In John 10:16 Jesus said, “I have other sheep, too, in another fold. I must bring them also. ” Where is that other fold?
The passage you refer is as follows:
I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd. (NASB) John 10:16
Jesus had just explained to His disciples that He was the good shepherd in verse 14, when He tells them that He has more sheep in another fold.
But who are these other sheep? The answer is hinted at in the next chapter after the high priest, Caiaphas, suggested that it would be good for Jesus to die for the nation. He did not know that he had just prophesied by the Holy Spirit.
And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; and not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad. (NASB) John 11:51-52
Who is this other flock? The English form of the Greek word for nation is ETHNOS. It also means “race.” Jesus is saying that His other “fold” is the Gentiles. The Jews taught that there are only two types of people: Jews and Gentiles. Jesus is declaring that He is the Great Shepherd for all the saints – Jews and Gentiles.
One Shepherd & One Sheep
During His earthly ministry, Jesus healed not just the Jews but also the Gentiles. He did not exclude Gentiles nor talk only to Jews. Jesus ministered to both. In one of His last great sermons, He told His disciples that people from every nation – Jew and Gentile – would go either to eternal punishment or eternal life. (Matt. 25:31-46). There were two choices for both groups.
Notice that in John 10:16, Jesus said that there will be only one shepherd and only one flock. There will not be two folds but only one! There is not a shepherd for Jews and another one for the Gentiles. Romans 9 tells us that there is only one flock or fold – My People.
And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles. As He says also in Hosea, “I WILL CALL THOSE WHO WERE NOT MY PEOPLE, ‘MY PEOPLE,’ AND HER WHO WAS NOT BELOVED, ‘BELOVED.’ AND IT SHALL BE THAT IN THE PLACE WHERE IT WAS SAID TO THEM, ‘YOU ARE NOT MY PEOPLE,’ THERE THEY SHALL BE CALLED SONS OF THE LIVING GOD.” (NASB) Rom. 9:23-26
Jesus is the Great Shepherd of the sheep – our Friend of friends.
Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. (NASB) Heb. 13:20-21