What Does “Abundant Life” REALLY Mean?



Pulpit pimps are con artists, liars, hucksters, crooks, thieves, and (insert applicable pejorative here) of the highest degree.

They preach the false, misleading, and lust-filled “prosperity gospel” with such fervor that gullible “Christians” really do believe that God sent His Beloved Son to die so that they could live in large houses and drive large cars.

The pimp’s absolutely blind love and (almost) murderous desire for money and material wealth propels them to assualt and manipulate the immutable Word of God – reducing it to nothing more than numbers scrawled on a torn piece of paper and handed to the neighborhood “numbers runner” in hopes of hitting a jackpot.

As the Lord wills, these dogs will answer for their apostasy before the Lord. But what about those who have been deceived by these lies…those who have been lied to in regards to REAL abundant life in Christ?

Here’s a timely article from GotQuestions.org:

“What did Jesus mean when He promised an abundant life?”

[…] This word “abundant” in the Greek is perisson, meaning “exceedingly, very highly, beyond measure, more, superfluous, a quantity so abundant as to be considerably more than what one would expect or anticipate.” In short, Jesus promises us a life far better than we could ever imagine, a concept reminiscent of 1 Corinthians 2:9: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” The apostle Paul tells us something that is utterly profound: God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think and He does it by His power, a power that is at work within us if we belong to Him (Ephesians 3:20).1 Corinthians 1:26-29). In terms of economic, academic, and social status, most Christians do not come from the privileged classes. Clearly then, abundant life does not consist of an abundance of material things. If that were the case, Jesus would have been the wealthiest of men. But just the opposite is true (Matthew 8:20).

But, before we begin to have visions of lavish homes, expensive cars, world-wide cruises, and more money than we know what to do with, we need to pause for a second and think about what Jesus teaches regarding this abundant life. The Bible tells us that wealth, prestige, position, and power in this world are not exactly heading the top of God’s list of blessings

Click the title to read the article in entirety – it is an excellent reminder of what real abundance through Jesus Christ is. The final paragraph drives the point home:

Although we are naturally desirous of material things, as Christians our perspective on life must be revolutionized (Romans 12:2). Just as we become new creations when we come to Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), so must our understanding of “abundance” be transformed. True abundant life consists of an abundance of love, joy, peace, and the rest of the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), not an abundance of “stuff.” It consists of life that is eternal and, as such, our interest is in the eternal, not the temporal. Paul admonishes us: “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:2-3).

May God deal with each of us according to the desires of our heart – may He circumcise our hearts so that only His will and His desire for us remains.

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1 Response to “What Does <i>“Abundant Life”</i> <b>REALLY</b> Mean?”

  1. 1 Patty January 28, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Thanks for helping me understand!

    God Bless

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