Practical discussion on contemporary life challenges from an ancient perspective.
Monday, July 21, 2014
TESTED AND TRIUMPHANT
Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy
Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
being tempted for forty days by the devil. ... Now when the devil had ended
every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time.(Luke 4:1-2a, 13)
You can love the Lord or you can love
the world—not both.Jesus said you cannot
serve two masters—you will choose one.John tells
us that these loves are in conflict—one negates the other.“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone
loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (1 John 2:15).
we mean by the world?
not the planet—this is my Father’s world.He created it and pronounced it, “Good.”Although I am not to worship the creation,
the creation declares the glory of the Creator.I am to be a good steward of that which God has fashioned.
is the world John writes of speaking of the people, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son...”
and I must love people.If I love God
then I love those who are made in His image.
“The world” I am not to love is a principle of evil, a spiritual
power that permeates man in rebellion against God with the passions,
philosophies, practices, pursuits and pleasures that mark it.John described it in 1 John 2:16, “For all that is in the world—the lust of
the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but
is of the world.” We might define
this unholy trinity as hedonism, “the
lust of the flesh” or the love of pleasure; materialism, “the lust of the eyes” or the love of
possessions; egotism, “the pride of life”
or the love of position: sensuality,
stuff and status that sinners seek.
These, Christ steadfastly resisted.Jesus was tested at every point, and was
triumphant.He came and showed us how
man was to live.He did not face these
temptations as God or they would have been no test at all—nor helpful to we
creatures of flesh and blood who are not ominpotent.Rather, as a true man, Jesus fought and won
the same way that we can.This is the
way to victory.Let us study His manner
carefully and by God’s Spirit apply it consistently, and we too can though
tested can be triumphant.