The Gospel of Luke ~ Chapter 4:3-8 ~ The Three Temptations of Satan towards Jesus, Pt. 1

Vol. 18, No. 23 – June 16, 2019

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Chapter 4

Vs. 3 -12, The Three Temptations of Satan.

Last week, having gone through and understanding the principles of Doctrine regarding our Lord’s Hypostatic Union, Kenosis, and Impeccability, we can better understand the temptations He endured.

As we have seen, Jesus was led into temptation by God the Holy Spirit, but was not tempted by God. God may bring us into temptation, Mat 6:13; 26:41; Job 1:12; 2:6, and may make temptation a blessing unto us, tempering it to our strength, and making us stronger by the victory over it, 1 Cor 10:13; James 1:2-4, 12, but God Himself never tempts us, James 1:13.

James 1:13, “Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am being tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone.” 

1 Cor 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it.”

And, as we have noted above, the three categories of Jesus’ temptations by Satan include: 1) Appetite, 2) Beauty, and 3) Ambitious pride. John calls them in 1 John 2:16, “For all that is in the world, 1) the lust of the flesh, and 2) the lust of the eyes, and 3) the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world, (Satan’s cosmic system).” We could also characterize these as 1) The fleshly, 2) The aesthetic, and 3) The spiritual or intellectual temptation.

Every temptation by Satan falls into one of these three areas. Temptation is primarily an attempt to get one to act independently of God by implanting a desire for self-assertion or self-determination; to go one’s own way, Prov 14:12-18; Isa 53:6.

Isa 53:6, “All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.”

Satan used these three on Adam and woman in the Garden of Eden, and he continues to use them on us today, as John warns. Because he has been using them since day one of human history, he most likely used them with the Angelic race prior to the creation of man, to lead them in rebellion against God.

Interestingly, the first Adam, who was tested in a beautiful garden of delight, with every creature subject to his will and provided with everything necessary to sustain and strengthen him physically, failed. But, the Last Adam, spending forty days with the wild beasts of the wilderness and without food, was victorious in that terrible wilderness.

In the Garden of Eden, Adam’s sin was more than merely eating forbidden fruit; it was disobeying the revealed Word of God, believing the lie of Satan, and placing his own will above God’s. This is what Satan wanted Jesus to also do, as he wants you and me to do as well.

Though the particular tests of our Lord were out of the ordinary experience of human beings, because they were a testing towards His Deified powers, the areas of testing which they represent are common to all people. All sinful desires can be classified as either lusts of the flesh, lusts of the eyes, or the boasting about possessions, (or a combination thereof, 1 John 2:16). The tests which Satan put the Lord through fall into those three categories.

  1. Appetite: To turn stone into bread would have self-satisfied His human fleshly hunger for food.
  2. Beauty: To worship before Satan would have returned the glorious dominions of His creation back to Him.
  3. Pride: To throw Himself off of the pinnacle would have self-aggrandized His Deity and status as the Son of God.

Using these three categories of temptations, Satan tempted our Lord’s Kenosis in three areas. Each were directed towards Jesus’ reliance upon God to satisfy His problems, rather than His own Deity.

  1. Temptation to act independently of the filling of the Spirit, Luke 4:3-4.
  2. Temptation in relationship to the Plan of God, Luke 4:5-8.
  3. Temptation in relationship to the Word of God, Luke 4:9-12.

As such, Satan’s objectives were threefold.

  1. He sought to destroy the doctrine of KENOSIS, (i.e., Jesus use your Deity to satisfy your problem).
  2. He sought to fulfill his original sin to make himself like the Most High, Isa 14:14, (i.e., Jesus worship me).
  3. He sought to annihilate the prototype spiritual life, (Jesus falsely apply the Word of God).

Oswald Chambers notes, “Temptation means a test of the possessions held within the inner, spiritual part of our being by a power outside us and foreign to us. This makes the temptation of our Lord explainable. After Jesus’ baptism, having accepted His mission of being the One “who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29) He “was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness” (Matthew 4:1) and into the testing devices of the devil. Yet He did not become weary or exhausted. He went through the temptation “without sin,” and He retained all the possessions of His spiritual nature completely intact.” (My Utmost for His Highest)

To do so, our Lord’s humanity continued to reside inside the prototype spiritual life, and continued to be sustained by the Holy Spirit, the Word, and the Father’s logistical grace.

