Introduction – the context in which Jesus spoke about eternal death

On August 18th 2012, I began to study the Doctrine of Life  based on the text of John 10: 10. Today, we will use the same  springboard to study eternal death.  It will help to refer to the context in which Jesus spoke:

Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.

All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.

I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

The thief   cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life (G2222 – zōē) and that they might have [it] more abundantly (John 10: 7- 10).


Who is the thief of life?

Oops! The Greek word for thief looks like kleptomania – kleptēs  (G2812).  Jesus painted a picture about satan and false prophets in this parable.

By speaking about the thief and thieves, we know that Jesus was referring to false prophets (all who came before him) and also to satan.

Further usage of  kleptēs  in scripture gives us clear understanding about the activity of these thieves of life whose only intention is  to see people burn in hell:

  • the thief breaks into people’s houses and steal – like Satan did in the Garden of Eden. He stole Adam and Eve from God (Mt 6: 19, 20 & 24: 43).
  • the thief is very furtive and does the dirty job when the homeowner is least expecting the attack.  – Luke 12: 39.
  • Lord Jesus taught us that false prophets and apostles will creep into the church under the guise of sheep, but are really wolves in sheep’s’ clothing.
  • Jesus said that the homeowner must be on the alert for the thief.  Leaders in the body of Christ must be on guard and  withstand false doctrine – Luke 12: 39; Galatians 1 & 2.
  • The thief furtively climbs up by another route and does not enter through the main entrance – John 10: 1.
  • The intention of the thief is to steal, kill and destroy – John 10: 10.

Destroy is a synonym for kill, to be lost, die.  Jesus therefore emphasized through repetition that Satan is the agent of  eternal death.

  • the thief/false prophet takes other people’s money – John 12: 6.
  • Thieves will not inherit the Kingdom of God – 1  Cor 6: 10.
  • Thieves overtake or overpower the unsuspecting. Therefore believers must possess strong doctrine (or they will shout and dance when they are being lied to)  – 1 Thess 5: 4; Rev 16: 15.
  • The thief comes in the night (usually). He comes in the night of ignorance and apathy, when the elders fail to watch over  the flock – 2 Peter 3: 10.


All who came before me are thieves and robbers

Jesus said that He was quite aggravated when He spoke about the false prophets who had come before Him. Their intention (of course) was to steal the souls of the people  and to send them to hell.

Here are related posts on false prophets and apostles:

FOUR Hallmarks Of False Teachers And Prophets Lurking On The Way To Destruction

False Prophets And Teachers Cause Evil To Be Spoken About The Way Of Truth.

Apostle John’s Comparison Between The Spirit Of Truth And The Spirit Of Error