Before moving on to more thoughts on the local church vs. the universal church, here are some thoughts on John 10 (our recordings did not work, so the two sermons from John 10 will never be on the KBC website; lost forever in space and time):
John 10.1-21- Jesus wants believers to live the abundant Christian life (John 10.10). Listen for his voice, and go through him and to him. Not only is he the gate, he is also the shepherd. “The thief” in verse 10 most directly applies to false teachers in context. It is not wrong theologically to apply it to the devil, but wrong textually.
John 10.22-42- This text really explains the two titles of Jesus well: Jesus as the Christ and as the Son of God. His reference to Psalm 82 is very difficult to interpret. I think his logic is ‘you say I am wrong for calling myself the unique Son of God. But God has called men ‘gods’ before. All mankind are ‘gods’ in the Psalm 82 sense. If you do not want to trust me, at least take a good look at my works, that testify that I am the unique Son of God.’
John 10 is glorious Christology: Jesus is the gate, the good Shepherd, the Christ, the Son of God, Giver of eternal life, absolutely ONE with the Father.