Posted by: biblestudyseattle | February 1, 2015

Temptations and Consequences

“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:1-4

What harm would have come if Jesus turned the stones to bread? What’s wrong with satisfying hunger after a forty day fast? Nothing, but Jesus answered the question. Evidently Jesus was relying completely on the Spirit of God to tell him what to do. Breaking that would have harmed his relationship with his Father.

Likewise, someone may say, “I don’t see the harm if two men want to marry and be faithful.” Which is like the question above. It seems that no harm is done. But at the very
Least, Marrying would harm their relationship with their Father. Ultimately we will all Individually give account to God, and there is no favoritism. What is not generally understood is that we get up to two lives to reform. Many people do not see the errors of their own way, both Christians and nonChristians alike. It is easy to see problems in other people, sometimes less so of ourselves. Everyone sins. In fact, the whole of creation is subject to decay. This is why Paul says, “For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.” Romans 8:19-21

Who will rescue us from our impossible situation? “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.” Romans 7:24-25

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