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The Lord Jesus Christ's temptations by the devil

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Submitted by Lactantius Jr. (United Kingdom), Dec 22, 2006 at 19:02

To Sohail

Indeed the Lord Jesus Christ did encounter the devil, and that head-on Sohail. Following His baptism by His cousin John, the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the desert, where He remained forty days and forty nights without food. It being recorded in Matthew's Gospel that the devil tempted Jesus three times, and each time, Jesus responded with Words of Scripture Deuteronomy 8:3;Psalm 91:11&12;Deuteronomy 6:16 and Deuteronomy 6:13 and we read "the devil left Him." Matthew 1:11

Jesus' followers know about spiritual warfare Sohail, being told by Scripture, they "are not fighting against humans. We are fighting against forces and authorities and against rulers of darkness and powers in the spiritual world" Ephesians 6:12 and when following the Lord Jesus Christ closely, they experience the reality of it. When going the way of the world, you won't hear much from the devil, why should you, you're doing his work already.

Jesus' followers need not fear the devil though, having "the whole armour of God," and having been given a "Master Class" by the Master, in how to respond when the devil calls, either as a slithering snake, trying to worm his way in through the back door, or coming head-on as a roaring lion. They use the same weapon Jesus Himself used, the Word of God,

"Put on all the armour that God gives, so you can defend yourself against the devil's tricks------------and for a sword use God's message that comes from the Spirit.

Ephesians 6:11&17

The Word of God being a mighty weapon, "For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword,"

Hebrews 4:12

and like Jesus the Master, His followers use it, and the devil leaves them too.

That's a round-up of Jesus' encounter with the devil, how He dealt with him, and the way in which His followers are able to deal with him when they encounter him, as they will, and as they do, because they have the promise of God's Word, that,

"In everything we have won more than a victory because of Christ who loves us."

Romans 8:37

Compare and contrast the Lord Jesus Christ's encounter with the devil, with Muhammad's encounter(s), which I summarise in my parallel response to you.

With kind regards and best wishes

Lactantius Jr.


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