Satan Tempts the God-Man
We have learned many things concerning Satan and his work as
This morning we’re going to
look at a very magnificent passage of Scripture which has to do with
Satan tempting the God-man.
It is possible
for a believer who is functioning in the right way to overcome and to be
victorious over the worst thing that Satan and the demons can bring against him. This is demonstrated by that great event
described for us in Scripture on the day that Jesus Christ was
baptized, and he walked out of those baptismal waters, and under the guidance now of God
the Holy Spirit, He was let out into the desert wilderness, and there, as a
human being, in the same capacities that you and I have, came into
confrontation with Satan, on a face-to-face meeting.
So we’re going to look at the temptation of Jesus Christ
which is very revealing to us relative to our own dealing with Satan. But before we can understand the temptation
of Christ and the issue involved there, it is necessary for us to brief
you on two basic biblical doctrines.
One is called the doctrine of the hypostatic union.
The meaning of the term “hypostatic” refers to a mode of being
which gives distinct individuality.
Some form of being.
Hypostatic union is a theological term.
You will not find it in the Bible, but it is a term of theology, and it refers to the nature
of the mode of being of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ, we have one personality. But
in this one personality, and this is what hypostatic union means, you have one person, but in this one
personality, are two distinct natures.
There is a human nature and there is a divine nature.
These two natures are distinct and they are totally dissimilar. They
are true humanity and they are true deity.
For this reason we call Jesus
Christ the theanthropic person, or the God-man.
When you are describing Jesus Christ, He is a unique being. He
is the God-man.
There never was another like Him, and there
never will be.
There are many Scriptures
which deal with the hypostatic union, which you may read through at
leisure (Philippians 2:5-11, John 1:1-14, Romans 1:2-5, Romans 9:5, 1
3:16, Hebrews 2:14).
the deity of Jesus Christ, the doctrine of the
hypostatic union teaches us that Jesus Christ has undiminished deity. He
He is co-equal
with the Father.
He is co-equal
with God the Holy Spirit.
In the wilderness
temptation, we will see that He did not use His deity
to meet Satan.
Instead, He met
exactly the same way that you and I have to meet him day by
to the humanity of Jesus Christ, He was 100% pure
He was possessed
of a body and
of a soul and of a human spirit, as any other human spirit. Because
He had a virgin birth, He had no old
sin nature, and therefore His human spirit was not dead as ours is at
of birth, but it was alive.
the first thing to learn about the hypostatic union is
that you have one person with two natures, not just one nature such as
He had a human
nature which was
absolutely perfect humanity.
He also had
a divine nature which was undiminished deity.
It was perfect
deity in every respect.
two natures are united in one person without any
transfer of attributes.
The two natures
experience no mixture or loss of identity.
Nothing goes over
from the human nature to the divine, or from the
divine to the human.
They are never
mixed in any way whatsoever.
retains its own characteristics. The
essence of deity cannot be transferred to the limitations of humanity,
finiteness of humanity to the infinity of deity. If
you would transfer these, what would
You would have
humanity nor true deity.
So in the
person of Jesus Christ, these are not mixed in any way.
deity of Jesus Christ does not possess the humanity nor
does it indwell it.
The two are not
mixed in any way.
The two remain
They do not join
totally different nature.
This is a
mistake that people think concerning Jesus Christ, that His human and
divine natures coalesce in some way that they became a totally
kind of nature.
Not true. The
two separate natures are combined, but
they retain their identity in this one person.
more than just compatibility or harmony of the two natures. It
is a true union of separate entities.
both the divine and the human attributes belong to the
one person, the incarnate Jesus Christ.
So at His first
advent, the God-man Jesus Christ could be omnipotent
when it came to His deity, but He could also be weak, physically weak,
same time, and limited.
The humanity of
Jesus Christ could be ignorant concerning doctrine, which He overcame
way you overcome ignorance about doctrine, in that you study and learn
At the same time,
in His deity, He had
omniscience and He knew full doctrine.
In the hypostatic
union, two natures in one person, He could have these
apparently contradictory features about His being.
fulfilling the purpose of His incarnation, certain
attributes of His deity were not used.
attributes of deity, while not used, were not surrendered
They were simply
brings us another doctrine, the kenosis, where He
deliberately limited the outward display of the attributes of His deity. He
gave up the independent use of His divine
attributes, is what it amounted to, while He lived here on the earth. And
He operated within human
For this reason,
came to a head-on confrontation with Jesus Christ in the wilderness,
struck at was not the deity of Christ.
