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August 2010

Jesus Did It For Us

"Jesus was not tempted so that the Father could determine the Son’s character and ability, for the Father had already approved the Son (3:22) and would do so again (9:35). Nor was He tempted to give Satan a chance to defeat Him, for Satan probably did not even want this confrontation, knowing that Jesus could overcome his every tactic. Jesus was tempted so that He could personally experience what we go through and so be prepared to assist us (Heb. 2:16–18; 4:14–16) and to show us how we can overcome the evil one by means of the Spirit of God (v. 1) and the Word of God (v. 4). The first Adam was tested in a beautiful garden and failed, but the Last Adam was victorious in a terrible wilderness."

Wiersbe, W. W. (1997). Wiersbe's expository outlines on the New Testament (155). Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books.

The Old Self

"Paul refers to the sin nature which is set on a course of corruption. Don’t try to reform. You won’t succeed. Any person’s only hope is a new self “created” by God. As Eph. 2:1–10 reminds us, this new creation takes place when we believe in Jesus. Now it is up to us to decide whether we will follow the pull of old, sinful desires or respond to the new self’s pull toward righteousness. God won’t force you to be godly. But if you choose righteousness, He will enable you."

Richards, L. O. (1991). The Bible readers companion (electronic ed.) (800). Wheaton: Victor Books.

Why Can't I Just Be a Good Person?

"It is remarkable today that despite religion, creed, or practice, many believe they are good enough to get into heaven.  Perhaps there is so much bad news about others that they conclude by comparison they are superior, and thus, deserving of a place in eternity.  But then it is even more remarkable that when Christians claim they know they are going to heaven, they are regarded as being conceited, boastful, and arrogant.  People immediately ask: How can they think that they are better than everyone else?"

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