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“WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT THE TESTING OF JESUS”

03 Feb

“A  BIBLICAL  LOOK  AT  THE  TESTING  OF  JESUS”

Intro.

1.  Jesus was repeatedly tested by Satan and by men, Matt. 4:1; 16:1.

2.  Test (peirazō): “to test (objectively), that is, endeavor, scrutinize, entice, discipline: – assay, examine, go about, prove, tempt (-er), try” (Thayer).

3.  Motives: Driven by faithlessness; designed to entangle, Matt. 22:15; to catch and accuse, Lk. 11:53-54.

4.  Jesus stood every test, always answering well, Matt. 22:46; Mk. 12:34.

5.  It is possible that we are testing Jesus with our attitudes, words and lives. 1 Cor. 10:9

I.  SATAN TESTED JESUS TO SIN, Matt. 4:1; Lk. 22:28.

A.  Jesus was not Deceived by Satan’s Temptations, Matt. 4:3-10.

-We should learn from Jesus to recognize sin’s temptations!

B.  We Cannot Deceive Christ with Our Sins, Matt. 15:7-9; Acts 5:9.

II.  MEN TESTED JESUS BY REJECTING THE EVIDENCE HE GAVE THAT HE IS THE CHRIST,  Matt. 16:1-4.

A.  The Words and Works of Jesus Testify of Who He Is, Jno. 5:36; Matt. 16:16-17; Jno. 20:30-31.

B.  When we Willfully Refuse the Evidence for Christ We Join the Camp of Faithless Evil, Matt. 16:1-4; cf. Jno. 12:48.

III. TESTING JESUS BY REJECTING HIS TRUTH.

A.  By Seeking Contradictions instead of Harmony and Conformity to Truth, Matt. 19:3; Lk. 20:20-23; Jno. 8:5-6.

-The One who is the Word never contradicts His word (Scriptures).

B.  By Doubting His Way of Salvation, cf. Num. 21:4-6 (1 Cor. 10:9); cf. 1 Cor. 1:18-19.

C.  By Teaching Error, Acts 15:10.

1.  False doctrine; the devil’s enticement to reject Christ, Acts 15:10.

2.  It tests God by elevating man’s will above God’s stated will.

IV. WE MUST:

A.  Test Ourselves, 2 Cor. 13:5.

B.  Try those who Claim Authority from Christ, Rev. 2:2.

C.  Accept Christ’s Help when We are Tempted, Heb. 4:15-16.

-Do not harden your heart in rebellion, Heb. 3:7-11.

D.  Endure Trials (tests to our faith), Jas. 1:12 (2-3); 1 Pet. 1:6; 4:12.

Conclusion

1.  The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations (testing, trials), 2 Pet. 2:9 (1 Cor. 10:12-13).

2.  When the Lord returns, will He really find faith on the earth? Lk. 18:8

3.  Or, will He find the faithless testing of His love, His mercy, His truth and His longsuffering? Rom. 2:1-6

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