Recently I was driving my son to school and I was listening to a radio broadcast on a Christian radio station. I’ve listened to my share of pastors who speak on a wide array of topics, whether it is in traditional sermon or talk radio format. I believe that the one I happened to be listening to on this particular day was of the former format. What really drew me into what the speaker was saying was not so much the scripture that he quoted, James 1:12; it was that when he gave examples of it, he only came from one perspective as thought that one type of temptation was the only kind that applied to the scripture.
When the bible speaks about the first sin of man that led to the fall, we have this understanding that the temptation faced by the first Adam and the Last Adam, who would be our redeemer, both faced the same types of temptation; the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. This point is brought out in 1 John 2:16.
I’m sure we could chalk it up to time constraints of a sermon as the reason he only spoke of sexual temptation, but how then does a Christian find hope in the scripture if this particular temptation is not one for them?
Ultimately, there truly is a crown to be gained by coming out victorious when we are presented with the testing of temptation. Yet, everyone has their own test or temptation that is germane to them. One person’s temptation may indeed be sexual, but someone else’s might be pride, greed, ego or something totally different. The enemy of our soul knows us well enough that if one thing doesn’t phase us, he will go through the array until we face what that one may be the one that is a temptation to us. The victory comes in following the example of Jesus, the Last Adam; be ready with The Word that will put our adversary to flight.
- The Difference Between Trials and Temptations (joydare.com)
- Temptation Explained (1peter311.wordpress.com)
- The Nature of Temptation (hiwaychristian.wordpress.com)
- Your training has strengthned You (divinedirection.typepad.com)