Temptation and Justification
Jesse M. Hendley
Was Jesus Christ ever tempted? I mean with real temptation, as temptation comes to us? Can He sympathize with us in our temptations? When we are tempted are we lost? When we are tempted, does that mean He frowns on us and we lose His favor and His smile and He turns His back on us?
Let us look at it from the Word of God. In Hebrews 4:15 we read that ''He was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.'' The answer to the question, ''Was Jesus Christ ever tempted?'' is found in these words: ''We have not an high priest that cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities.'' He is touched when we are tempted, because ''He was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.'' This statement says that Jesus was tempted. It says He was tempted in all points. Jesus Christ Himself was tempted with the same temptations any human being has ever had and because He was tempted with every temptation that can come to you and me, He can be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, our weakness. If we were not weak, we would not be tempted. Yet when Jesus Christ was tempted, He did not sin. He did not fall into the temptation. He did not yield to the temptation. It is not a sin to be tempted; the sin is in yielding to the temptation.
In Hebrews 2:18 we read, ''In that He Himself hath suffered, being tempted, He is able to succour (help) those who are tempted.'' So instead of feeling condemnation and running away from Jesus when we are tempted, we ought to run to Him, for He is a Helper of those being tempted.
A Christian man calls me and says, ''I have such a temptation. I smoke. And you know what? Some churches wall not have anything to do with me because I smoke. They will not let me join their flock. They say if I smoke I am not worthy of being a member of their church and therefore they will not receive me into their church. I have fought this thing, and I want victory o ...
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