Life more Abundantly!

| February 10, 2014

A very powerful verse that I have not thought about or meditated upon was just reminded to me by my pastor. It comes from Jn 10:10 and below are the various translations of this verse in order to help us interpret this verse correctly.

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
– Jn 10:10 (NKJV)

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
– Jn 10:10 (NIV)

“A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.”
-Jn 10:10 (MSG)

“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).”
– Jn 10:10 (AMP)

The original greek word for “abundantly” in this verse is the word “perissos”, which means superabundant )in quantity) or superior (in quality). Excessive. Exceeding abundantly above, more abundantly, advantage, beyond measure, superfluous. This verse cross-references to a verse in Psalms that will give us better clarity on this verse.

“You crown the year with your bounty,
and your carts overflow with abundance.”
– Ps 65:11

Bounty
Bounty here comes from the root word good and refers to goodness, beauty, favour, fine, kindness, pleasure, prosperity, wealth good things. It cross-references to verses from Deut, Psalms and of course the original verse we are looking at Jn 10:10.

“The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hand. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.”
– Dt 28:!2

When you give it to them,
they gather it up;
when you open your hand,
they are satisfied with good things.
– Ps 104:28

Abundance
The word ‘abundance’ comes from the word ‘the fat’. Or fatness, to be fat and figuratively to satisfy. It cross-references to Job, Psalms and Luke as listed below.

the clouds pour down their moisture
and abundant showers fall on mankind.
– Job 36:28

He grants peace to your borders
and satisfies you with the finest of wheat.
– Ps 147:14

Give, and it will be give to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
– Lk 6:38

So what is Jesus saying here?

He came to give us life, but not just a plain and simple life, but a life that is abundant, superior, in excess and beyond measure. The ‘zoe’ kind of life that He wants to give us is bountiful and in abundance. It is about all good things, prosperity and provision. And He doesn’t want to just give us good things, but He gives us in excess, in overflow like the rain! Oh, how awesome is God’s gift towards us His children, that He wants us to give us far more than we can ever begin to imagine. While we know that we will have eternal and perfect life in heaven, but it is also His desire that we experience the abundance and quality of life here on this earth. The many promises of God in His word as listed above shows quite clearly that He is not just referring to the life on the other side, but also life in relation to our physical needs.

So the important thing now is to appropriate this promise and believe that He wants to bless you and I with life and life abundantly!

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I have been a follower of Christ for more than 20 years now. Started from a Methodist church, then went on to a few charasmatic churches and again back to a Methodist church now. Thus I have experienced and seen a wide flavor of different denominations. Personally, I consider myself non-denominational as I can worship in many different styles. The important thing is that I follow the gospel and love Jesus. I am currently serving as a musician and a worship leader in my church. I believe that my calling is to help others enter into the presence of God through worship. I also enjoy teaching and discipling other believers, which is the main reason why this site was started. I hope to find other believers to join me in this cause to reach out and encourage other believers.

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