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Temptation - Sin - Death - Redemption

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 James 1:13-15 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Hebrews 4:15aFor we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities;” Now there were only three points of temptation. You may say, well he wasn’t tempted with crack or marijuana, he wasn’t tempted with fornication or pornography or homosexuality or whatever. True many of the things by which men are tempted today didn’t exist back then, but every known kind of sin did exist. As Solomon said, there truly is nothing new under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 1:9-10The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.” The hearts of men have always been the same. They have the same desires, lusts, pursuits temptations and complaints; it’s only that the form they take may be different to different people. It’s may be a different fruit or manifestation, but the same root and source. Physical lusts that are expressed in fornication or adultery, pornography or any other named sexual sin or perversion have the same source and root of the lusts of the flesh, just like anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, murder, malice, contempt, wrath, gossip and a hundred other expressions all come from the same root of hatred which comes from the pride of life. According to scripture there are only three basic types or kinds of temptation in the world.

1John 2:15-16Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”

          Lust is lust, the specifics of how the temptation comes to us is not important or relevant. The way Jesus was tempted with lust is just as much as viably a temptation as ours is. These things are a part of our everyday life and the spirit behind the temptation is the same. 1Corinthians 10:13There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” All types of temptation are common to all men and all men are tempted in these three areas. Besides, Jesus wasn’t just tempted by a fallen nature to sin, by his flesh or even by some small devil of lust, but by Satan himself, who is the leader and source of all lust and pride. He coveted God’s position and honor and lusted after something that was not his and was filled with pride and hatred. Isaiah 14:13-15 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.”

          Luke 4:1-4 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered. And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” If thou be the son of God.” There is no question that Satan knew who Jesus was and it is precisely at this point that he tempts Jesus. Jesus was tempted to turn the stone into bread because He was hungry. Remember this is a strong point of temptation because Jesus hadn’t eaten in 40 days in which he has been subjected to temptations in the wilderness. We are just given these three things and examples of the temptations he went through but the scripture says that this had been going on for 40 days so Jesus is weak, tired and weary of it all by this time. However and at what point the temptation comes to you, it will be at the point where you are weak and most likely to fall into and accept the temptation. So it is not important as to how the temptation comes to you for it will always be at the place in which you are most vulnerable and susceptible to the temptation. This is why it doesn’t matter that Jesus was not tempted in the exact same way or with the exact same thing you are for the affect is the same and what it brings to you as a man or woman is the same. This was the temptation called the lust of the flesh. For you it might be that apple pie, that chocolate ice cream or candy, those chocolate chip cookies. Jesus answered the temptation, which included scripture that was twisted and misused by the devil, with scripture properly applied. Jesus said that the most important thing isn’t having physical food. Other scriptures validate that statement, but that is not the subject here but the temptations.

          Luke 4:5-8 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, showed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” The second point of temptation is called the lusts of the eye. Jesus was showed all these glorious things of this creation, something that Jesus himself created and offered them back to Jesus. How much and how easily we are tempted to lust by our eyes. Another word for it is covetousness, to covet, whether it is things we covet or a person, it is called idolatry. Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:”

Romans 7:7 What shall we say then? is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.” Both lust and covetousness are the same Greek word and used interchangeable. Paul is quoting from the Ten Commandments, “Thou shat not covet.” Without the law of God to act as a mirror that we might see ourselves in relationship to God’s standard, we are ignorant of our own human nature and perverseness of our hearts.

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Our self love keeps us blind to ourselves and what we are made of. So Paul said we couldn’t come to know the sinfulness of our own hearts, motives, thoughts and actions without the Word of God to reveal to us who and what we really are. But the law only shows us the exceeding sinfulness of our sin in relationship to a holy God without providing any relief for our sins and deliverance from them. That’s why it was meant to point us to Christ where alone is the relief for our sins and sin habits and the power of sin over our lives. Anyway, we see here that the scripture uses lust and covetousness interchangeably.

Back to the temptation of the eyes - we have to keep our eyes on Jesus. It’s looking at the things of the world that get us in trouble. 2Corinthians 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Most of what you see and look at when you are driving is a temptation to the lusts of the eye so you must learn to keep your eyes on the road because if you keep looking off you will go in the direction in which you are looking and have an accident and looking away from where you are headed for just a moment can cause an accident. Most of what is put on the TV today is to appeal to the lust of the eyes and the lust of the flesh and is not good that we should allow ourselves to be subjected to such temptations because they will affect us. There is no way we can continually subject ourselves to worldly lust and never be touched and drawn by them and our spirits damaged by them.

Psalm 101:3I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. Psalm 26:4-5 I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers. I have hated the congregation of evildoers; and will not sit with the wicked.” Psalm 119:37 Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way. Exodus 20:17Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.” If you do not watch what you look at and set your eyes on that which is tempting you will one day fall.

2Samuel 11:2-4aAnd it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon. And David sent and inquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite? And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her;” He looked and was drawn aside by lust and it conceived and became sin. Job wrote something that will keep us from such sin.

Job 31:1 I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid? Again we are talking about what we look at with our eyes and how it affects us. Yet so many professing Christians think nothing of going to the movies and watching nakedness and sexual promiscuousness. It will and does affect them and does destroy you spiritually. Proverbs 6:25 Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids. Matthew 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” If we will have God’s blessing and approval upon our lives, then watching what we look at with our eyes is important.

