6.2.3.5 The flock of God

The image of the flock of God portrays Jesus Christ as the good shepherd. He knows His own and gives His life for them. He calls sheep to Himself who are from other places–He continuously calls upon human beings to believe in Him and His church. In the end, there will be one flock and one shepherd (John 10: 11-16). Jesus speaks to His own through the Holy Spirit. Those who believe and follow Him will receive eternal life from Him (John 10: 25-28).

Prior to His ascension into heaven, the Risen One entrusted His lambs and sheep to the care of Apostle Peter (John 21: 15-17). This Apostle bore responsibility for the care of those who belonged to the church of Christ. Nevertheless, as the flock of Jesus Christ, the faithful remained His property.

In 1 Peter 5: 2-4, the ministers of the church are called upon to shepherd the congregation as the "flock of God". In doing so, they are not to act as lords over the congregation, but rather serve as examples. They fulfil their tasks with a view to the return of Jesus Christ, the "Chief Shepherd".

The image of the flock shows the church as a community that follows Christ. It receives its care, protection, and leadership through Jesus Christ, the good shepherd.

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