“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)
“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.” (John 10:10)
Life, without a doubt, is a precious gift from our most gracious God. He alone is the Creator of all that exists, including, of course, the human race (Genesis 1:27; 5:1-2). Beyond temporal physical life, God has also made a way for mankind to have eternal spiritual life (John 3:16-18). In both physical and spiritual life, God is not satisfied with an attitude of mere existence—the “Oh, I’m just hanging in there,” attitude of life. Rather, He offers to each of us and makes provision for the abundant life (John 10:10).
In the contexts of Matthew 4:4 and John 10:10, Satan is identified as the one who tempts and makes every effort to destroy. He is at work to blind the minds of the unregenerate to the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ (II Corinthians 4: 3-4) and to devour the Christian who does not resist and remain steadfast in the faith (I Peter 5:7-9).
In the everyday trials of life and attacks of Satan we do not despair, we are not defeated. When Jesus said in Matthew 4:4,
“. . . It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” And again, in John 10:10 “. . . I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Jesus is saying to us, life, both physical and spiritual, can be abundant as it is saturated with the Word of God, which reveals the Son of God.
Jesus is God’s Word incarnate (John 1:14) and scripture is God’s Word written (Matthew 4:4). Dr. Hantz Bernard, as the keynote speaker for our 2016 Missions Conference, very clearly and passionately explained how God has revealed Himself to man through both the Written Word and the Living Word (Hebrews 1:1-3). He laid out for us the abundant life; a life, which God, through His Word and by His Spirit, makes possible. First, God is doing something in us – conforming us to the image of Christ (II Corinthians 3:18), and secondly, He is doing something through us – communicating the gospel to the lost (Acts 1:8).
The Christian life is not meant to be “ho, hum, hanging in there.” No!!! The Christ-centered life in conjunction with the Bible-directed life produces the abundant life.
We must never think that the abundant life is found in things (Luke 12:15), or even in longevity. Instead, the abundant life, which we live on this earth, is a glorious, purposeful, and satisfying gift of God obtained only through Jesus, Who is the Living Word, and the Bible, which is God’s Written Word. Jesus and the Bible are inseparable. The Written Word and the Living Word are one. We must strive by the grace of God to develop a vital, vibrant, and on-going relationship with Him through His Son and by His Word.
There may come a day in the near future when all Christians around the globe live in poverty and face physical persecution because we follow Christ. But even in these difficult circumstances we can enjoy vast riches because of Christ in our life. God does not provide us with just enough to get along. In Christ and through the written Word we have more than enough. We actually have all we need for the abundant life which Jesus promises (Philippians 4:19-20).
We thank you Heavenly Father for:
▪Abundance of peace and truth (Jeremiah 33:6; Psalm 37:4)
▪Abundance of grace (Romans 5:17; I Timothy 1:14)
▪Abundance of joy (II Corinthians 8:1-2; Philippians 1:26)
▪Abundance of mercy (I Peter 1:3)
▪Abundance of pardon (Titus 3:4-6)
“I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”