John 10:10

29Dec05

John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.
The thief here isn’t Satan. The Jewish religious leaders considered Jesus a thief. They said He wasn’t of God (theft of identity). They signified this by having Him crucified between two thieves. Mat 27:38 Then were there two thieves crucified with Him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.
The Greek word for “kill” in John 10:10 is thuo {thoo’-o}.
1) to offer asacrifice, immolate
2) to slay, kill
a) of the paschal lamb
3) slaughter
Jesus was referring to the Jews calling Him a thief. In this context He was saying the one you call a thief is the one sent to redeem (they say steal) mankind, by offering Himself as a sacrifice & therefore destroy the works of the devil. 1John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. By all this we can “have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly”

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Mar 3:27 No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house. Jesus did this on the Cross. Satan was the strong man. Jesus didn’t “spoil” (steal) He redeemed. Everything is God’s, Jesus didn’t steal. John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Why did Paul write this? Phl 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God. The Jews said Jesus was a thief (not of God). Jesus wasn’t just of God, He was God, God the Son. The Trinity.
“but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy”. By this Jesus was meaning redeem & destroying the works of the devil by what He did on the Cross. This is what God the Father sent Him to do. Luke 2:49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business? He was here only to do His Father’s business. “Cometh not, but for to” means “only” in John 10:10.
Satan’s objective is to get man to curse God, to say it’s in vain to believe & obey God. He will steal, kill & destroy if God will let him. Steal, kill & destroy are only tools of Satan, his objective is to stop everyone from trusting in what Jesus did on the Cross. Job 2:9 Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die. Job 1:11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
To say Satan is the thief we miss out on a lot here as is obvious. We must be on alert for the works of Satan.

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