Isaiah 33:15-17 He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil; He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure. Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.” Which would you rather look upon, evil or the king in His beauty, because you can’t look upon both. Notice that you also are affected by what you listen to or hear just like what you see. We can sin with our ears as well as with our eyes.

          Luke 4:9-12 And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” The third temptation was that of the pride of life. If you think your somebody then show it off for everyone to see, show them who you really are and they will bow down and worship you as their Messiah. Many get caught here, the need to perform, the need to impress others, the need to prove yourself, the need to be successful. The pride of life is a very strong drive with which we were born and from which it is so easy to be tempted. Everyone desires to be someone special or important or to be recognized. Men want to be recognized as better than other, as superior in some aspect or more capable and talented or whatever. The desire for position, prestige, power and authority is just another also a type of lust and it stems from pride. Pride and lust work together hand and hand, complementing and assisting one another so that together they produce an even greater temptation. Eve was tempted in all three areas at one time; slam, bam, thank you and I got you mam – your now mine. Genesis 3:6And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”

          Luke 4:13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.When you stand against the devil by submit yourself to God according to James 4:7 the devil will leave you, but only for a season. He will always come back when he sees another opportunity and moment or point of weakness on your part.

Not only was it necessary that Jesus come on the same terms as Adam, but he had to be tempted in all points and yet without sin, that he might become our high priest and redeemer. Hebrews 4:15-16For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Like I said previously, there are only three points or areas in which we are tempted, it’s just that the temptation comes in a different form using a different thing or weakness in your life. The reason Jesus didn’t fall into any temptation is that he had no weakness of a sinful fleshly nature, but neither did Adam before he sinned in rebellion and disobedience. Satan probed and tried to find one, but unlike all men before, he found none. John 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.”

Philippians 2:5-8 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” 1Corinthians 15:19-23, 42-49 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming… So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.” Jesus was of necessity made in the image of man and took on himself the form of man and humbled himself to be a man, the second Adam, coming on the same terms and grounds as the first Adam.

Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” In this passage Death in Adam is contrasted with life in Christ, or the results of Adams death by sin, and Christ’s death taking our sins upon himself that we might have redemption from sin. This passage shows the far-reaching effect of the actions of each of these two men. Adam’s fall and sin negatively affected the entire human race and brought us all under his sin such that instead of being born innocent and pure, we are born sinners with a nature to sin. The results of the lives of these two men are spiritual. Adam was the father of all living humans and stood as representing them, and Christ came to represent all men by dying for them on the cross. And so all men are spiritually related to one or both of these two men. By our natural birth we are all related to Adam, but by the second birth, being born again of the spirit of God, we become related to Christ, who has redeemed us from the condemnation of sin and through whom we have forgiveness of sins, through faith in the blood that He shed for us at Calvary.

Ephesians 1:7In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;” Adam choose to exalt himself to be like God, and so he began a race of people who would live by their own knowledge or idea of what was right and wrong and serving themselves rather than God. Jesus came to change that and begin a new race of men who would lay down their lives and live for the Father.

2Corinthians 5:14-15For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.” Originally Adam did not live for himself but to please and obey God that he might walk in fellowship with Him, then sin changed all that and all men have walked in rebellion toward God until Jesus came to do the will of God and call others to follow Him.

John 5:30; 6:38, 40; 1:12-13I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me… For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me… And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day… But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” Without the spirit of Christ, without being born again men naturally follow the will of their flesh or fallen nature. But in Christ we return to doing the will of the Father.

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” 1John 2:17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Romans 5:13-14 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.” The root Greek word for ‘figure’ in verse 14 means “a die (as struck), example, fashion, figure, form, pattern, print. The first Adam as the created son of God was the type and shadow, the form and pattern for the second Adam who was to come, Christ the eternal Son of God. In this comparison the first Adam was the root of sin and death to all mankind and the source of our sinful fallen nature and with Christ, who is to all true Christians the root of all holiness and eternal life. (V.15) “But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.” Through Adam’s sin or offense before God all were made sinners and exposed to the condemnation for sin but through the grace and mercy of God in Christ giving his life for our sins - comes the free gift of righteousness and salvation. As by the offence of one, Adam, sin and therefore death prevailed to the condemnation of all men, so by the righteousness of one, Jesus Christ, the grace of God prevailed to the justification of all to come to Him by faith. Even though through Adam’s sin the wrath and judgment of God came upon the human race, through Jesus Christ God’s free salvation became available to all men, showing that the grace of God is greater than all man’s sin. Romans 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:”

Romans 5:16-19 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” Isaiah 53:10-12 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” 2Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” Jesus’ victory over sin and death provides us with victory over death – both the victory over spiritual death that comes from sin and the victory over physical death through his eternal life. “Shall many be made righteous” speaks of a process of sanctification that culminates in our glorification when Jesus comes for His bride.

          The first Adam died with His bride. Jesus, the second Adam died for His bride. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” John 15:13. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Man was tempted and sinned and thereby died spiritually, but Jesus lived and died without sin to bear our sins that we might be once again be made alive spiritually and be restored to fellowship with the Father. Ephesians 2:1-7And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins: Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

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