Chapter # 4 Paragraph # 1 Study # 2
July 2, 2006
Lincolnton, N.C.

<258> Thesis: Jesus met the first part of the temptation with the resolute conviction that "Life" is not about physical well-being. Introduction: Correction of last week's study: the Israelites did not approach the promised land the first time from the east and come to the Jordan. This error on my part is regretable and I offer my apologies for the mistake. Last week we attempted to show that Jesus was in the wilderness to face the devil because God's Holy Spirit led Him there. We made two claims on the weight of this fact: first, that the filling and leading of the Holy Spirit never automatically mean that we are going to have a pleasant experience; and, second, that if our present experience is exceedingly difficult, that reality has nothing to say about whether we are filled with the Spirit or not. In other words, the Holy Spirit is not about producing a life of ease for us, nor is He necessarily absent when our experiences are significantly stressful. The key issue is whether we have a clear conscience before God, or not. Now, this morning, we are going to look into the actual temptation of Jesus so that we may see that He is a qualified Redeemer.