sin nature is ours. We inherited it. We are not sinners
because we sin. We sin because we are sinners; everyone of
us. This sin nature is a curse and Jesus came to reverse this
did we get in this (sin) mess?
do we keep on doing things we should not do?
did sin come from?
does God want of us?
are we going?
story of sin starts in the Eden. In Genesis 2:15-17 they were told
not to eat. Eve's response in Genesis 3:1-7 was to eat or
touch. Her addition of not touching demonstrates a spirit of
legalism where we add something to keep us from being
disobedience. This concept legalism is not effective way to deal
32 deals with a sequence: sin, quilt, confession, mercy,
forgiveness, and rejoicing.
from Matthew 5 and the temptations Jesus experienced:
first temptation was of the flesh or physical. It was not
about cutting the temptation short, since it was over, it was about
how it would end. The statement "if you are the Son of
God" is probably better understood as since you are the
Son of God. Satan' temptation was for Jesus to use
his power for self. Jesus quoted scripture and replied, "man
shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the
mouth of God."
second temptation was again about self, pride, or to be a show-off
when Satan tempted him to cast yourself down. He was being asked to
take a short-cut. Again, Jesus quotes scripture that "You
shall not put the Lord you God to the test." Don't presume
or attempt to abuse God's power. That is a disaster in the
making. Cults, like Satan, misapply scriptures for
selfishness. Remember, we have a spiritual weapon, the sword
of the spirit for discernment.
third temptation was again about self It was a temptation to
take a short cut to the kingdom by taking a detour and avoiding the
cross. This temptation is clear, Satan wanted Jesus to worship
him. It would have left Jesus indebted to Satan. For the
third time Jesus quotes scripture: "You shall worship
the Lord your God and him only shall you serve."
one man, Adam, we came to universal ruin, but by one man Christ, we
receive blessing. God's grace is much greater for good than Adam's
sin was for evil. THIS IS A VICTORY THAT CAN BE OURS TODAY.
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