Big Ideas: 1. Resist the Devil and He will Flee from You! Give in to him and he will Feast on You! (Jam 4:7; 1Pet 5:8-9). 2. The Temptation of Jesus is a Paradigm/Model for us to Deal the Devil & with Temptation. What is the purpose of the Temptations of Jesus? Heb 2:17-18; 4:15-16; cf. Heb 5:7-11 What is the purpose of our temptations? What are their Sources? The Devil was persistent; but Jesus was consistent. The Devil is no match for the person who is filled with the Spirit of God and the Word of God. Jesus was full of the Spirit and was led by the Spirit. cf. Acts 10:38; Gal 5:16, 25 The Holy Spirit is our Friend, Helper, Comforter, Advocate, Guide and so much more. The victorious Christian life and effective ministry are impossible without the fullness of the Holy Spirit! Jesus was led by the Spirit and the Devil tried to mislead Him and he failed! The battle is in the mind and for the mind. Here we have Three Rounds of a Wrestling Match. cf. Eph 6:10-20, esp. vs 12-20 They represent the Three Spheres of Temptations that we would ever face. 1Jn 2:15-17 The Temptation of Jesus were real, not imaginary. Heb 4:15-16. The same resources that were available to Jesus are available to us today, as it has always been to the saints in the NT. if we use them and walk as He did, we can be victorious over Satan, Sin/the Flesh, and the World. Other Scriptures on Temptations: Matthew 4:1-11 - Parallel to Luke 4:1-13 Genesis 3:1-24 Jam 1:12-16 1Corinthians 10:13 Matthew 26:41; Lu 22:40, 46; 1Pet 5:8 - Be ever vigilant Matthew 16:21-23 - Satan may use those who are close to us to tempt us. cf. Job 2:9-10 Discussion Questions: 1. What is temptation? 2. How is the temptation of Jesus similar to ours. 3. How is the temptation of Jesus different from ours. 4. How did Jesus face His temptation? What were the results? 5. How do we face our temptations? What is the typical results. - James 1:12-15 6. What was the purpose of the Jesus' temptation? 7. What is the purpose of ours? 8. What are the similarities & differences between a temptation, a trial & a testing, etc.? 9. What do we learn from the trials, testing & temptations of Job? 10. How does James help us to understand trials (Jam 1:2-4 ) and temptations? Jam 1:13-15?
Main point summary
Resist the Devil and He will Flee from You! Give in to him and he will Feast on You! (Jas 4:7; 1Pet 5:8-9). The Temptation of Jesus is a Paradigm/Model for us to Deal the Devil & with Temptation.
a Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, b returned from the Jordan
and was led around 1 by the Spirit in the wilderness
for a forty days, being tempted by the devil.
And He ate nothing during those days,
and when they had ended, He became hungry.
And the devil said to Him,
“If You are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”
And Jesus answered him,
“It is written, ‘ a Man shall not live on bread alone .’”
a And he led Him up
and showed Him all the kingdoms of 1 b the world in a moment of time.
And the devil said to Him,
“I will give You all this domain and 1 its glory;
a for it has been handed over to me,
and I give it to whomever I wish.
Therefore if You 1 worship before me,
it shall all be Yours.”
Jesus answered him,
“It is written, ‘ a You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only .’”
a And he led Him to Jerusalem
and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple,
and said to Him,
“If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here;
for it is written,
‘ a He will command His angels concerning You to guard You ,’
and, ‘ a On their hands they will bear You up , So that You will not strike Your foot against a stone .’”
And Jesus answered and said to him,
“It is said, ‘ a You shall not put the Lord your God to the test .’”
When the devil had finished every temptation,
he left Him until an opportune time.