Temptation (Luke 4:1-13)

Temptation of Jesus

I. Who was tempted?

    A. Jesus Christ Himself (Luke 4:1-2a)
    B. He had the ability, but it would have been against God’s will (Luke 4:2b; Romans 1:9-10)
    C. Overcame using Scripture (Luke 4:4,8,12)

II. Who is the tempter?

    A. “That serpent of old” (Revelation 20:2; Genesis 3:1)
    B. “A roaring lion” (1 Peter 5:8)
    C. “An angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)

III. The pinnacle (Luke 4:9)

    A. “On top of the world”
    B. “Absolute power corrupts absolutely” (1 Timothy 3:6-7; Galatians 6:1; 1 Corinthians 10:12)

IV. Resist!

    A. If we fall, we will fall hard (Luke 4:11; James 1:15)
    B. Satan will flee (James 4:7), but not forever (Luke 4:13)
    C. God gives us the power to resist through His Word (James 1:12; 4:8)

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