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Lesson # Luke 4:1-13
Study Material - Luke 4:1-13
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
1 And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led about by the Spirit in the wilderness 2 for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And He ate nothing during those days; and when they had ended, He became hungry. 3 And the devil said to Him, 'If You are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.' 4 And Jesus answered him, 'It is written, 'Man shall not live on bread alone.' 5 And he led Him up and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said to Him, 'I will give You all this domain and its glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 7 'Therefore if You worship before me, it shall all be Yours.' 8 And Jesus answered and said to him, 'It is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.' 9 And he led Him to Jerusalem and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, 'If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here; 10 for it is written, 'He will give His angels charge concerning You to guard You,' 11 and, 'On their hands they will bear You up, Lest You strike Your foot against a stone.' 12 And Jesus answered and said to him, 'It is said, 'You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.' 13 And when the devil had finished every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time.
Jesus is portrayed as man in this book of Luke. In the last chapter he is referred to as the son of Adam, but the line is through Mary and therefore the emphasis is on the promise of God that a savior from the seed of the woman. You recall that Joseph had no part in the pregnancy of Mary.
Also in these next few verses Luke skips through the desert episode quickly. But points out that Jesus was under the power of the Holy Spirit in verse 1 when He left to the desert and again in verse 14 when He returned. Jesus was never out from under the control and power of the Holy Spirit. He did not rely on the powers of His deity, He did not rely on His human abilities. Certainly he had an extremely high IQ as a man. With a background in carpentry He certainly had muscles. We have already seen how He grew in strength and stature. So He could have left for the city at anytime, but He didn't. He could have made himself food, but he didn't.
Satan tantalized Him with power and rulership of the world, and even tempted Him to place God to the test by doing irresponsible things. This study was more detailed in Matthew and Mark.
In Matthew we saw how Jesus responded with doctrine in His soul, doctrine which He already knew, because He learned it prior to the test. Note that you cannot apply that which you do not know. You must learn doctrine first before you can apply it to your life.
We saw in Mark that Jesus served the wishes of the Father without question. He was obedient even to the point of His extreme hunger. He was never worried nor concerned about Gods promise to take care of Him.
Here we see a repeat of the temptations, but from the perspective of being under the power of the Holy Spirit. Note that being under the power of the Holy Spirit is not some kind of ecstatic event in ones life. Jesus was not making some kind of scene by rolling His eyes to the back of His head, nor rolling on the ground, not gargling silly noises like He was talking in tongues. Too many organizations have bastardized the concept of being under the power of the Holy Spirit, and if you haven't experienced some kind of alien presence in you, then you just have not had the 'ghost' in your life yet. And that idea is all hog wash.
When you believed in Christ nothing visible happened in your life. Your senses were not a part of the salvation experience. You did not see anything. You did not feel anything. You did not hear the angels sing. Although they certainly do sing out each time someone accepts Christ. You did not taste anything nor smell anything. Man's part in salvation is faith alone, a non-meritorious moment of thought expresses in faith when you believe in Christ, and that is it. God does all the work and God gets all the credit. We can take no credit because we did nothing to accomplish the work of salvation which Christ did on our behalf. Likewise at that moment of salvation you became indwelled with all three members of the trinity and you did not sense any of that either. When you go from under the control of the sin nature to fellowship and back and forth between the two, you still don't sense anything. You act by means of Gods commands by faith and you believe by faith, not by emotion! Repeat not by emotion. You don't feel anything, because we are not led by our emotions, we are led by doctrine. Information, Gods information in our soul which we have learned little by little, day by day, hopefully throughout our life time.
Jesus faced temptation with only doctrine while under the power of the Spirit. This is comparable to our being in fellowship. Doctrine did not prevent the tests. Doctrine did not prevent the hunger hardship. But doctrine did defeat the tests and the hardships by means of the power of the Spirit, and that is where our secret strength, if you will consider it in that way, really lies. Unbelievers can memorize the Bible, but they wil not have the spiritual power that a believer in fellowship will have.
Sin and wickedness is always on standby, as close as your own thoughts, ready to pounce on you when you are in a moment of weakness. You have probably heard the phrase, 'count to ten' before you make a decision, or take some kind of action. This gives you some time to regain self control and think through your situation. And it is good advice. But think doctrine. What do you gain by giving in to sin? Nothing, in fact you lose more. Sop stop think and then apply doctrine.
Jesus faced the test as a man in fellowship and He used doctrine to defeat Satan at every turn. Jesus never hesitated, never blinked. This power is available to each of us and that is exactly what you are using when you are in fellowship and advancing to spiritual maturity. Even though you cannot sense anything.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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