But what he
struck at was the same thing he strikes at in you and
He struck the
Therefore, we can
learn a great deal on how
to cope with Satan and the demonic world from the experience of Jesus
that wilderness temptation.
was a reason why Jesus Christ had to have a humanity
that was pure humanity.
First, in order
to be the savior of humanity (Hebrews 2:14-15, Philippians 2:7-8). If
He was to be savior, He had to be
It is impossible
for Jesus Christ
to die on the cross as God.
If He was to die
on the cross for
our sins, it was necessary for Him to be human.
Deity cannot be
subject to spiritual death.
Only humanity can
be subject to that.
So for that
reason, to be savior, He had to
He had to be human in order to be a mediator (Job
9:2, 32-33, 1 Timothy 2:5-6).
has to be equal with both parties. If
He’s going to be a mediator between God and man, He has to be
equal to God on
the one side, and He has to be equal to man on the other side. He
has to be God on the one side and he has
to be humanity on the other side, or He could not be the go-between,
mediator between God and man.
it was necessary for Him to be human in order to be
our priest (Hebrews 10:5, 10-14) because a priest has to be part of
he represents before God.
could not represent us before God as God.
He could only
represent us before God as what we are, that is, human
He had to be human in order to be king and to
fulfill thereby the Davidic Covenant (2 Samuel 7:8-16, Psalm 89:20-37). Jesus
Christ is coming to sit upon the throne
of David as the last king of the Davidic line.
He had to be a
human being to do this.
you can immediately see that as you view the life of
Jesus Christ, as you read of His activities, that you will discover
actions will flow from one of these two natures. For
that reason, you will discover,
concerning Him, that sometimes His deity alone is acting.
8:58 speaks about His eternal
There are certain
which are true only of His deity. All
the qualities of the essence of God—His sovereignty, His
omniscience, omnipresence, veracity, immutability, eternal life, love,
All of these
things are true of His
there are attributes that are true of His humanity
John 19:28 says
that He was thirsty.
Now God cannot be
So when you read
about a man-God, Jesus
Christ, being thirsty, you know it’s speaking about His human
there are attributes that are true of His entire
It is the man-God
redeemer, savior, prophet, priest, and king.
John 11:28 refers
to Him in this act of hypostatic union.
when you read about the attributes of Christ, it will be
either in His human, or His divine, or as His person as a whole, where
unite within Him as under the doctrine of the hypostatic union.
this leads us to another doctrine. This
is the doctrine of the impeccability of
Jesus Christ did
not have an old
sin nature (1 John 3:5).
The reason that
He did not have an old sin nature is that His body was not formed by
natural process of human generation. His
body was a special creation through God the Holy Spirit, and having no
father through whom to transmit the old sin nature, He was born in the
condition in which Adam was originally created, without a sin nature. During
His life, He committed no sins
committed a single
sin during the period of His incarnation (1 Peter 1:19, Hebrews 4:15).
Jesus Christ was tempted, He was tempted in the area of
His humanity only.
Deity cannot be
tempted with evil, nor can it be the author of sin, and it cannot
others to sin.
God does not
people to sin.
4:2-11, and James 1:13 tell us about that.
In the hypostatic
union, all of the temptations that Jesus Christ faced
had to come from the outside.
condition, whatever temptation struck the person of the God-man had to
He had no old sin
so there was nothing within Him to tempt Him.
You and I, by and
large, receive our temptations from the old sin nature
that is within us.
was created without an old sin nature, but Jesus Christ
was born without one (Hebrews 4:15). The
first Adam faced an outside temptation, as we have already seen. That
outside temptation was his right woman
handing him the fruit in her fallen condition inviting him to join her
The last Adam,
Jesus Christ, also
faced a temptation from outside. That
was Satan offering Him a shortcut to become the King of Kings and the
Lords of all the earth, as we shall see on the mount of temptation. All
temptations to Jesus Christ are therefore
directed to this part of His being—to His humanity.
humanity was temptable.
what we’re getting at. In
the humanity of Jesus Christ, He was
temptations that He faced were temptations to His humanity.
the greatest temptation He faced to His humanity
was in the Garden of Gethsemane when He had to face the cross, and He
make the decision to go or “no-go” at that point,
within the plan of God,
toward the cross.
