Mainline Christian Views — The Small Flock and The Other Sheep

This series of articles aim to not convince, but explain mainline Christian views to Jehovah’s witnesses.

The phrases “little flock” and “other sheep comes from two different scriptures, one in Luke and one in John.

Luke 12:32 “Have no fear, little flock, for your Father has approved of giving you the Kingdom.

John 10:16 “And I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; those too I must bring in, and they will listen to my voice, and they will become one flock, one shepherd.

Jesus often referred to his disciples as sheep and lambs and himself as the shepherd. The “little flock” is mentioned in passing in the middle of one of his sermons, while the “other sheep” is part of a longer series of illustrations he gave at another time.

In John chapter 10 Jesus describes his followers as sheep and him as the good shepherd. He calls his sheep and they listen to him. He warns of false shepherds. Then he mentions that he has other sheep that he will bring and they will all become one flock.

Who were Jesus addressing?

Often the question of what is meant is answered by simply asking who it was directed to, when, and under what context? When Jesus used these illustrations he had not yet died, so the New covenant was not instituted. He spoke solely to Jewish people. He speaks to large crowds. So when he says “you” “little flock”, he’s talking to the Jews who followed him.

This is contrasted with “other sheep”. What other people started following Jesus after his death and became the same big flock thanks to the new covenant?

Gentiles.

The little flock were Jewish believers.

The Other sheep were gentile believers.

Simple as that.