There is something absolutely vital to understand about the sequence here in Jesus’ utterance. It’s this: the second sentence trumps the first. Abundant life vanquishes the works of the devil. Every single time.
This is not ying and yang. This is not a struggle between two equivalent opponents. The devil is not Jesus’ counterpart. If anything, Michael or Gabriel might be considered the devil’s counterpart. But when Jesus announces, “I have come that they might have life,” His majesty thunders out over the universe. The devil and all his minions tremble in terror. They must flee before His voice. Jesus’ name is “far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named” (Eph. 1:21, NKJV).
In another part of Scripture, we learn that Jesus came to earth “to destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8, ESV). Everywhere He went, that’s exactly what He did, culminating with His triumphant work of salvation of the cross. When Jesus’ life invades a space where the thief had been at work, light fills up that space, and darkness cannot stand before it. The devil must bow the knee.
Your enemy is terrified by the One who lives inside of you. By the blood of the Lamb, you can defeat him in every area of your life. “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Rom. 12:21, NKJV). This instruction is entirely possible for you because good is infinitely more powerful than evil.
When you enter into worship, do you use the eyes of your heart to gaze on Jesus, seated on the throne, far above every name that can be named?
Has “life more abundantly” dispelled darkness for you?