The Temptation of CHRIST JESUS
So relentless is the Adversary to Deceive every Man Born into the World that he Attempted to Tempt CHRIST JESUS away from GOD, not only by seeking Worldly godhood but to Prove His Possession of it. He Tempted Him to Prove “Him – “Self” with the Promise of Carnal Possessions, Riches, Power and the other Entanglements of the Carnal World if CHRIST JESUS would Worship him. It is always the goal of Satan to Separate Man from GOD to cause Alienation. Without GOD Mankind is Blind and Defenseless against Evil.
Satan will always use the “Perceived” Weakness or the Disposition of the Individual at the Time of Temptation. CHRIST had not Eaten for 40 Days so Satan tried to Tempt JESUS CHRIST with the Immediate Desire of His Carnal Body which needed Food. CHRIST was Preparing for His Ministry which was a Colossal undertaking as well as a thankless one. Satan tried to Tempt CHRIST to Disobey GOD and use His Own Power to Accomplish His Needs, Means and His Mission instead of Abiding in >> GOD’S Will. <<
CHRIST JESUS Uses the Word of GOD
Mat 4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
Mat 4:2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
Mat 4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Mat 4:5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
Mat 4:6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Mat 4:7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
Mat 4:8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
Mat 4:9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
Mat 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
Mat 4:16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.
Mat 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Snares, Fiery Darts & Carnal Blindness
The devil was unsuccessful in Tempting CHRIST JESUS but he did not stop his Attempts in the Wilderness but continued throughout the rest of His Life Directly and Indirectly through the People close to Him including Friends and Family.
To each Fiery Dart thrown by the devil CHRIST JESUS had Ready a Sacred Scripture as a Weapon and Response which was the Sword of the Spirit – the Word of GOD. He still uses the same Snares for All People who are “Naturally” Born Blind into a World of >> Unbelief. <<
The Snares seem so simple and so Natural because that is the Nature of a Snare. It is an inviting Trap and the Victim does not Realize it until it is Apparently too late. There is no warning of Imminent Danger for the Victim and it takes Spiritual Senses to Perceive or Discern their Action. Carnal Minds are Blinded, Veiled in Darkness with Illusions of Freedom and Gain without Consequences. The Spiritual Light of CHRIST Shines but they are Incapable of Comprehending it. The Unbeliever continues to Practice the Futile Carnal Cycle of Desire, Accumulation, Possession and Loss.
JESUS CHRIST Teaches that we must Practice Renunciation and Renounce the World, Detaching ourselves from its Carnal Entanglements. Attachment to the World is Friendship to the World which Separates Mankind from GOD. The Objects of Entanglements of the World are Family, Friends, Possessions, Perceptions, Ideation, Mental Activities of the Mind or the Mentality which makes the Carnal Consciousness. Collectively, the Entanglements Constitute the Totality of the Self and Feeds the Lust of the Flesh, the Lust of the Eyes and the Pride of Life.
The Carnal Self
It was the Seeking of Self godhood that the Adversary Approached and Tempted Adam & Eve to Disobey GOD. It was with her Mind in the State of Unbelief that Eve sought godhood for the Self which was the Lust of the Flesh, it was with the “Lust of the Eyes” that she Desired the Fruit which she Saw was good to Eat although she was surrounded by a Plethora of Fruit Trees and all of the Fruit that she could Eat. But the Lust of the Flesh Desired that which was to “Make one Wise” and she Lusted after it at the cost of all else with the Pride of Life. It is the Physical Carnal Self, that is the Source of Suffering. It is Self and the Self-Will that must be Renounced to Know the Truth and to be Made Free.
Mat_10:37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
Mat_10:38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
Renouncing of the Carnal Self must be Attained if one would be free from Suffering. This is a Truth which is recognized by most Religions. The feeling of “Self,” the deep-rooted sense of “I/Me,” involves the desire for the continued Existence of the Flesh-Self and not the Soul or Spirit. It generates all Worldly Desires/Lusts – Greed, Possessions and Attachments, both for the Self and also for those things which Enhance the Existence of the Self and make it feel Secure as seen in >> Maaslow’s Hierarchy of Need << which are things that project as Sense-Pleasures, Possessions, Kinship with others; all things that Project a World Self”.
It also generates hatred for or aversion from what is anti-self, that is, from those things which threaten the continued existence or the happiness of the self by attacking it (or whatever it identifies itself with) or by frustrating it in any way. Thus the self can never be really happy, for it is continually agitated by desires and fears which bind it tightly to the world, and cause the “ill”
It will be seen from this brief analysis that the self and the world are interdependent, our emotional responses to the world strengthening our sense of self, and our sense of self causing the illusory appearance of a permanent and substantial world with objective qualities of desirability and undesirability. Therefore, renunciation of the world and the renunciation of the self are but two aspects of the same thing, and what we see as the world may, on deeper analysis, be found present within ourselves.