Jesus said, "I am the Good Shepherd . . . all that ever came before me were thieves and robbers." How do we know the truth? With so many opinions in the world, how do we know the truth?
7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them
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.
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.
11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
(John 10:7-11, King James Version)
How do you know the truth? With so many opinions in the world, especially of a religious nature, how do you know the truth?
Jesus said, All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
We are also told that these thieves and robbers come to steal, kill, and destroy. I have noted that often my "heart" connects with other Christians, even before they have said anything that would lead me to believe that they are believers.
In our heart of hearts, as true believers, we recognize the our Savior, and we recognize Him in the lives of other believers. We are not drawn to them because they are good looking, rich, or powerful, but rather we sense the Spirit of God within them.
I am sure that you have noticed the immediate fellowship you have even with a group of believers who were previously unknown to you. What a sweet communion we have with other Christians.
As we become more and more like Christ, our desires grow for heavenly things, and our love of the world diminishes. We come to understand more and more the peace of God which passes all understanding.
The Jesus, our Shepherd came to teach us about His Father, and it is our first duty before God to teach those around us the news of the Christ, our Shepherd and our Father God by our faithful testimonies and actions.