The sheep of the “new covenant” will be given eternal life “Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant … I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people … they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” (Jeremiah 31:31-34). Also see Ezekiel 36:25-27. “… let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, … For in these I delight,” says the LORD. (Jeremiah 9:23-24) The 2-way relationship between Jesus and His sheep results in eternal life “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. … I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. … and I know My sheep, and am known by My own … and I lay down My life for the sheep. … My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.” (John 10:7-28) The sheep know Father God and Jesus, resulting in eternal life “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (John 17:3) The Holy Spirit dwells within each of God’s sheep “And I (Jesus) will pray (to) the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever -- the Spirit of truth … you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. … If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with(in) him.”(John 14:16-23) God’s precious sheep have God dwelling inside of them. “And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.” (1 John 3:24) The sheep are led by the Holy Spirit, resulting in eternal life “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.” (Romans 8:14) The sheep allow themselves to be sanctified “Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His”, and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” (2 Timothy 2:19) Jesus will reject those who are not His sheep “Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord’, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven … I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”(Matthew 7:19-21) It is God’s will that His sheep have a relationship with Jesus. Many blessings come from a knowing intimacy with the Lord “Out of intimacy with Jesus we receive discernment, direction, a knowing of what is right and wrong and what is holy and pure. Intimacy with Christ gives us a firmness wherein we are not tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine. Stay close to Him so that you will have discernment about the foolishness going on around us.” (David Wilkerson, 2012) .