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Lesson 14: Resisting the Deceitfulness of Sin (Luke 4:1-13)

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Jesus did not believe the lies that accompanied the temptations He encountered. This is what set Him apart as the only sinless human who has ever lived. We see the prime example of His resistance as He encountered the devil in the wilderness during His forty days of fasting. Jesus gives us great encouragement and hope…hope that perhaps there is a way to prevail in the struggle against the temptations to satisfy the endless lusts of our hearts. This message helps us to see how, in Christ, we too can resist the deceitful enticements of sin. We do such, not through our own power, for in that way we would only believe the lies that sin speaks. It is only in Christ that we can know the perfect truth that will set us free in this regard. Christ is the victor in His complete obedience to the Father, and He alone shows us the way into the same faithfulness to our God.

Summary by Seth Kempf, Bethany Community Church Staff

Related Topics: Christology, Hamartiology (Sin), Spiritual Life, Temptation

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