Jn.10:10 – The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came so that they would have life, and have it abundantly.
This passage has been quoted and mis-quoted for many, many years. It has been used to reinforce people’s doctrine and personal idea of what kind of life Christ came to provide. This is not a new problem, it actually existed in the inner circle of the Lord’s disciples. You remember the confrontation between Mary and Judas? Judas was looking for an earthly kingdom with earthly power and blessing. Mary had seen something quite different. She felt that Christ had come to bring life. He came to bring abundant life. I guess the only way to get to the bottom of this is for you to define abundant life for yourself. What is abundant life? I say it is the very life that Jesus enjoys with the Father. It is not defined by houses, cars, or possessions. It is a quality of life that we receive only by the Holy Spirit. You have to be born again into this abundant life. Here is how Matthew Henry described it:
“That they might have it more abundantly, kai perisson echosin. As we read it, it is comparative, that they might have a life more abundant than that which was lost and forfeited by sin, more abundant than that which was promised by the law of Moses, length of days in Canaan, more abundant than could have been expected or than we are able to ask or think. But it may be construed without a note of comparison, that they might have abundance, or might have it abundantly. Christ came to give life and perisson ti—something more, something better, life with advantage; that in Christ we might not only live, but live comfortably, live plentifully, live and rejoice. Life in abundance is eternal life, life without death or fear of death, life and much more.”
I love the way Henry describes this phrase, life more abundantly. He says it like this, “something more, something better, life with advantage; that in Christ we might not only live, but live comfortably, live plentifully, live and rejoice”. So Jesus came to give us something more- life with advantage. This is a superior quality of life- the life of God in the soul of man. This is why Jesus came, to give us life and that more abundantly.