The first Adam
in his volition test, but the last Adam, in the Garden of Gethsemane
with flying colors (Matthew 26:39, Mark 14:35-36, Luke 22:42).
the second greatest temptation that the humanity of
Christ faced was that in the wilderness.
The humanity of
Jesus Christ was temptable.
There is a
theological term which is used for
It comes from the
Latin, and it
is “peccable.” The
humanity of Jesus
Christ was peccable.
It was open to be
led into sin.
He was able to
To say that Jesus
Christ, in His humanity,
was peccable means that He was able to sin.
However, as we
have seen, He also had another side to His being, and
that was deity.
The deity side
It was impeccable. That
means, in His deity, He could not sin.
going back to the hypostatic union, we connect these
together, and you can see what this means.
This means that
there came on the scene of history a human being who,
because He had two natures, one of which was temptable (peccable), able
and one of them which was not temptable (impeccable), not able to sin,
they were joined together in one person.
humanity of Jesus Christ was like a little fine wire.
could take that wire in your hands, and
with a snap, you could break it. It
It was temptable. It
was able to sin and to break under
But, the deity of
Christ was like a tremendous steel bar.
It was impeccable. You
It was not able
What happened in
the hypostatic union was
that this steel bar was welded here to the wire, in one person. Consequently,
of the person of Jesus Christ,
it came true that He was not only able to not to sin, but He was not
He could not sin
was joined to the presence of deity.
His humanity, He could suffer certain things, but they
were non-moral things.
weakness, fatigue, sorrow, death, hunger, thirst. But
when He was combined with His deity, it
was said of the person of Jesus Christ He was able not to sin and he
able to sin.
In other words,
question comes up, would it be possible for Jesus Christ, as the
The answer is,
distinctions of His nature, His
human nature was able to sin.
open to sin.
It was open to
But when joined
to the presence
of the divine nature, it became impossible for Him as a person to sin. That
was the perfect plan, the wisdom, the
marvelous wisdom and plan of God that He brought about into the world
of a person.
with these two doctrines, the doctrine of the
impeccability of Christ which means that the person of the God-man was
to sin, and with the hypostatic union which explains why He was
that the humanity and the deity were joined in one person, would you
your Bibles to Matthew chapter 4, and let’s look at this
the nature of this trial.
First of all,
Jesus Christ is in hypostatic
will now be
demonstrated in the wilderness temptation.
The wilderness is
a genuine temptation because He is temptable from
He is not
from anything within because He does not have an old sin nature. However,
the intensity of this outward temptation
was even greater for Jesus Christ than it would be for you and me. Because
we have an old sin nature, it would
be not so hard to say, “Yes” to sin and go along
It was very
offensive and very loathsome for
Him, and very grievous for Him to be faced with the idea of saying,
going in positive volition to a temptation.
what Adam and Jesus Christ faced without a sin nature is
beyond our experience.
We have never had
the experience of knowing what it is to face sin without an old nature. But
in this situation, here you have a
God-man in hypostatic union, without an old nature, ready to face the
arch-enemy of God in the universe, Satan himself.
the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ, His humanity
was sustained by the Holy Spirit just as yours and mine is. All
of the spiritual resources that Jesus
Christ at this moment in the wilderness temptation, you and I also have
disposal through God the Holy Spirit who indwells us.
begin at verse one.
was Jesus led up by the Spirit into the wilderness.”
word “then” is the Greek word
This word is an
adverb indicating a
It indicates a
sequence in the story, and it will keep reoccurring in this passage,
to us that this comes next, this comes next, and this comes next. In
the case here in verse one, the “then”
follows immediately in the context upon the previous chapter of the
this little Greek word is telling us is that
immediately that Jesus Christ walked up out of the waters of baptism,
God the Holy Spirit came and empowered and filled and took possession
in his humanity now, to be the sustaining force through the three years
ministry—at that point, Satan moved in for this confrontation
with the Son of
At this point,
God the Holy Spirit
moved the God-man out into the wilderness to a high place on a hill
was waiting for the confrontation. Satan
waiting; God the Holy Spirit taking the Son of God and now moving Him
the life of Jesus Christ had to function under the
guidance of god the Holy Spirit, just as you and I do.
a moment of acting on His own, in the
hypostatic union, though He was deity—if His deity should
take over and start
functioning for His humanity, that’s all.
