Friday, August 5, 2016

Freewill (Part 3)

Jesus Christ the only person to have freewill.

The freewill of our Lord in the desert after fasting for 40 days and 40 nights.

Matthew 4:1‭-‬3 NKJV
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”

After fasting for 40 days and 40 nights in the desert, one could have died from dehydration but not for our Lord.

For the spirit have supernaturally sustain our Lord from dying so that the hunger and thirst experience from our Lord has reach beyond the pinnacle of what any man can endure.

And the "temptation" that our Lord is to face has surpass all human comprehension.

It is at this moment that the will is in greatest bondage to the wants of the flesh.

However the desire for food did not cause our Lord to change the stones to bread.

With this kind of testing. One can safely conclude that the will of our Lord is free.

That the will of our Lord is not in bondage by the flesh. And we can truly say that our Lord has indeed conquered the flesh.

And our Lord is able to exercise freewill.

Matthew 4:4 NKJV
“It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ”

Hebrews 4:15 New King James Version (NKJV)
15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

Spurgeon Commentary
tempted in all things in the same way Our Lord could never have fallen the victim of temptation, but through life He was the object of it. He could never have been so tempted as that the sin of a temptation could spot his soul. Far from it. Yet remember that in the wilderness He was tempted to unbelief. The evil one said, “If you are the Son of God” (Luke 4:3). Most of us know how he can hiss that “if” into our ear. Upon our Lord that “if” fell painfully but harmlessly.

Then came the temptation to help Himself and anticipate the providence of God by selfish action: “Order that these stones become bread” (Matt 4:3). We, too, have had this rash act suggested to us. The tempter has said, “You could get out of your difficulties by doing a wrong thing—do it. It is not a very wrong thing either; indeed, it is questionable whether it might not be justifiable under the circumstances. In vain will you wait for the Lord; put out your own hand and provide for yourself. The way of faith in God is slow, and you are in pressing need.” Our Lord came just there. When no bread in the house is made the background of a great temptation, remember that our Lord has undergone the counterpart of that temptation.

Next, the Lord Jesus was tempted to presumption. Set on the pinnacle of the temple, He heard a voice saying, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you” (Luke 4:9–10). Are you haunted by a similar suggestion to presume? Is it suggested that you quit your old standing and try the new notions, or that you speculate in business, or that you profess to understand what God has never taught you? Resist earnestly. Ah, dear friends! Your Lord knows all about this, and as He escaped that temptation, you shall do the same.

Then the fiend—how often I have wondered at him!—dared to say to Christ, “I will give to you all these things, if you will fall down and worship me” (Matt 4:9). Picture the Lord of angels, with all the royalty of heaven shining on His brow, and the black fiend daring to say, “Fall down and worship me.” It may be that a like temptation is coming home to you: live for gold, live for fame, live for pleasure: in some form or other, worship the devil and renounce faith in God. But even though the fiend could fulfill his promise, and all the world should be ours, we are bound to resist unto the death, and we are encouraged to do so by the fact that we are upon the old ground where our Redeemer fought and conquered. He can enter into the distress that this temptation is causing you; for He has felt the same.

Spurgeon, C. (2014). Spurgeon Commentary: Hebrews. (E. Ritzema & J. Strong, Eds.) (pp. 107–108). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Warren Wiersbe Commentary
When He was ministering on earth in a human body, He experienced all that we experience, and even more. After all, a sinless person would feel temptations and trials in a much greater way than you and I could ever feel them.

Christ was tempted, yet He did not sin; and He is able to help us when we are tempted. If we fail to hold fast our confession, we are not proving that Jesus Christ has failed. We are only telling the world that we failed to draw on His grace and mercy when it was freely available to us.

Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary (Vol. 2, p. 291). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

Barnes Commentary
But was in all points tempted like as we are - “Tried” as we are; see the notes at Heb_2:18. He was subjected to all the kinds of trial to which we can be, and he is, therefore, able to sympathize with us and to aid us. He was tempted - in the literal sense; he was persecuted; he was poor; he was despised; he suffered physical pain; he endured the sorrows of a lingering and most cruel death.

F.F. Bruce
Christian have in heaven a high priest with an unequated capacity for sympathizing with them in all the danger s and sorrows and trials which come their way in life,because he himself, by virtue of his likeness to them, was exposed to all these experience.

Yet he endured triumphantly every form of testing that mankind could endure. without any weakening of his faith in God or any relaxation of his obedience to him.

Such endurance involves more, not less, than ordinary human suffering. Sympathy with the sinner in his trial does not depend on the experience of sin but on the experience of the strength of the temptation to sin which only the sinless can know in its full intensity. He who falls yields before the last strain.”

~The epistle to the hebrews F. F. bruce

2 Corinthians 5:21
21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Matthew 26:39
New King James Version (NKJV)
39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”

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