The Temptation of Christ

Then the devil, taking him up to a high mountain, showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give to You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be yours”

Jesus answered, “It is written:
You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him alone shall you serve‘”

Luke 4:5-8

Satan tempts us at the point of our physical needs

Not that we might gratify them to excess, but that we would think of nothing else and gratify them at the expense of our usefulness in this world

Satan tempts us at the point of our ambitions

Not that we might engage in positive evil,
but simply accept the fact of evil,
learn to live with it,
come to terms with it,
and maintain a discreet silence in the presence of it

Satan tempts us at the point of our religion

Not that we might disbelieve in God, but that we might demand certainty; that kind of certainty which leaves nothing at all to faith; nothing to God himself

These are the moral struggles that have reality for people such as we are

The subtle temptation to renounce our duty in favor of what is attractive; that insidious allurement to a kind of half goodness which is the essence of everything bad and which is more productive of suffering and hatred and war and misery in this world than all the designs of wicked and greedy men combined 

Arthur Leonard Griffith

 

The Law of Sin And Death
We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.

For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful naturea slave to the law of sin.
Romans 7:14-25

Life Through The Spirit
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set youfree from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,

God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.

And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.
Romans 8:1-6

 

 

 

 

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