The Gospel of God – Part 16

We will now look at Eve and Adam’s response to the conversation Eve had had with the devil, recorded in verse 6:

“So, when the woman saw:

  1. That the tree was good for food – the lust of the flesh
  2. That it was pleasant to the eyes – the lust of the eyes
  3. And a tree desirable to make one wise – the pride of life

She took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate”.

Calamity, calamity – what a Fall!

The pattern of the temptations is repeated in the gospel accounts of the temptations of the Lord Jesus Christ. These are recorded for us in Luke’s gospel.

“The devil said to Him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread; the lust of the flesh, Luke 4:3”.

“The devil… showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time…and said to Him, all this authority I will give You….the lust of the eyes, Luke 4:5-6”.

“He brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down…””. the pride of life, Luke 4:9-11.

Where Adam and Eve failed, the second Man, our Lord Jesus Christ, overcame and won the victory.

Where Adam and Eve disobeyed the word of God, Jesus Christ obeyed it and lived by every word that proceeded from the mouth of God.

We see the same pattern in 1 John 2:15-17 “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

For all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it, but he who does the will of God abides forever”.

So, as believers in Jesus Christ we have the same pattern of temptations and have the same resources in the word of God to overcome them.