2 Timothy 3:16,17 - Jesus Our Example on How to Overcome Satan.
2Ti.3:16, 17: Jesus Our Example on How to Overcome Satan.
All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for
reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that
everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good
work. 2 Timothy 3:16, 17, NRSV.
The great leading temptations wherewith we would be beset,
Christ met and overcame in the wilderness. His coming off victor over
appetite, presumption, and the world shows how we may overcome. Satan has
overcome his millions in tempting the appetite and leading people to give
up to presumptuous sins. There are many who profess to be followers
of Christ, claiming by their faith to be enlisted in the warfare
against all evil in their nature, yet who, with hardly a thought, plunge
into scenes of temptation that would require a miracle to bring them
forth unsullied. Meditation and prayer would have preserved them and
led them to shun the dangerous positions in which they have placed
themselves, and that give Satan the advantage over them.
The promises of God are not for us to claim rashly, to
protect us while we rush on recklessly into danger, violating the laws
of nature, or disregarding prudence and the judgment God has given
us to use. This would not be genuine faith but presumption. The
thrones and kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them, were presented
to Christ. Never will we have temptations as strong as those that
But Satan comes to us with worldly honor, wealth, and the
pleasures of life. These temptations are varied to meet people of every
rank and degree, tempting them away from God to serve themselves more
than their Creator. "All these things will I give thee," said Satan
to Christ. "All these things will I give thee," says Satan to us.
"All this money, this land, all this power, this honor, and these
riches, will I give thee," and we are charmed, deceived, and
treacherously allured on to our ruin. If we give ourselves up to worldliness
of heart and of life, Satan is satisfied.
The Saviour overcame the wily foe, showing us how we may
overcome. He has left us His example, to repel Satan with Scripture. He
might have had recourse to His own divine power and used His own
words, but His example would not then have been as useful to us. Christ
used only Scripture. How important that the Word of God be thoroughly
studied and followed, that in case of emergency we may be "throughly
furnished unto all good works" and especially fortified to meet the wily
foe. -Letter 1a, 1872.