As we see, the humanity of our Lord was being tempted by Satan to first perform a lawful miracle in an unlawful manner. What was so wrong then with Satan’s suggestion to perform a miracle to turn stones into bread? The source was Satan. Unlike Adam, who was tempted to do something forbidden by God, Jesus certainly could have performed a miracle. Yet, because it would have been by the misleading of Satan, in independent self-will, it would have been wrong.

These testings were designed to tempt Jesus Christ to operate independently of God the Holy Spirit in problem solving. If the Deity of Christ acts independently of the filling of the Spirit, the humanity of Christ destroys the prototype spiritual life.

Similarly, if we act independently of the filling of God the Holy Spirit, our spiritual life becomes vanity (MATIOTES), cf. Eph 4:17-19; 2 Peter 2:18.

Eph 4:17, “So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility (vanity) of their mind.”

2 Peter 2:18, “For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error.”

Satan attacks the humanity of Christ at the point of His strength. This was a temptation to compromise the prototype spiritual life. Our Lord’s strength was the filling of the Holy Spirit and metabolized Bible doctrine circulating in His stream of consciousness. Satan attacked the two power options. He attempted to get our Lord to operate independently of the filling of the Spirit and Bible doctrine. Satan was tempting our Lord to violate the will and plan of God, a sin which is committed by believers every day.

Yet, our Lord had several objectives during His First Advent.

  1. To present Himself to Israel as Messiah.
  2. To provide eternal salvation for the entire human race.
  3. To test and prove the prototype spiritual life.
  4. To become the greatest witness against Satan in his appeal trial.

To make these happen, our Lord Jesus Christ refused to solve His problems apart from the spiritual life that God the Father had provided. In doing so, Jesus Christ provided us with the Divine solution to our problems.

In order to accomplish our Lord’s four objectives, He, as well as God the Father, allowed Himself to go through these three temptations, each having its own specific meaning and accomplishment.

The First Temptation:

Luke 4:3-4, “And the devil (DIABOLOS, “Slanderous, false accuser, the adversary, the devil”) said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread’. 4And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE’”.”

The first temptation was one regarding “Appetite,” literally in this case. It was a temptation to turn stone into bread that would have self-satisfied His human fleshly hunger for food. This temptation was to act independently of the filling of the Spirit, Luke 4:3-4, as Satan sought to destroy the doctrine of KENOSIS, (i.e., Jesus use your Deity to satisfy your problem).

In the first temptations, it is obvious that Satan knew Jesus’ position as the Son of God. As such, the object of the first temptation was not so much to make Jesus doubt His relationship with the Father, but to distract Him from it; just as he tempts us to do every day.

How did Satan know Jesus could perform miracles, when Jesus had not performed any as of this time? He knew because he knew who Jesus really was, the Son of God, the 2nd Person of the Trinity. This is good information to use when witnessing. If Satan knew that Jesus was the Messiah Christ, then the unbeliever can too! Cf. Mat 8:29; Mark 1:24; 5:7; Luke 4:34; 8:28.

In this temptation by Satan, Jesus was tempted to perform a miracle to solve His human problem of hunger. The dichotomy of miracles and the prototype spiritual life caused Satan to assume that he had discovered a weak spot in the line of defense in the area of miracles. The dichotomy between miracles and the prototype spiritual life is that miracles always belong to the Divine nature and the prototype spiritual life is under the custodianship of the human nature of Jesus Christ.

The strategy of Satan was to use a false, compromising, or spurious miracle to destroy both KENOSIS and the prototype spiritual life. Satan tempted Jesus Christ to by-pass the prototype spiritual life, to operate independently of God and Bible doctrine circulating in His stream of consciousness, to get Him to reject the Problem Solving Devices. The temptation was to do a right thing in a wrong way. The miracle of compromise called for the human nature of Christ to use His Divine nature to turn the stones of the desert into bread. This was tempting Jesus Christ to perform a lawful thing in an unlawful manner.

Yet, Satan underestimated the power of the prototype spiritual life. Our Lord defeated Satan with the power of Bible doctrine, the Word of God metabolized in the soul when He replied, in vs. 4, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE’.” He quoted Deut 8:3; cf. Mat 4:4.

Deut 8:3, “He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD.”