He would have
stepped out of the plan of God, and He would have been
guilty of sin.
Christ did had to be as God the Spirit moved him and said,
“This do, this do,
this don’t do.” Which
is exactly the
condition that you and I are placed in during this age of grace, and
the resources that we have available.
the wilderness is a genuine temptation. Then,
after the baptism, this is the
chronological sequence, there follows the preparation of the unique Son
being moved to meet Satan.
was Jesus led up.”
This means He
ascended to the desert place
from wherever He was, probably near Jerusalem.
“led up” is in the aorist tense which means that
point of time when
Satan was waiting up there on the hill for Him, ready for the
it’s passive, which means He
was led there by the Holy Spirit. Jesus
didn’t decide to meet Satan on this ground.
This was now His
humanity being guided by the Spirit of God.
is the Greek word “hupo.” That
means “under.” That
is, Jesus Christ was being guided “under”
the Holy Spirit.
He was under the
control of the Holy Spirit as He moved up to this high point. This
is a participle which means that a major
principal is now going to be faced; that is the hypostatic union and
of Jesus Christ.
went there to be tempted.” The
word “tempted” here is
This means to be
tested to determine the
Greek word for
testing to determine what quality is there.
So Jesus Christ
is going to be tested now to determine the quality of
the nature of His being, the hypostatic union.
This is the very
thing that confronted Satan in his temptation—to see
what kind of a being he was.
to set before Jesus Christ what Isaiah 14 tells us was set before
temptation, and that is to take over the kingdoms without cross.
aorist here again is a point of time. It’s
the beginning of the Lord’s
He would receive
isn’t going to give it. And
it’s infinitive which indicates a
God’s purpose to demonstrate the nature
of His son.
we read that He’s led up into the wilderness by the Holy
Spirit to be tested by the devil. This
again is this Greek word “hupo,” or
“by” which means
“under”—under the charge
of the devil.
The devil is in
He has laid it
So Jesus Christ
has to defend Himself on the
resources that are available to Him, only as a human being. It’s
no contest if He uses His deity.
the part that Jesus Christ is going to play here is a
part in resolving the angelic conflict.
This is part of
Project Footstool, to show that God in His holiness and
love is faire when he deals with negative volition in a human being,
Jesus is going to act as Adam should have acted.
the Holy Spirit came to sustain Christ during His earthly
ministry (Matthew 3:16).
John 3:33 says
the Holy Spirit is given to Him without measure, just as to us. The
ministry under the Holy Spirit was a subject
of prophecy (Isaiah 11:2-3, 61:1-2). The
Holy Spirit was a source of power to the humanity of Jesus Christ
In His deity He
and coeternal with the Father and with the Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ comes to this wilderness, He has been
functioning under that system that God has provided—that
grace system for
gaining spiritual insights and understanding, the same one that you
So He has
developed a spiritual mature in His
soul, just as you are doing.
result is that when He comes at the age of 30 to meet Satan under the
of the Holy Spirit, He has a mature spiritual maturity structure, and
able to meet Satan as a result of having used the grace system of
Luke 2:40 and
tells you about His doing this since the days of His childhood.
4:2 says, “And when He had fasted forty days and
forty nights, He was afterward an hungred.”
“fasted” is “nesteuo,” and it
means simply having abstained
from food, and perhaps some other legitimate things for the purpose of
and Bible study.
And it is an
which means that His fasting came before the main verb which is
“he was hungry.” He
fasted for forty days and forty nights and
now He came to the point where He was hunger.
“hungry” is “peinao,” and it
means an intense desire for
He was very
here’s a point in the experience of Christ. He
has fasted for forty days and nights. He
has drunk water, of course, during this
time, but no food.
