What Can the Devil Steal? Part 2


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  1. Is there any truth to the idea or belief that the Devil stole anything from you?
  2. If he did take or steal anything from you, when did it happen?
    1. Before you became a Child of God (i.e., before you were Born Again)?
    2. After you became a Child of God (i.e., after you were Born Again)?
      1. How was he able to steal from you?
      2. What did he steal from you?
  3. If the Devil was “permitted” (by God) to steal anything from you (as in the case with Job {Job 1:6-12}), why would you want it back?

Who is the real thief?

NOTE: Please understand everything from this point on is written specifically to the children of God; the born-again believers; sons of God; those in the body of Christ…

1 John 3:1-10 (BWE) See how much the Father has loved us! We are called God’s children. It is true, we are God’s children. People in this world did not know him and so they do not know us.  My dear brothers, we are God’s children now. No one knows yet what we shall be like.  But we know that when Jesus comes, we will be like him. We will see him as he really is.  Everyone who has this hope about Christ makes his life holy. He makes his life holy and clean, just as Christ is holy.

Everyone who does wrong things is breaking God’s law. Doing wrong things is breaking the law.  You know that Christ came to take away the wrong things people have done. He is the one who has done no wrong.  Everyone who stays with him does not do wrong things. Everyone who does wrong things has never seen him and has never known him.  My children, do not let anyone fool you. Anyone who does what is good, is good just as Christ is good.  Anyone who does what is wrong belongs to the devil. The devil has done what is wrong from the beginning. That is why God’s Son came. He came to stop what the devil doesNo one who is God’s child does wrong things, because God’s life is in him. And he cannot keep on doing wrong things, because he is God’s child.  This is how people can know who are God’s children and who are the devil’s children.  Everyone who does not do right is not God’s child. And anyone who does not love his brother is not God’s child. [please read I Corinthians 2:6-16 and 3:18-20].

God’s word cannot/should not be taken literally (actually, exactly or really) or word for word in every case. We need to know the difference between literal and figurative (a word or phrase that changes course or strays from being directly expressed) language.

One good example:

1 Thessalonians 5:2 (RKJNT) For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord shall come as a thief in the night.

BTW, the Bible in Worldwide English (BWE) translates “…the Lord will come just like a person who comes to steal in the night“. Ask yourself, is this verse to be interpreted literally or figuratively?

First let’s go back to John 10:10 (see “What Can the Devil Steal? Part 1“), the word thief is a translation of G2812 κλέπτης kleptes (klep’-tace) which comes from the primary verb G2813 κλέπτω klepto (klep’-to) “to filch”:

  • Webster’s Dictionary definition and word origin for “filch”: a middle-English word meaning “to steal (something that is small or that has little value)”
  • Nelson’s Bible Dictionary definition: “Any person who takes something which he does not own…”

Just for clarity let’s see how kleptes is used throughout scripture and most of all to see who it is referring to:

  • Matthew 6:19-20 RKJNT Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal:  But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in and steal: [please read Matthew 6:19-24]

Do you believe this thief is the Devil or humans?
We will deal with the thought that the Devil is responsible for every evil act that is done in part 3.

  • Luke 12:33 RKJNT Sell what you have, and give alms; provide yourselves purses which do not grow old, a treasure in heaven that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. [please read Luke 12:22-34]

Is Jesus referring to the Devil or humans in this passage?

  • Sometimes we steal from ourselves, often by making bad choices! Ecclesiastes  5:10-17 {courtesy of Bible Gateway}
  • An interesting article from Gospelway.com
  • Other references: Matthew 24:43 [read Matthew 24:36-44]; Romans 2:21 [read Romans 2:17-21]; Ephesians 4:28 [Ephesians 4:25-32]; Titus 2:10 [read Titus chapter 2]; 1 Peter 4:15 [read 1 Peter 4:7-19]

We are protected by God

Psalms 27:1 (OEB) The LORD is my light and my saviour; whom then should I fear? The LORD protects my life; whom then should I dread?
[read Psalms 27:1-11; all of 91 and Proverbs 18:10]

He protected the Jews; the children of Israel!

Genesis 12:1-3 (BBE) Now the Lord said to Abram, Go out from your country and from your family and from your father’s house, into the land to which I will be your guide:  And I will make of you a great nation, blessing you and making your name great; and you will be a blessing:  To them who are good to you will I give blessing, and on him who does you wrong will I put my curse: and you will become a name of blessing to all the families of the earth.

