How many times have you heard this in a small group, in a church setting, or maybe even on a retreat.
The enemy comes to kill, steel and destroy.
For me this is an old religious statement that has come up in the church over the years. I got curious one day and wondered how does an enemy come to kill steel and destroy if it has been defeated?
The true enemy has been defeated.
Colossians 2:15 (Wuest – The New Testament: An Expanded Translation) 15 having stripped off and away from himself the principalities and authorities, He boldly made an example of them, leading them in a triumphal procession in it.
Here is what the scripture really says.
John 10:8 (ESV) 8 All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. John 10:10 (ESV) 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
g2812. κλέπτης kleptēs; from 2813; a stealer (literally or figuratively): — thief. Compare 3027.AV (16) – thief.
16;an embezzler, pilfererthe name is transferred to false teachers, who do not care to instruct men, but abuse their confidence for their own gain
I’d like to break down scripture and see what the words actually mean so I looked it up. And nowhere in this passage does it refer to the enemy as satan. But we as a church body have qouted this for years, I have said it and it’s wrong and it’s misleading.
It gives us something to do, we can blame lifes issues on the enemy instead of taking responsibility for our own actions and our own Stinking Thinking.
2nd Corinthians 10. 5 Every lofty idea and argument positioned against the knowledge of God is cast down and exposed to be a mere invention of our own imagination. We 1arrest every thought that could possibly trigger an opposing threat to our redeemed identity and innocence at spear point! The calibre of our weapon is empowered by the revelation of the ultimate consequence of the obedience of Christ. (The obedience of Christ dwarfs the effect of the disobedience of Adam into insignificance! See Romans 5:12-21. The word aichmalōtizō from aichme, spear and halosis, to capture, thus, to arrest at spear point.)
Now let’s look at the other word in this passage that I find that’s very important ” Abundantly”
g4053. περισσός perissos; from 4012 (in the sense of beyond); superabundant (in quantity) or superior. 1. exceeding some number or measure or rank or needover and above, more than is necessary, superadded. 2. exceeding abundantly, supremely 3. something further, more, much more than all, more…
Ephesians 3:20-21 (ESV) 20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Have a great day today!