Jesus hung on to the words of God that had already been spoken to Him. He was attentive to His Father’s business, Luke 2:49.

The context in Deut 8:2-3, tells us that the Israelites were being proven and tested and taught not to rely on their own power to provide for needs but to trust and obey God, knowing that He provides.

Israel spent forty years in a wilderness, where there were no means of human subsistence. Yet, they did not starve but were Divinely provided for. This was done to prove to every age that human support does not depend upon what man can make, (i.e., bread), but upon God’s unfailing Word of promise and pledge of all needful providential care through His logistical grace blessing. As such, could Jesus depend upon any other sustenance but that which the Father would provide? The Son of God was able to turn stones into bread through a miracle, but what the Son of God is able to do is not the question. Rather it is, “Would man trust in God’s provisions for his every need?” As man, Jesus would await the Divine provision, not doubting that at the right time it would arrive.

Therefore, for the believer, there is no solution to the problems of life apart from God’s provisions and the Problem Solving Devices. Miracles are not designed to solve your problems. For example, Paul prayed for a miracle three times to have his “thorn in the flesh” removed, yet, the answer was, “No,” 2 Cor 12:7-10. And He remember God’s answer in vs. 9, “And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”

Why pray for a miracle when you have a day to day spiritual life that is far greater and far more powerful in a moment by moment existence? Miracles are not Problem Solving Devices. Miracles are not a part of the spiritual life. You have Problem Solving Devices. God performs miracles based on His Sovereign will, even without your prayers. Therefore, for the believer there is no solution to the problems of life through miracles. Miracles are even used by God for Divine discipline, so they are not Problem Solving Devices. The spiritual life and miracles are a dichotomy.

For example, Moses performed a lot of miracles, but they were not a part of his spiritual life. The miracles were performed by God for Moses even when he was out of fellowship, e.g., the second Merabah, Num 20:1-13; cf. Ex 17:7. A miracle was performed when Moses was out of fellowship because the spiritual life of the believer does not include miracles.

Therefore, in the first temptation, Satan wanted Jesus to use His Divine powers to meet His own needs outside of the will and Plan of God. It was a question of putting immediate needs ahead of eternal purposes. Yet, here we see the obedience of our Lord to the Plan of God the Father, rather than solving His problems His own way with His own power. As such, we see that Jesus’ obedience implies relationship, relationship to God the Father, the Holy Spirit, and the Word, which is key to understanding the other two temptations as well.

Finally, as I noted above, if Jesus had turned the stone into bread at Satan’s request, He would have become the great “stumbling stone,” rather than, “The Bread of Life,” which He was. He would not have fulfilled the objectives of 1) Presenting Himself to Israel as Messiah; 2) Providing eternal salvation for the entire human race; 3) Testing and proving the prototype spiritual life; 4) Becoming the greatest witness against Satan in his appeal trial inside the Angelic Conflict.

The Second Temptation:

Luke 4:5-8, “And he led Him up and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6And the devil said to Him, “I will give You all this domain and its glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 7Therefore if You worship before me, it shall all be Yours.” 8Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD AND SERVE HIM ONLY’”.”

Luke’s order of temptations is different from Matthews, as Luke reverses the 2nd and 3rd temptations noted in Matthew’s order. Interestingly, Luke’s reversal aligns with the three categories of temptation from Satan in Gen 3:6, and 1 John 2:16. As we noted from the beginning of this Gospel, Luke’s account does not claim to be chronological. Therefore, we see that Matthew’s may be. But, remember that the inspired Gospel writers were not recording mere chronological events of Jesus’ life, but theological ones as well; thus, they did not always write in order of time, and occasionally in order of theological importance, as Luke has done here.

Here, Luke points to the second category of satanic temptation, “beauty.” Satan showed Jesus all the glorious kingdom of the world, which he had won from Adam. To worship before Satan would have returned the glorious dominions of Jesus’ creation back to Him. He would have all things of this world in subjection to Him. He would be “King of the World!”

Yet, as we also noted above, this was a temptation in relation to the Plan of God the Father, and Jesus’ relationship with the Father. Would Jesus wait on God’s timing to give Him “all things,” Psa 2:7-9; 110:1; Dan 7:13-14; 1 Cor 15:27; Eph 1:22; Heb 1:1-13; 2:8; 10:13; or would He take the shortcut and get them right now? Would Jesus remain loyal to the one true God, or grab all the gusto He can? Would He worship Satan and abandon loyalty to the Father, which is a direct challenge to the first commandment? Ex 20:3.