He is now very
He has personally
this hunger, and He has a bonafide desire for food.
this point, Satan shows up on the scene to
confront the humanity of Jesus Christ with a series of temptations. So
the stage is set.
number one, verses 3 and 4:
when the tempter came to Him, He said, ‘If
thou be the son of God, command that these stones be made
First Satan says
he’s going to deal with the
relationship of the humanity of Christ to God the Holy Spirit. The
Lord is being tempted to go it alone in
His humanity and to operate independently of God the Holy Spirit. This
is not in the plan of God for a human
Jesus Christ has been led into the wilderness through the
filling of the Holy Spirit, and He has remained so up to this ping. Now
what’s he going to do? Satan
has a plan.
His plan is to
try to get Jesus Christ to
violate His true humanity and to rely on His deity, and take those
turn them into the bread that He needs.
In this way,
Satan will have frustrated Project Footstool, and salvation
will be impossible.
not trying to get Jesus Christ to produce bread through
the Holy Spirit.
didn’t say, “Pray
that God the Holy Spirit would turn these stones into bread and supply
That would have
been a legitimate
thing for him to do.
But what he said
was, “If you are the Son of God.” And
this was a first class condition if. He
wasn’t questioning that Jesus Christ was the Son of God. He
was saying, “Since you are the Son of God,
you know that and I know that, turn these stones into bread and meet
It was a very
subtle attack upon
Christ acting independently as a human being of God the Holy Spirit,
the only person that could have done it.
You and I
couldn’t perform a miraculous thing independent of God. He
He could have
called upon His deity in this way. In
His deity H was sovereign, but in His
humanity He had a human will that had to go positive toward God.
here was a … plan if Jesus Christ would do this to supply
a legitimate need, Satan will have frustrated what God planned to do to
Sin would be
this negative volition.
He would have
acted independently of God.
You and I
are called to do the same thing today, to act independently of God the
tempter is Satan.
It says he
“came” which is the word
part here “pros” means “face to
That is was an
Satan looked at
Christ and Jesus Christ looked at Satan.
how Satan came to Him on this hill. And
he faced Him in this way, in a moment of
time, inviting Him to reject what God had said.
you are the Son of God, command that these stones be
turned into bread.”
And He was the
of God in hypostatic union, and tempted to reject all that he knew of
and act upon His own.
Give these stones
that they’ll have to obey. That
or that they become bread in order to meet the need of His Humanity. And
there was a little subtle challenge here
in verse 3, “being made bread.” This
in the subjunctive mode which means maybe they will and maybe they
It was another
little subtle temptation of
almost challenging the Lord.
are the Son of God, but are you still the Son of God in
Is your deity
still in full force?
Can you really
claim to be God as you once were before you took on a human body? And
the temptation included for Jesus Christ
to prove Himself.
Grace makes a
of truth on the basis of doctrine and doesn’t run around
trying to prove
don’t understand grace are forever running around trying to
prove ourselves to
people and to prove people are wrong. Rather
than the fact that we saw last Sunday, negative volition has within it
structure of making God your enemy so that you are doomed no matter
anybody proves to you or doesn’t prove to you.
Once you step out
of the source of blessing, you are doomed.
this is what Satan is trying to do with Jesus
the Son of God, the
magnificent God-man, who has known the fullness of His relationships
He has grown in
Now Satan comes
says, “Prove yourself. Can
change these stones into bread?” And
Jesus Christ could have said, “Well, you are challenging the
And we would have
been doomed to eternity in
hell had he done that.
answered, “It is written:
Man shall not
live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth out
of the man of God.
And He gave him a
It is the aorist
and this word answered is in the passive which means that God himself
come up with it Himself again.
God-man is not acting out of His deity.
He knew well what
the answer was.
Instead He speaks
as a human being and He speaks from what? The
Word of God is a declaration.
It is written in
the Bible that the real substance
of life is a life led by God the Holy Spirit, and is not to be found in
detail of life which is bread.
alone shows that it is a necessity. It
doesn’t eliminate bread. “Man
live by bread alone” shows that bread is important, but it is
The thing that is
important is doctrine.
here’s the principal.
If you act upon
what proceeds out of the mouth of God and study
doctrine, and learn doctrine, and go positive toward it, then God is
to bring to you the provisions of the details that you need. God
is obligated to bring you the spiritual
details as well.
If you go
is obligated to keep you up here in first class Christianity that you
If you pursue
details and you go
negative, He’ll take you down to something that seems to you
Just like it did
It could not have
been more magnificent in
It was far more
what Samuel had told Saul to do. He
realize that he was stepping down. Once
you have committed yourself to doctrine, then you have obligated God to
care of your detail in some means, and God is going to see that you get
bread that you need, but it’s still a detail.
