What Does The Bible Mean By "Abundant Life"?


Quoting from the study notes of the Spirit-Filled Life Bible, John 10:10:

Abundantly
, perissos: Superabundance, excessive, overflowing, surplus, over and above, more than enough, profuse, extraordinary, above the ordinary, more than sufficient.

10:10 God Desires Biblical Abundance for You, SEED FAITH. As you give your total self to God, God gives His total self to you. That is the supreme message of the Bible. Inherent in God’s ‘total self’ of His own Person is true, Bible-based prosperity—the real possibility of health for your total being (body, mind, emotions, relationships), of your material needs being met. Above all, His prosperity brings eternal life. Stop to think about it. What else is there worth having?

Jesus said that He came to give life—not just ordinary existence, but life in fullness, abundance, and prosperity (3 John 2). On the other hand, the enemy (satan) comes only to steal, kill, and destroy. The line is clearly drawn. On one side is God with goodness, life, and ‘plenty’ of all that is necessary for life (see Joel 2:26 and 2 Pet. 1:3), and on the other side is the enemy of our souls, who comes to rob us of God’s blessings, to oppress our bodies through disease and accidents, and to destroy everything that we love and hold dear.

Your first step toward experiencing full biblical prosperity is to believe that it is God’s highest desire for you. The next step is to line up your highest desire with His. (Matt. 17:19, 20/Lk. 6:38)

Abundant Life, GOD’S PROSPERITY. God’s covenant to us is a covenant for abundant life. From the very beginning of time, Scripture shows us that God wanted us to be happy and prosperous. In Genesis, we are told that God made everything and declared it to be good. Then He gave this beautiful, plentiful Earth to Adam; Adam was given dominion over all of it (Gen. 1:28). God’s plan from the beginning was for man to be enriched and to have a prosperous, abundant life. Here Jesus declares His intention to recover and restore to man what was the Father’s intent and to break and block the devil’s intent to hinder our receiving it. (Deut. 8:18/Ps. 1:1-3)

Abundant Life, HUMAN WORTH. Christ came to Earth in defense of life. By His words and actions He opposed any thing, force, or person that might diminish it. Likewise, He calls us to do everything within our power to preserve and enhance the lives of those around us. In addition to evangelizing, we are to work to reduce poverty, disease, hunger, injustice, and ignorance.

Beyond His defense of life, however, Jesus also came to deliver from death and to introduce abundant living. By His death and resurrection, Christ has opened a new dimension of life for all mankind, that ‘all things become new’ (2 Cor. 5:17). (I Pet. 1:18, 19/Gen. 1:26-28)


Resources:
1.) Spirit-Filled Life Bible

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