religion, there is something, if I may so speak, tangible, something to be laid hold of; and this distinguishes a good hope through grace from every other hope which is delusive, enthusiastic, or visionary. Depend upon it, there is a reality in vital godliness, a possession for eternity, which, therefore, kills and deadens the living child of God to a perishing world, and the fading things of time and sense. Whenever we get a view of Christ, there is a view of eternal life in him; for he is the eternal Son of God, and when he makes himself known to the soul as such, he shows us that all our life is in him. The work that he accomplished is for eternity; he lives himself forever and ever; and those whom he has redeemed by his blood, justified by his righteousness, and sanctified by his grace, will live forever and ever in his glorious presence. It is the eternity of his love which stamps it with its main value and blessedness; for this life being eternal, secures not only perpetuity, but immutability, prevents it from any change in time as well as from any change in eternity, and secures it firm and stable to all the heirs of promise. As, then, they lay hold of eternal life in laying hold of him who is the life, and as the sweet movements of hope spring up in their breast, it opens before their eyes a vista of immortal joy.


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Lectionary Calendar
Saturday, January 25th, 2020
the Second Week after Epiphany
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