Does the devil think that he can win?
In Matthew 4, Jesus is led out into the wilderness, where He was tempted for forty days by the devil. What did the devil think he was going to accomplish? And what was the Father's purpose in allowing His Son to undergo this?
Other Questions That We'll Answer:
A) What was the object of each of the three temptations?
B) Why did Jesus refer to Scripture at each opportunity?
C) How was Christ's temptation related to Adam's in Genesis 3?
Speaker: Rev. Dr. Toby Holt
Tonight we study Thomas Watson's teaching on the second part of the sixth petition of the Lord's Prayer, "And Deliver Us from Evil," with how the sins of God's people provoke Him more than the sins of the wicked. First, because the godly have a principle of grace to restrain us; Second, because God's people sin against more mercy; Third, because the sins of the godly sin against clearer illumination; Fourth, because the sins of the godly are against great experiences; Fifth, because they sin against their sonship; Sixth, because they are committed against more vows and engagements; Seventh, because they bring greater reproach upon religion; Eighth, because they encourage and harden wicked men in sin. Thus, Christians " ... above all others, beware of presumptuous sin. Your sins wound conscience, weaken grace, and do more highly provoke God than the sins of others, and God will be sure to punish you (Amos 3:2) ... Though God does not blot you out of his book, yet he may cast you out of his presence. Psa 51:11. ... You may feel such lashes in your conscience, that you may roar out and think yourselves half in hell."
Revelation 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; 8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. 9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. 10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. 11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. 12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. 13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
Pursuing purity in your life including fleeing from sin. This means fearing God, looking away from images and scenes that lead to lust, eliminating known sources of temptation, and evading ungodly influences and compromising situations. Purity is worth the effort and shows your obedience to God.
We continue with Thomas Watson's study of the second part of the sixth petition of the Lord's Prayer, "And deliver us from evil," finishing the means to use to be kept from acts of sin, 9-13 of 13: (9) be diligent in a calling (Such as lively idly, expose themselves to sin. If we have no work to do, Satan will find us work.); (10) fix the eye of your mind upon the 'beauty of holiness'; (11) meditate frequently on death; (12) beware of a covetous heart; (13) be much in prayer to God.
Text: Mark 1:9-13 | Speaker: Levi Bakerink | Description: Who is Jesus? That is the question Mark leads his readers to ask as he begins his gospel account. Little information is given about Jesus, his background, his miraculous birth and upbringing, or the events leading up to his baptism and temptation. Rather, Mark focuses on the bigger picture—who is this person Jesus declared and demonstrated to be? He can be no other than the Messiah, the Son of God Himself.
Jesus was immediately cast into the wilderness by the Spirit to be tempted by the devil. Listen as we talk about Jesus in His role as Israel's great high priest, and how He responded to the temptation, and how believers today can resist temptation.
In this message, we discuss the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness. Jesus was tempted the entire 40 days, but only 3 temptations are recorded by both Matthew and Luke. The order of the temptations is different, probably owing the purpose the evangelists. This confrontation with Satan was necessary to establish Jesus and the second Adam. He was victorious over the devil, earning Him the right to pursue the establishment of the Kingdom of God.
Satan sought to get Jesus to act independently of God by doing something for Himself. Jesus responded with the Word of God, showing that everything in life must be governed by Word and will of God.
CHAPTER THREE Saints Should Not Be Discouraged, Whatever Their Condition May Be Having spoken of the two first doctrines, the third follows, which is this: The saints and people of God have no true reason for their discouragements, whatever their condition may be.
Bridge, William. A Lifting up for the Downcast . Digital Puritan Press. Kindle Edition.
Narrated by Brother Duane A. Linn