[read Genesis 12:1-9; Exodus 14:1-21; Num 10:9-10; Psalms 121; 44:1-8; 89:5-37; Jeremiah 51:24-40; Isaiah 49:14-26]

He also protects the church; the children of God

1 Peter 1:5 (ERV) God’s power protects you through your faith, and it keeps you safe until your salvation comes. That salvation is ready to be given to you at the end of time.

1 John 5:18 (BWE) We know that any child of God does not do wrong things. The Son of God keeps him safe and the devil cannot touch him.

[read 1 Peter 1:3-12; John 10:25-30; John 17:6-15; 2 Thessalonians 3:3-5; 2 Timothy 4:16-18; 1 Peter 5:1-8; 1 John 4:4-6 & 5:18-21]

We have God-given power!

  • Matthew 10:1 (BBE) And he got together his twelve disciples and gave them the power of driving out unclean spirits, and of making well all sorts of disease and pain. [please read Matthew 10:1-15; Mark 3:13-19; 6:7-13 and Luke 6:12-16; 9:1-6]
  • Luke 10:17-19 (RKJNT)  And the seventy returned with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject to us through your name.  And he said to them, I beheld Satan fall like lightning from heaven.  Behold, I give to you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

[please read Luke 10:1-24] Do you believe this power was given only to the apostles/disciples? I guess we cannot overlook the use of the word “enemy”; do you believe this is referencing “Satan”/”the Devil”?

  • Mickelson defines “enemy” as: G2190 ἐχθρός echthros (ech-thros’); 4. (usually as a noun) an enemy (especially Satan)
  • The Contemporary English Version (CEV) uses “your enemy Satan
  • The An Understandable Version (AUV) adds [i.e., Satan. See verse 18]
  • the Easy-to-Read (ERV) states: “I saw Satan falling like lightning from the sky. He is the enemy…”
  • Mark 16:16-17 RKJNT He who believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he who does not believe shall be condemned.  And these signs shall follow those who believe; In my name they shall cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

[please read Mark 16:9-20] Does this apply to ALL born again believers?

  • Acts 1:8 (RKJNT) But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you: and you shall be witnesses to me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and to the remotest part of the earth.

[please read Acts 1:1-11]

  • Not convinced yet? [please read: Luke 24:44-49; Romans 15:14-21; 1 Corinthians 2:1-5; 2 Corinthians 10:4 [read 2 Corinthians 10:1-11]; Ephesians 1:15-23; 3:14-21; 6:10-20; Philippians 4:10-20; 2 Timothy 1:7 [read 2 Timothy 1:3-18; 2 Peter 1:3-11]

That power was demonstrated

  • Mark 6:12-13 (RKJNT) And they went out, and preached that men should repent.  And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them. [read Mark 6:7-13]
  • Acts 8:6-7 (RKJNT) And the people with one accord gave heed to the things of which Philip spoke, hearing and seeing the miraculous signs which he didFor unclean spirits, crying out with loud voices, came out of many who were possessed: and many taken with paralysis, and those who were lame, were healed.

[please read Acts 8:4-25;1 Corinthians 4:14-21]

Beware of False Teaching

2 Timothy 3:1-9; 2 Peter 2:1-3:13 both links courtesy of BibleGateway;

Truth

A brief breakdown of John 10:10 by Dr. Craig Keener
Linking to Verse by Verse Ministry on John 10:10
Another post on John 10:10 by OneYearBibleOnline

Did you know?

(a few verses for thought)

Jesus rebuked a fever – Luke 4:38-39 (KJV) And he arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon’s house. And Simon’s wife’s mother was taken with a great fever; and they besought him for her.
39 And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and immediately she arose and ministered unto them.

Who you should invite to dinner or to your party –  Luke 14:12-14 (RKJNT) Then he said to his host, When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers, your kinsmen, or your rich neighbours; lest they invite you in return, and you are repaid.  But when you have a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:  And you shall be blessed; for they cannot repay you: but you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.

 

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What Can the Devil Steal? Part 1


The actual question is “what can the devil steal from a child of God”? Or can he steal anything at all? If you believe the devil has stolen anything from you, I ask, why would you want it back? Songs, religious teachers and ministers are telling the children of God, that they should take back what the devil stole…

This concept comes primarily from incorrect use and interpretation of John 10:10, incidentally, this is the only scripture where the words “steal, kill and destroy” are used in the same passage or verse. So for those who think that the devil is the topic of this portion of the discourse, let’s review;

John 10:10 (KJV) 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.

Who is “the thief” that Jesus is referencing here?

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Devil or false teachers

To obtain the answer let’s go to the beginning (of this portion of the discourse) John 10:1 and since they did not understand the parable we also need to look at John 10:8. [I encourage you to read John 9:1-10:21].

