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Priesthood, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

89- Christs Designation As The Shepherds

 

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[7] Christs Designation As The Shepherds

The Lord said

(John 10:11) "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.

(John 10:14) "I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.

(John 10:16) "And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.

Does mean that whoever calls himself a shepherd, is trespassing Christs own title claiming them to himself?

Many Protestant ministers, without jealousy or remorse, call themselves shepherds or pastors, they conveniently forget the verses they use to contradict the Orthodox priesthood:

(Rom 12:3) For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.

(John 10:16) "And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.

(2 Cor 3:6) who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

The Lord Jesus Our Shepherd

The New Testament Shepherds

(John 10:16) "And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.

(John 21:15-17) So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You." He said to him, "Feed My lambs." {16} He said to him again a second time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You." He said to him, "Tend My sheep." {17} He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?" Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, "Do you love Me?" And he said to Him, "Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You." Jesus said to him, "Feed My sheep.

(1 Pet 2:25) For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

(1 Pet 5:4) and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.

St-Takla.org Image: Christ the Good Shepherd صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: يسوع الراعي الصالح

St-Takla.org Image: Christ the Good Shepherd

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: يسوع الراعي الصالح

[8] As We See From The Above The Lord appointed shepherds, and these Shepherds were also Called Bishops

The Lord Christ is our true Shepherd, as we have discussed this issue before here on st-takla.org in other sections. But He can also confer this title on others of His flock.

Christ is the Shepherd of shepherds. The priest shepherds the flock, but before Christ, he is one of the sheep

This is why Saint Peter calls Christ the Chief Shepherd.

(1 Pet 5:3-4) nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; {4} and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.

[9] God Is The Shepherd From Old

(Psa 23:1) The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

(Ezek 34:15-16) "I will feed My flock, and I will make them lie down," says the Lord GOD. {16} "I will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away, bind up the broken and strengthen what was sick; but I will destroy the fat and the strong, and feed them in judgment."

But He still confers on others to be shepherds for Him.

(Eph 4:11) And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,

So why be jealous for Him and for His designations?


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