The Worship War: Battle for Salvation

Sorry for the long break, school, life and work have been crazy!

I have been trying to work through a series called ‘The Worship War’. You can read the previous blogs in this series on my previous blog posts. This next post is the second to last post. Up to this point we have seen Satan be defeated by God, and thrown from heaven. We have also seen Adam and Eve defeated by Satan and thrown out of Eden. This next battle, or two battles really, is the battle that decides the victor in the war. The major players in this battle are Jesus Christ, God incarnate, the Son of God, our Lord and Savior! He is being confronted by the Deceiver, Satan!

The battle begins after Jesus has spent 40 days in the desert fasting, alone. He is physically weak, and is vulnerable to spiritual attack. Satan approaches Him and says “If You are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” This seems like a trifle of a comment, however, Satan is tempting Christ with selfishness. The holy power Christ possessed was not to be used for personal gain, even turning stones into bread. If Christ yielded to this temptation, the sin committed would have been selfishness. Christ responds, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.'” quoting from the scriptures.

Satan then attempts another temptation: Satan shows Christs all the kingdoms of the world, and offers them to Christ if He will only bow to Satan, Christ responds, “It is written, “You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.” Satan combines selfish ambition, with idolatry, the same sin that we all have fallen too, and Christ once again deflects the temptation with Scripture. By bowing to Satan Christ would have been, in effect, worshiping Satan and offering to serve him in the way that only God is due!

The final temptation happens like this: Satan takes Christ to the highest point of the temple and says, “If you are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here; for it is written: ‘He will command HIs angels concerning You to guard You,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear You up so that You will not strike Your foot against a stone.'” Satan attempts to use scripture against Jesus in this case. However, Christ response, “It is said, ‘ You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.” This story can be found in Luke 4:1-13.

This is the first half of the Battle, verse 13 says, “When the devil had finished every temptation, he left Him until an opportune time.” That ‘opportune time’ came approximately three years later, and this is when the Crucifixion events occur.

Those events we will look at next week! For now note that this temptation experience sets Christ, and humanity up for victory! If Jesus had given in, just like Adam and Eve, then Satan would have won here. In a way Jesus is ‘the second Adam.’ Because the second Adam succeeded where the first did not, salvation is made available through Christ!

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4 thoughts on “The Worship War: Battle for Salvation

  1. Karina says:

    Praise be to God!!

    I was watching “The Devils Advocate” last night and it is such a good movie as to the way the devil will ‘set the stage’ and tempt but never go against the law of free will. As a christian, you hear so many great one liners like when he is speaking to satan as his father and asks – Are we negotiating? And he replies: Always…

    Great Post Matt. Look forward to the next!

    • supermatt28 says:

      That is a good point about Satan, you never see him breaking the law of free will in the Bible. In the case of Adam and Eve, Job, and Christ he always tempts in some way, never forces.

      On a semi-related note. I have been contemplating how demon-possession falls into this, and am unsure, I would assume that the individual opens them-self freely in some way, whether knowingly or not.

      • Karina says:

        Great subject to ponder! I would say from my past experience and what I have for-seen within my journey: When you do not have God in your life, you open yourself up to fall and be fooled by anything. When we accept God – we become whole in his identity.
        Without him we create a void in our lives which you see our society filling with drugs, alcohol, relationships and abuse – also anger. Those negative anchors within a god like image repel the original intention for the human – thus allowing a demonic possession to take place as it is accepting to all external things that are not of God. E.g being ‘of’ the world.
        Make sense?

      • supermatt28 says:

        Indeed, interesting insights

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