The Temptation of Jesus   1 comment

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Matt. 4, 1-11

Introduction.

Adam was the federal head of the race.  Christ the second Adam–our humanity.  Adam sinned and was driven into the wilderness.  Jesus goes there to overcome Satan.  Contemplates his life’s work.  Satan insinuates his plans for His life.

1.  

(1)  He first appeals to the bodily appetites as he did in Eden.  You were recently declared to be the Son of God, if so command bread ere you die.  But Jesus came to do his Father’s will.  When he says do it I will.

(2)  Subject my higher to my lower nature?  Not by bread alone, but by higher things.  He performed no miracle for himself.

2.

If your trust is so implicit, then cast yourself down from the pinnacle of the temple; He will preserve you and folks will believe you.  But I will not tempt the Father thus, when He says so I will.  This is an appeal to the spectacular, idle curiosity, something strange.  Such methods are not of God, but of Satan.

3.

Jesus came to establish a world empire.  So Satan offers him all if He will but fall down and worship him.  He offers a political kingdom.  Jesus bids him depart.  I will worship only my Father who sent me.  Mine is a spiritual kingdom and so are my methods through Calvary is in my path.

From that hour Jesus is Conqueror and we may conquer through him.  Then angels came and ministered unto him.  Blessed truth.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted August 29, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 S-Z, Matthew

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