John 10:10 “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”
So, we continue with our deliberation on who is the thief that Jesus referred to in the above passages.
And don’t forget He was addressing the Pharisees who felt they knew so much and have the prerogative of dictating the lives of people as to who should worship in the Temple, or who must accept Jesus or not.
John 10: 6-8 “6This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them. 7Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. 8All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them”
Did you notice verse 8 very well?
Now could Jesus use the word ALL for just one Mr. Satan? No of course!
This then goes beyond Satan; it is not just one Satan but everyone who will not fit into the shoes of the Spirit of Christ in ministering to the people of God is a thief and a robber. Jesus wasn’t talking about Satan here people. But essentially individuals in ministry and life.
When in verse 2, He said;
“But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep”
He meant to say whoever, enters not by way of Jesus Christ into the pastoral office, is but a thief and a robber in the sheepfold – the Church since Jesus is the door. Meaning the qualification or spirit you must carry in being a pastor is that of the Christ Spirit and Character.
You are not in ministry because of personal interest or gains except for the mind of Jesus Christ and the Apostles of His. Anything outside of that you are a thief and the robber being described here.
This is nothing to do with the devil but rather those in the ministry of the Lord as Pastors.
In the words of Adam Clark;
“Ambition, avarice, love of ease, a desire to enjoy the conveniences of life, to be distinguished from the crowd, to promote the interests of one’s family, and even the sole design of providing against want-these are all ways by which thieves and robbers enter into the Church. Acting through motives of self-interest, and with the desire of providing for himself and his family, are innocent, yea, laudable, in a secular business; but to enter into the ministerial office through motives of this kind is highly criminal before God”
You are that thief and the robber Jesus spoke about.
Jesus Christ is the light of the world, the good shepherd, and the door which leads into the sheepfold, the hireling shepherds, the willfully blind; the murderers and robbers are the false Christ, false prophets, scribes, Pharisees, wicked hireling priests, and ungodly ministers of all sorts, whether among the early Jews as the Pharisees or the modern Christians of our days.
ALL THAT EVER CAME BEFORE ME ARE THIEVES AD ROBBERS?
What about the likes of Abel (Hebrews 11:4)? What about Noah, that preacher of righteousness (Hebrews 11:7)? What about Abraham the father of faith (Heb. 11:8)? What about the likes of Moses (Hebrews 11:24)?
When Jesus said
“ALL that ever came before Me are thieves and robbers,” was it that He didn’t consider all the patriarchs and prophets, and men of faith and exploits? Certainly, He did of course. Besides, there were such people and religions as Hinduism, Buddhism, and all the Eastern religions, and the founders of them.
All of these were before Him. Can we believe that Jesus was calling all these good men THIEVES and ROBBERS? Sure, He was, for He said ALL that came before Him… and the list goes on.
To those who can receive it, ALL who came before Jesus were thieves and robbers because the revelation and message, they brought LED TO DEATH. Their messages never gave life. That’s any message that doesn’t bring life to mankind is a thief and a robber.
And Jesus would say “I am the resurrection and the life: he that believes in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live…” (John 11:25-26). Again, “The words that I speak unto you they are spirit and Life” (John 6:63).
He alone can give life and the door to eternal life.
And of course, you become a thief and a robber when what you deliver to people is religious lies that cannot bring transformation to your listeners and mankind.
Jesus in the whole of this passage wasn’t dealing with the devil but ministries and their carriers.
To be continued…