Session 05 - Discussion
Posted 25 September 2007 - 02:34 AM
1 Timothy 3
Discussion is open and welcome.
Posted 03 November 2007 - 09:56 AM
- The characteristics of the devil from this passage are three: must be able to deliver all countries of the world, must comply with scriptural teaching on temptation in James 1 (from within) and Hebrews 4 (Jesus was tempted then the same way we are now)
- Jesus was tempted by his own desires, his own mind. This is the only possibility that satisfies all the above requirements: THIS IS THE DEVIL Ė a humanís desire not to follow Godís will
- Notice the closing verse: if the devil leaves and angels come, the devil was not an angel
- Appreciate the timing of the temptation Ė immediately after Jesus receives the unlimited supply of Godís power at his baptism (Matthew 3:13-16). This is classically characteristic of the human experience: temptation arrives directly we have the opportunity to abuse it
- Jesus was tempted to give in to natural human desires which were contrary to Godís will: but he disposed of those desires. This is his victory over the devil
- Note the account in Luke says the devil would come back to Jesus: Ďat an opportune timeí (Luke 4:13)
- Peter, a human man, was called Satan. Not possessed by Satan, but actually Satan
- The reason Peter was called Satan was because he gave in to human temptation to want to fight for Jesus, which was not Godís will
- Judas, a human man, was a devil. Not possessed by the devil, but actually a devil
- The reason Judas was a devil was because he gave in to human temptation to betray Jesus for money
- Deaconís wives can be devils if they talk maliciously
- This is because the mouth produces the contents of the heart (see Luke 6:45) and so the devilish behaviour is defined as having evil thoughts in your heart.
- Older women can be devils if they slander
- This is because the mouth produces the contents of the heart (see Luke 6:45) and so the devilish behaviour is defined as having evil thoughts in your heart
- Jesus had in mind the temptation to do his own will: contrary to Godís. But he subdued it and did Godís will anyway!
- This is how he fought the devil and won!
(This is also the Ďopportune timeí when the devil returned, as Luke 4:13 said it would.)
- Jesus destroyed the one with the power of death by resisting temptation
- Luke 22 (the events in the Garden of Gethsemane) shows us the one with the power of death is our innate desire not to follow Godís will
- Once more: the desire to serve self and abandon Godís will is defined as the devil in the Bible
- This desire (the devil) was destroyed by Christ and he became the opportunity of life for all men (Romans 5:18)
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Figure 3: Completion of ĎThe Devilí in the Bible using independent scriptural proofs.
Posted 03 November 2007 - 10:02 AM
Questions/Discussion Points for Session 05 remain open.
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