Now, in Matthew’s account, Satan’s first two temptations began with “if You are the Son of God,” which is a direct attack towards His Deity and Kenosis, as we have noted. But, in Matthew’s 3rd and Luke’s 2nd temptation, Satan omits those words. Why? Well, because this was a direct attack towards the humanity of Jesus Christ to circumvent the Father’s plan to give Jesus “all things.” As God, Jesus already possessed “all things,” and as God’s Son, Jesus had a right to the entire world as the heir of God, Mat 21:33-43. Yet, in His humanity He first had to go to the Cross, suffer, and die for our sins. Then the Father would “give Him all things,” as noted in the passages above, especially in Hebrews chapter 1; cf. Psa 110:1; Luke 24:26.

Luke 24:26, “Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?”

Psa 110:1, “The LORD says to my Lord: ‘Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet’.”

By serving God, Jesus obtained all the earthly authority which the devil offered Him, with the addition of all heavenly authority, Mat 28:18. So much better are the rewards of God than Satan’s.

Mat 28:18, “And Jesus came up (after His resurrection) and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth’.”

There is no quick and easy road to Messianic glory or to spiritual survival in a hostile world. We can only trust in the promises of God and apply His Word to every temptation that Satan throws at us, just as Jesus did.

In addition, with this temptation Satan also sought to fulfill his original sin to make himself like the Most High, Isa 14:14.

Isa 14:14, “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds (i.e., God’s glory); I will make myself like the Most High (i.e., God).”

If Jesus would have bowed down to him, Jesus would have made Satan His authority, just as God the Father was. That is why it says “and he led Him up.” Just as Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness and temptation, so here Satan is trying to do his own “leading,” ANAGO, ἀνάγω of Jesus as the counterfeit to God the Holy Spirit. Therefore, if Satan was able to successfully “lead” Jesus into sin, human good, or evil, he would receive whatever authority was or would be bestowed upon Jesus, just as it happened with Adam’s authority over the world, thereby giving Satan his legitimate ability to give Jesus, “all the kingdoms of the world.”

Interestingly, “world,” is the same word used in the Roman census taking in Luke 2:1, the Noun OIKOUMENE, οἰκουμένη. Therefore, we see the arrogance of Satan, just as we saw the arrogance of the Emperor regarding his rule and authority.

In a moment of time,” is the Noun STIGME, στιγμή that means, “a point, a moment of time, or an instant,” used only here in the NT, with CHRONOS, χρόνος for “time.” How this occurred or by what manner is unknown to us. The mountain top certainly was not high enough, nor could a human see far enough for this to happen as we would think. Therefore, there must have been some supernatural event that occurred to give Jesus this vision. Or, maybe Satan just pointed in the directions of the kingdoms and described them. We just do not know.

Vs. 6, “And the devil said to Him, “I will give You all this domain and its glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.”

“Domain” is the noun EXOUSIA, ἐξουσία that means, “authority, right, or power.” It is delegated authority to rule.

Satan is able to give Jesus the “kingdoms of the world,” because he presently has custodianship over them, John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11; 1 John 5:19. It is the result of leading Adam to sin. So, Satan has been allowed some authority on earth, but it is limited and temporary, Rev 20:10.

John 12:31, “Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.”

1 John 5:19, “We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.”

Rev 20:10, “And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”

Note also, that this was the only temptation wherein Satan displayed any show of generosity. He is slow to give anything, and most of us sell out to him for nothing, Isa 52:3.

We also see that in Satan giving Jesus all of his kingdoms, he was enticing Jesus into a new “father-son” relationship. It was a proposal of an alliance between the Son and Satan. Just as ancient monarchs passed down their kingdoms to their heir, so too was Satan attempting to pass down his rulership to Jesus, albeit by Jesus honoring him, thereby establishing a new “father-son” relationship between Satan and Jesus. This would further fulfill Satan’s attempt to “be like the Most High.”

Vs. 7, “Therefore if You worship before me, it shall all be Yours.”

This is the offer of the kingdom without the Cross!