Every word that
God has said, that’s what ultimately is important to
comes a second temptation in verse 5. “Then
the devil taketh Him up to the Holy
City (that is Jerusalem), and setteth Him on the pinnacle of the
He’s going to deal with the believer’s relationship
to the Word.
What has Jesus
He has answered
temptation by quoting Scripture and bringing doctrine.
talk about the Bible.” So
he takes him up on the high point of the
temple and puts him at the edge of the temple over the Kedron valley
about a 600-foot drop, and then he proceeds to quote Scripture to him. He
quotes from the Old Testament.
Here we have the
word “then” again, the next
thing in the chronological sequence. He
takes him up and puts Him next to himself.
“paralambano” in the Greek which means
“alongside of.” Satan’s
standing right there next to Jesus
Christ up there on the pinnacle. The
wind is blowing and you can see the whole city of Jerusalem and all the
countryside, and you look down, and 600 feet is a long way down.
you fly an airplane, you come in at 800 feet in the
landing pattern, and that looks awfully high.
Now what does
he tell Jesus to do?
be the Son of God,” again first class condition here in verse
six, “Since you
are the Son of God, just through yourself over.
Jump into the
aorist—do it now.
it’s imperative—a command
And Satan quotes
91:11-12, “He shall give His angels charge concerning thee,
and in their hands
they shall bear thee up lest that any time thou shalt dash thy foot
means He shall give His
angels a command, and what the command here is that in the person of
Messiah, the angels will catch Him and protect Him from death.
the verses in Psalm do not contain the words “at any
Here is a subtle
insertion of Satan.
God did not say
“At any time” He would do
this, because God says He will do this at the time when the Messiah is
in positive volition.
Now suppose that
Jesus Christ in His humanity looked down and said, “Yes,
that’s what the Bible
says, and I’ll just do that,” and He had just
jumped over the edge.
They would have
been scraping of the body of
the God-man off the floor of the canyon.
He would have
is exactly what Satan was trying to get Him to do.
if he could have gotten Him to commit
suicide at that point, that’s the end of Project Footstool. There
would have been no way for salvation to
It was a very
clever and a
very brilliant plan.
who does not understand a true interpretation of
what the Bible says can be played for a fool.
But Christ in His
humanity for 30 years previously in His lifetime had
been preparing in spiritual maturity so that He know how to quote
and nobody could come along and tell Him to take a direction that that
Scripture didn’t mean to take at all. Because
what was the Father’s plan was not for Jesus Christ to die by
suicide in the Kedron valley, buy for Him to die by His death upon the
the provision of salvation for us. So
Jesus Christ understood immediately what Satan was trying to do. On
the cross later He did dismiss His
But what Satan is
quoting here, he
what Jesus does is to quote back to Him in verse seven
another piece of doctrine which is in Deuteronomy 6:16,
“Jesus said unto Him, ‘It
is written again, ‘Thou shall not put the Lord thy God to the
You will not
tempt the Lord.
And the Greek
word means “from the outside.” You’re
not going to come outwardly and put an
outward temptation against Jesus Christ.
Since Jesus is
the Son of God, He does not bring temptations from the
outside against God.
He does not say,
God, I am going to jump over.”
know there are some groups of Christians who take
Scriptures such as the early church being able to handle snakes and
poison and it would not hurt them. And
they say, “You see, the Bible says this is what should be
true of Christians.”
One of the
greatest mistakes that
Pentecostalism makes is that whatever took place in the early church
take place today.
The next few
we’re going to go into that, and the fallacy that is behind
If that were
true, then we should have
healings, we should have tongues, we should have the whole bit. There
are certain people who get together and
handle poison snakes.
religious evangelists like to use the word
“fundamentalist” very unfairly and
They use the
word “fundamentalist” in describing those people
because these people are very
basic in their scriptural views and they are very literal, so
they’re going to
Well, they have
don’t get bitten by the snakes
or they’ve developed enough immunity to survive, and
that’s the only way they
they’re in for it
because that scripture is not going to protect them.
