“For not have we a high priest not able to sympathize with our infirmities, but [who] has been tempted in all things according to [our] likeness, apart from sin” (Heb.4:15, TR).

Sometimes it really helps not being the smart aleck, knowing more than everybody else does in the world, but rather just sticking to the knowledge and understanding that our teachers have taught us. And especially, as in their ministries, they have passed on that message and gospel that was committed to the Apostle Paul by the glorified Lord Jesus Christ. This manner of living is even dispensationally sound, and Pauline, in its approach to the Truth of God’s Word, “rightly divided.”

Now in the temptation of Christ, Matthew, Mark and Luke each record the temptations of Christ. John’s Gospel, however, passes over this and does not record it at all. And we might well ask ourselves, “Why is it recorded in these three accounts of Christ’s earthly ministry, but not in the Gospel of John?”

The answer to this question is that John’s Gospel is the record that Jesus Christ is GOD (John 1:1-2). Matthew portrayed Christ as King. Mark portrays Him as Servant, and Luke as Man. But John portrays Him as God.

Now, as man, the Lord could, of course, have been tempted.

When I say, as man He could have been tempted, I mean to say that the devil would, of course, tempt Him, but as God He “cannot” be tempted (James 1:13). His temptations were real but sin was not amongst them as our verse in Textus Receptus con-firms. Rather He was tested as to His faithfulness. See Matthew 4:1-11. Thus there was no

contest in these temptations

when our Lord answered the devil with those three quotations from Deut­eronomy:

“It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matt.4:4; Deut. 8:3).

“It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God” (Matt.4:7; Deut.6:16).

“Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve” (Matt.4:10; Deut.6:13).

Thus we can trust the Lord Jesus, and go to Him with all our struggles and problems and woes, our temptations, and our sins, because He cares about everything that concerns us (Phil.4:6,7).

“Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them” (Heb. 7:25).

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