Thursday, March 09, 2017

THE DEGREE OF JESUS' TEMPTATION: EVERYTHING WAS ON THE LINE, Dan Mayfield

"7In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety. 8Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. 9And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation," Hebrews 5"

Satan tempted Jesus as he tempted Adam and all of Adam's children. If Jesus could not sin, all of the wilderness time of fasting and temptation was mere theater. If Jesus did not sin because He could not sin, then what He went through was NOT what men go through. God enjoins man to resist the devil and draw near to God. God enjoins us not to sin. We do this by faith because everything is on the line for us. If we succumb to the temptation, we lose our soul's salvation. This is why it's important to understand that Jesus was suffering the same as we do in temptations. He could have sinned and everything was on the line. This makes his victory all the more powerful and important to the Christian who will go through times of trial. Unless everything is not on the line, then it is mere theater. This is another reason that Calvinism is heretical because it makes everything to be theater. In fact, we can fall from God's grace and thus all the more we cling to the example of Jesus to stay faithful when tempted.

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