Jesus the Messiah triumphs over and disarms all the powers of evil arrayed against him. Jesus has won the victory. Death is defeated.
What it the scope of Jesus the Messiah’s victory over temptation? It can be complete as I grow in my discipleship and transformative for me. Jesus has won and gives me the victory. While I struggle, Jesus is at work, setting me free. Because of Jesus, I can overwhelmingly conquer. God is working to crush satan and evil in my life.
Does Jesus understand what I am dealing with? Jesus understands. Jesus sympathizes with my weakness. Jesus was tempted, just like me, but He never missed God’s goal (aka sin). The gift of Jesus will be with me.
1 Corinthians 15:57 (NASB) — But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus the Messiah.
Can I do good? I want to but there is this evil nature. God shows me the way out. It is the Way of Jesus. I must become a slave to Jesus. He is my Master. Jesus has set me free from the slavery to my flesh and the law of sin.
- Romans 7:21–25 (NASB) — I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus the Messiah our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.
- Romans 8:37 (NASB) — But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.
- Romans 16:20 (NASB) — The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.
- Hebrews 4:15 (NASB) — For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.
- Matthew 4:1–11 (NASB) — Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’ ” Then the devil took Him into the holy city and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will command His angels concerning You’; and ‘On their hands they will bear You up, So that You will not strike Your foot against a stone.’ ” Jesus said to him, “On the other hand, it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ” Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’ ” Then the devil left Him; and behold, angels came and began to minister to Him.