MY SHEEP -
THOSE WHO BELIEVE
Christ referred to His true
followers as My sheep and true believers; and He referred to the
rest as unbelievers or NOT His sheep.
Then He advanced the reason why
unbelievers are such. . ."because they are not My sheep."
Ordinarily, man would judge others as unbelievers and, therefore,
unworthy to be called sheep. But from God's viewpoint, because He
can see the future, one is not a sheep that is why he does not
God sees the future; He sees that a
soul will never obey His commands and so He declares him a goat.
And, true enough, when that soul is born in time, he, in fact, does
not and never obeys the commands of Christ. . .because from the very
foundation of the world he was declared as not being a sheep of
On the other hand, God, seeing the
future, sees that a soul will obey the commands of Christ. And so,
even before that soul is born, he is declared a sheep. Thus, when he
is born, he indeed obeys the commands of Christ and becomes a
Referring to believers, Christ
said: "I will give them eternal life and no one can steal them
away from Me." So, those whom God sees will obey Christ's
commands in the future, have already been given eternal life and no
devil or heretic can steal them away from Christ.
Though God can see the future and
declare a soul a sheep or not a sheep, it is each Christian soul who
decides whether he will obey the commands of Christ or not. So,
God's decision depends on each soul's decision.
The fault of Judas was that he
obeyed the commands of Christ at the beginning but did not finish
"the course" as St. Paul would put it. Judas did not
persevere in his obedience to Christ's commands. He obeyed some but
not the others. And all because of his greed. Vices, our passion and
emotions, our fallen human nature, our love for the world and the
things in it, these are what stall us on our way to God and turn us