Jesus Christ says, “No, you’re wrong Satan.
isn’t what that verse means, and if I
were to jump in this valley, I would be tempting God Himself, and I
who’s thinking about going to
downtown Dallas and getting on top of the Southland Life (building) and
flapping your wings, you are going to go straight down because this
does not apply to you.
third temptation is in verses 8 through 10. Satan
now comes up with his ace that he has
kept up his sleeve until this time. “Again
the devil taketh Him up into an exceedingly high mountain and showeth
the kingdoms of the world and the glory of men.”
uses his supreme appeal now.
He offers Jesus
Christ the rulership over all
of the kingdoms of the world.
himself gave up everything he had in heaven for these kingdoms. This
is the very reason he rebelled against
9, “He said unto Him, ‘All these things will I give
thee if thou fall down and worship me.’”
If Jesus will
worship Satan, he will receive the crown of the world
ruler without having to go to the cross.
isn’t that appealing to the God-man?
appealing to the humanity.
you will become someday the ruler of the world.
God’s plan for you, right?”
you are going to be King of King and Lord of Lords.
that right, Jesus?”
Jesus, here’s how you can do it. I
these kingdoms now.”
I was taught this as a boy in Sunday School, I don’t
ever remember any Sunday School teacher saying that this was one time
was not telling a lie.
remember a Sunday School teacher saying, “He did own those
kingdoms, and he
could have given them to the Lord.” And
I grew up with the idea that this was just another one of those con
of Satan, and that he wasn’t telling the truth.
He is telling the
have these kingdoms.
All you have to
is bow down in respect to me, Jesus.
Just even on one
Just on one knee
in front of me.”
Lucifer told the
God-man, “… on one knee, and
that will do it.
I’ll give you,
without the cross, and you will be ruler and controller.”
course, the joker in the pile is that Satan would have
been superior to Christ.
He would have
been the ruler above Jesus Christ. And
he would have been continued in the upper hand over the Lord, and the
would have been again, Project Footstool made impossible.
the point of all the temptation in the
wilderness—somehow to get a human being to so act here so
that we could not be
Father’s plan is to rule in
the millennium after the cross.
takes Jesus and shows Him these glamorous kingdoms of the world that he
rules (John 12:31, 14:30, and 16:11).
verse 9 says, “If thou will fall down and worship
and this is a third class condition, meaning “Maybe you will
and maybe you won’t.” Satan
doesn’t know what Christ is going to
verse 10 is the answer.
says unto him, ‘Be gone, Satan.’”
Gone” is “hupago.” This
is a strong word that means, “Get out.”
And Jesus quotes
the doctrine of Deuteronomy 6:13 which says, “It is
written, ‘Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only
shalt thou serve.’” So
Jesus says, “I’ll stay with the plan of
taking me to the
cross but that’s what I’m going to do.”
And when Jesus
says to Satan, “Be gone,” it’s in the
present tense which
means “get out and keep going.” It’s
active—Jesus makes the decision, and it’s
imperative—it’s a command. Jesus
says, “Beat it.
Satan had nothing
more to offer the Son of God.
11 says, “Then the devil leaveth Him and behold angels
came and ministered unto Him.” Again
have the word “then” which shows that the next
thing chronologically was that
the angels moved on the scene.
turned to run away.
He has been
from the presence of the Lord now. They
had been face-to-face up to this time.
Then the elect
angels come in to minister to the exhausted Lord. And
since it was in the plan of god to eat
food, the detail of necessity, they supply Him with food at this time.
point of all this, dear friend, is that His magnificent
victory in the wilderness makes ours possible today.
He overcame Satan in exactly the same
way you and I overcome him—through a knowledge of Bible
So that when
Satan comes along through the
world, through our old sin nature, through all the various appeals
about us, in
some means, along comes Satan himself with a temptation, we are able to
and turn to doctrine.
If you do not
doctrine, you cannot stand up against Satan.
The only thing
that preserved the God-man Jesus Christ was God the Holy
Spirit cycling up the right information to His mind every time Satan
And every issue
problem that you and I face in life can only be met if we have the
information cycled up from our human spirits.
don’t have it in there, you don’t know a thing. And
Jesus Christ in this wilderness
temptation is the example of how to be protected against
fool’s gold when it
comes to what Satan can bring against us.
If you know the
Word, you’ve got the answers.
John E. Danish, 1971
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