Friday, August 05, 2005

The Three Temptations

Gross immorality (godlessness) is that which has brought down all the great empires of history. In fact, John has revealed what this really is:

John 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

Of the world means, the world system (Matt:4:8). Not God's material creation....

Ephesians 2:2-3 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

1John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

These three are the same temptations that Satan brought to Eve when she ate from the tree (Gen:3:6) and are the same temptations that Satan brought Jesus, and are the same temptations that Satan brings to all men.

For all that is in the world

1) the lust of the flesh
Eve saw that the tree was good for food
2) the lust of the eyes
Eve saw that the tree was good to look at
3) the pride of life
Eve saw the tree was to be desired to make one wise

Jesus stands between this world (Anti-Christ system, Mystery Babylon) and God's kingdom. This is the same as serving only one master (Matt:6:24)
Galatians 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.


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