of Jesus
I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.
Edition No. 15         October 1, 2002
The Voice of Jesus
I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. (John 10:10)
What and when is this abundant life? 
The False Teaching

There are exceptions, but in general the churchmen describe the abundant life as does Billy Graham in the following exerpt:
  God loves you and all of       mankind. He wants to bless   your life and make it full and complete. He offers you not
only an abundant life here and now, but a life which is eternal--His very own life.
This distinction between the here and now abundant life and life eternal, as though the life abundant here and now were distinct from the life eternal and included in the promise of John 10:10 is an errroneous and false teaching.  It motivates people to turn to Jesus in the hope of more success, prosperity, and satisfaction and less anxiety, grief, and poverty here and now.

This is an effective lure to all as demonstrated by the multitudes who have responded to a Billy Graham invitation.  It is also the ultimate betrayal of Jesus and his Gospel of the Kingdom.
Exposing the Error

Jesus proceeded to state the promise of the abundant life in unambiguous terms as follows:
  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me;  and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand. (John 10:27,28)
He also made promises as to the life in this world that his disciples can expect:

  I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. (John16:33)
  If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. (John 15:19)
  For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few. (Matt. 7:14)
This is the life "here and now" that he promises his disciples.
Declaring the Truth

Life in this world and eternal life form a dichotomy, two mutually exclusive entities. Jesus stated this in his Great Principle:
  He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
(John 12:25)
It follows that one who turns to Jesus motivated by the desire for and love of abundant life here and now loses the abundant eternal life that Jesus promises.  The religion of the churchmen is a very effective trap.  It is baited with the promise of an abundant life but yields death!
Yet to those who hate life in this world for the sake of eternal life, the blessings of eternal life begin to be realized even in the here and now as Jesus, true to his promises, grants peace and joy and eliminates anxiety and fear in the midst of the hardness,
the tribulations and the hatred of the world. 

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