Once again we have an “if” temptation stipulation. In these temptations, Satan uses three “ifs.” From Luke’s account, the first and third temptations, use a “first class if,” meaning, “if and it is true.” These are in relation to Jesus’ Deity as being the Son of God. As we noted above, Satan did not use that phrase in this 2nd temptation, but he did use another “if.” This one is called a “third class” if, meaning, “maybe you will or maybe you will not.” It is the “if” of potential. It uses the Conjunction EAN with a Subjunctive Verb. The verb here is PROSKUNEO. So, this “if” is a question of uncertainty of fulfillment, but having the potential to be fulfilled.

As such, Satan’s stipulation for handing over the kingdoms of the world to Jesus was to “worship” Satan. Worship is the Verb PROSKUNEO, προσκυνέω that means, “fall down and worship, bow down to, show reverence to, etc.” It is from the preposition PROS, “to,” and KUNEO, “to kiss.” The origin of this term probably lies in the ancient custom of putting one’s hand on one’s mouth in a kissing gesture and then extending the hand toward a person of higher status, especially a deity. But, by the classical Greek period, PROSKUNEO was a technical expression for worshiping the gods. In the Bible, it typically is used for the worship of God.

Now, when Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness and asked Him to worship him, he exposed himself as an opponent of God at the most basic level. At first glance this does not seem like much of a temptation at all, yet there was a real attraction here for Jesus. Frequently in the OT, prophets predicted that the descendant of David would rule over the entire world and that many peoples would come to Jerusalem to worship the one true God. This temptation to set up an earthly kingdom that would displace the Roman government was what most Jews were looking for. To get it now, meant that Jesus would need to compromise His calling. It meant He would have to use the world’s methods to bring men freedom, and it meant a crown would be won without a Cross.

As such, this was an appeal to Jesus to obtain by physical rather than by spiritual power the entire world, by the short-cut path of policy rather than by the long road of suffering and martyrdom. Rather than having to suffer and go to the Cross, Satan would give Jesus the speedier possession by simply bowing down and worshipping Satan. Jesus then could reveal Himself in power and authority above generals, princes, kings, and all beings of all ages, rather than a lowly carpenter’s son or a wilderness prophet. All the desires of glorious human ascension, power, authority, wealth, and riches were presented in this temptation.

Yet, as you can image, from the standpoint of Jesus’ Divinity, this temptation was repulsive. It was a large offer in the sight of Satan, but a small one in the sight of Him who made all the worlds. Similarly, such offers are large to the children of the world, but small to those who are by faith joint-heirs with Christ, Rom 8:17; Phil 3:7-8.

“Satan and God each seek the worship of man, but from very different motives. God is holiness and goodness, and we are invited to worship him that we may thereby be induced to grow like him. But Satan seeks worship for vanity’s sake. How vast the vanity which would give so great a reward for one act of worship! Verily the devil is fond of it. He gives nothing unless he obtains it, and all his generosity is selfishness. Worshiping before Satan is the bending of the soul rather than of the body. He holds before each of us some crown of success, and says: “Bend just a little; slightly compromise your conscience. Accept the help of Pharisee and Sadducee, and keep silent as to their sins. Mix a little diplomacy with your righteousness. Stoop just a little. If you do, I will aid you and insure your success. If you do not, I will defeat you and laugh at your failures.” It is Satan’s sin to make such suggestions, but it is not our sin until we comply with them. We may more quickly obtain by his wrong way, but more surely by God’s right way. Let no Christian be humiliated or discouraged by gross temptation, since even the Son of God was tempted to worship the devil. What Jesus would not do, the Beast has done, and has received the kingdoms for a season (Rev 13:1-9). Note, too, that it is all one whether we worship Satan, or mammon, the gift which he offers—Matt 6:24.” (The Fourfold Gospel: or A Harmony of the Four Gospels.)

Mat 6:24, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”

Jesus had come into the world not only to rule as King, but first to give His life as a ransom for many, therefore His answer was a resounding NO THANK YOU!

In vs. 8, “Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD AND SERVE HIM ONLY’”.”

Jesus shows His complete allegiance to God. He thwarted the devil’s attempts with Israel’s great confession: “You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve,” Deut 6:13; 10:20; cf. Mat 4:10.

This text comes from a portion of a passage that follows the great SHEMA, Deut 6:4-9, which a Jew recited daily. That verse notes one other important reality: with worship comes service. True service means remaining allied to God and is part of your worship towards God.

