John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16 is confirmed by the words of Christ in John 10:25-29. Jesus says that as a result of believing that He died for the sins of the world, your believing will save you and make you his sheep. As the sheep of Christ, you are now able to hear His voice, and most importantly, Christ gives you eternal life. Jesus says that because He gives them eternal life, they shall never perish and neither shall any man pluck them out of His Father’s hand.
Jesus backed up this truth in John 10:29 by saying, in essence, a believer is his sheep because God gave them to him. That is why God reminds us through Jesus in John15:16, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you.”
John 10:29 also states that God is greater than all (meaning greater than anything or anyone) and no man is able to pluck you out of God’s hand. In other words, once you have accepted the free gift of eternal life, you can never lose eternal life because it is not up to you to keep eternal life; it is up to God to ensure that you never lose eternal life.
Jesus Christ says in John 10:10, “I am come that they (sheep) might have life, and that they (sheep) might have it more abundantly.” We fail to understand that there are two lives Christ wants to give us. He wants to give us life after death, (eternal life), and He wants to gives us an abundant life on earth before death.
In the same verse of John 10:10, Jesus also says, “the thief cometh not, but for to steal, to kill, and to destroy.” The thief goes by names such as the devil, Satan, or our adversary. The thief is always coming to take something away from us. Since God himself has guaranteed that no one can take eternal life from us, then the thief must be coming at all times to take the next best thing. And the next best thing the thief can take from us is what God has put inside of us in order to be and to do, all that He has called us to be and do. And that thing is called potential.
Once you are saved, the real spiritual battle is over potential. Romans 4:17 says, “God call those things which be not, as though they were.” Whatever you are today is not what God wants you to be tomorrow. Whatever you have done or accomplished in the past is not what God wants you to do or accomplished in the future. Satan doesn’t want any of us to be or to do what God has ordained for us to be or do. As believers and the sheep of Christ, we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual wickedness designed to destroy our potential. The thief wants this badly because it is the maximization of our potential that brings glory to God, over and over again. Satan, the thief, cannot stop you from going to heaven, so the next best thing he can do is to stop you from bringing glory to God, by stealing, killing, or destroying all that God has put inside you for his glorious purposes.