John 10:1 (RKJNT) Truly, truly, I say to you, He who does not enter by the door into the sheepfold, but climbs in by some other way, he is a thief and a robber.

John 10:8 (KJV) All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.

Who is Jesus referring to when He states “All that ever came before me”?

Cross referencing:

  • “the watchmen” [Isaiah 56:10] and “shepherds” [Isaiah 56:11; read 56:9-12]
  • “Isreal’s prophets (scribes), priests and princes” [Ezekiel 22:23-31]
  • “shepherds” [Ezekiel 34:1-10]
  • “princes, judges, prophets and priests” [Zephaniah 3:3-5]
  • “shepherds” [Zechariah 11:4-17]
  • “scribes” (teachers/experts of the Law) [Mark 12:38-40]
  • Theudas and Judas of Galilee [both men are only mentioned once in scripture Acts 5:33-42]

NOTE: It was common for Jesus to speak to His audience in parables to actually tell them about themselves, a good example is found in Matthew 21:23- {focus Matt 21:45 (KJV) “And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them”.}

So, we also must consider the audience, the Pharisees [John 9:40], what does the word say about them? A few examples (I may cover this in more detail in another post if there is sufficient interest):

  • John called them “vipers” (“snakes” in many translations; figuratively “treacherous person”) [Matthew 3:1-12]
  • Jesus made an interesting statement regarding them “unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall never enter into the kingdom of heaven” [Matthew 5:20; read 5:17-20]
  • blind leaders” [Matthew 15:14; read 15:1-20]
  • hypocrites” [Matthew 16:3; read 16:1-4 and Matthew 22:18; read 22:15-22]
  • leaven” (yeast, ferment, doctrine, {wrong} teaching) [Matthew 16:6; read 16:5-12]; “…he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy” [Luke 12:1 and Matthew 16:11; read Luke 12:1-12] {a good article and another}
  • The strictest observers of the Mosaic ritual  [Acts 26:5]
  • Outwardly moral  [Luke 18:11; Phil 3:5; Phil 3:6]
  • Active in proselytising [Matt 23:15]
  • Self-righteous [Luke 16:15; Luke 18:9]
  • Fond of distinguished titles  [Matt 23:7-10]

Who were the “Pharicess” (a separatist, i.e. exclusively religious)? Articles to consider: Jewish Virtual Library, Who Were the Pharisees, Encyclopaedia Britannica,

The Bible does say that the Devil:

Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes, and takes the word from their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.” [Luke 8:12 RKJNT; read]

This can only happen to those who are NOT born again believers.

Man says…

NOTE: Basically teaching people to get REVENGE or to retaliate (get even, get your own back or to strike back)

“I am taking it back”
“Take back your house, your family, your job, the years he stole…”
“Take back your joy”

God says…

NOTE: Basically teaches His children to FORGIVE
Give to every man who asks of you; and from him who takes away what is yours, do not ask for it back.” RKJNT Luke 6:30

[please read Luke 6:27-36]

So you have sorrow now: but I will see you again, and your hearts will be glad, and no one will take away your joy.” BBE John 16:22

[please read John 16:1-22; Note: older translations replace “no one” with “no man”; joy here is the same as the fruit of the Spirit joy, see Galatians 5:22-24; both are G5479 χαρά chara]

Dearly beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place for the wrath of God: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, says the Lord. RKJNT Romans 12:19

please read Romans 12:15-19

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Beware of false teachings:

Partial truth (we do have three enemies) but satan is not the thief – http://www.richardajordan.com/Sermons/020421.htm

The Devil stealing from us is not really something we should be concerned with, a few are in agreement!

http://www.hbcharlesjr.com/2012/08/01/im-taking-back-everything-the-devil-stole-from-me/“Of course, the devil does come to steal, to kill, and to destroy” the quote in this article that is not based on truth – http://www.craigkeener.com/the-thief-who-comes-to-steal-and-destroy-%E2%80%94-john-1010/
Highly recommended – http://textbooktous.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/the-thief-who-comes-to-steal-kill-and-destroy-examining-john-1010/

Stay tuned for part 2, we will get into and use more scripture for further edification {learning, teaching, understanding…}. Please do not hesitate to provide your comments, I am sure this may conflict with what you believe or what you have been taught. Have I at least caused you to think about this topic? If you are a father that loves his children and you had more power than any other being in existence. Would you allow an inferior being to steal from your children? Isn’t God a better father than any human father could ever be? Talk to me, what are your thoughts?