Jesus quoted passages from Deuteronomy that are associated with the time of the Israelites’ wilderness wandering. In the wilderness, not only do we see the first temptation comparison with the “manna from heaven,” but we also see the Israelites were tempted to worship something other than God, cf. Ex 32, just as Jesus was. The difference between these two times of testing is that Jesus was successful in conquering temptation, while the Israelites were not. This demonstrates that Jesus is the superior “Israel” of God.

This “worship” is also PROKUNEO, and “serve” is the Verb LATREUO, λατρεύω that means, “serve or worship.” In secular Greek, it initially meant, “to work for payment.” That is, putting yourself in service of another. Over time, however, the idea of payment gave way to the idea of service. Subsequently, it is often translated “to serve,” and it may refer to either physical labor or to other types of work and service, including the service or worship of a deity. The Hebrew equivalent of Deut 6:13, is SHAVA translated, “swear.” But the swearing is to make an oath of service to someone. So, “serve” is the intent of SHAVA.

In this response, Jesus is stating who His true allegiance is with, God the Father, and not Satan. Jesus’ relationship with the Father was what enabled Him to eventually conquer Satan, as He wholeheartedly trusted in the Father even to the last, Luke 23:46, “And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, INTO YOUR HANDS I COMMIT MY SPIRIT.’ Having said this, He breathed His last.”

So, Jesus sought the more difficult path, which in this case, was the Father’s plan of Salvation. As a result, being stronger than Satan, Jesus had come to regain his kingdom, not by treaty, but by conquest, Luke 11:19-22. Moreover, he would obtain it as a spiritual and not as a carnal kingdom.

“Christians are constantly attacked at this point. In the attempt to further the cause of God they sometimes stoop to use less than godly means. Though not always readily apparent, the results are as absurd and as futile as washing with mud. Often Christians are as so caught up in ministry that they forget who they are serving. The program is pushed, but the Person is pushed aside.” (Complete Biblical Library Commentary).

“Servants of Christ should remember this. Every attempt to establish Messiah’s kingdom as an outward, worldly dominion is an effort to convert the kingdom of heaven into the kingdom of the devil. God’s kingdom cannot be secularized.” (The Fourfold Gospel: or A Harmony of the Four Gospels).

“We have to ask ourselves the question: Do we worship the ministry? Or, do we minister to worship? If the reason for the Kingdom is forgotten (i.e., a relationship with God), then the means of building the Kingdom are liable to be compromised.” (Complete Biblical Library Commentary)

Finally, if Jesus gave in to this temptation, He would not have fulfilled the objectives of 1) Presenting Himself to Israel as Messiah; 2) Providing eternal salvation for the entire human race; 3) Testing and proving the prototype spiritual life; 4) Becoming the greatest witness against Satan in his appeal trial of the Angelic Conflict. Yet, He did not. And as a result of His continued and steadfast worship of the Father and the Father only, Jesus was given all authority and rule both on earth and in heaven.

Scripture teaches that the Messiah should first suffer and only then “enter His glory,” Luke 24:26. And because of Jesus’ faithful service to God, there is a day soon coming when the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdom of our God and His Christ. In that day Satan himself will have to acknowledge that “Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father,” as all created intelligences will prostrate themselves before Him to worship and honor Him as God, even though many will do it with weeping and gnashing of teeth because of the rebellion of their hearts, cf. Psa 72:11; Zech 9:9-10; Mat 28:18.

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A PERSONAL NOTE FOR YOU

If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I am here to tell you that Jesus loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His life for you. God the Father also loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His only Son for you by sending Him to the Cross. At the Cross Jesus died in your place. Taking upon Himself all of your sins and all of my sins. He was judged for our sins and paid the price for our sins. Therefore, our sins will never be held against us.

Right where you are, you now have the opportunity to make the greatest decision in your life. To accept the free gift of salvation and eternal life by truly believing that Jesus Christ died for your sins and was raised on the third day as the proof of the promise of eternal life.

So right now, you can pause and reflect on what Christ has done for you and say to the Father:

“Yes Father, I believe that Your Son, Jesus Christ,
died on the cross for the forgiveness of my sins.”

If you have done that, I welcome you to the eternal Family of God!

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