Exegetical Psychology

 

The Exegetical Anatomy of Temptation

The Spirit and Temptation

Would you like to live a life pleasing to Jesus? As a child, I wanted to live one day without sin. I never reached that goal, but still persevere. In this brief study, we will look at a few verses dealing with your spirit and temptation.

 

Section One

God and Temptation

1 Corinthians 10:13, Escape Temptation
“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”

1.1 Common to Man. God promised that all people face temptation. 1Paul wrote  πειρασμὸς ὑμᾶς οὐκ εἴληφεν εἰ μὴ ἀνθρώπινος· πιστὸς δὲ ὁ θεός, ὃς οὐκ ἐάσει ὑμᾶς πειρασθῆναι ὑπὲρ ὃ δύνασθε, ἀλλὰ ποιήσει σὺν τῷ πειρασμῷ καὶ τὴν ἔκβασιν τοῦ ⸀δύνασθαι ὑπενεγκεῖν. Literally, Paul wrote that temptation has not overtaken you except human, meaning we face human temptations. Even Jesus faced temptation, but he never sinned (Hebrews 4:15). So, we know that temptation is not the same as sin. Sin happens when we give in to temptation. God never tempts anyone and God cannot be tempted by sin (James 1:13). 

1.2 God Controls TemptationGod controls the temptation in the sense that He will never allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able to bear. Therefore, temptations may come your way that would be completely overwhelming for me, but not for you. The same temptation affects different people in different ways.

1.3 Escape Always AvailableGod made a huge promise regarding temptation: He promised a way of escape from every temptation. So, at the moment of temptation, we have to make a choice. Do I flee the temptation or do I sin right now? God promised we can escape every time, because He provides the way of escape.

 

Section Two

The Spirit and Temptation

Matthew 26:41, Spirit and Temptation
“Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Prayer and Temptation

2.1 Keep Watching. As Jesus drew near to His arrest and crucifixion, He spent time in the Garden of Gethsemane with His disciples. He commanded them to keep watching and praying. 2Jesus used the term γρηγορεῖτε–present active imperative, second person plural. Jesus commanded His disciples to keep watching–continuous action. Jesus also used the term  προσεύχεσθε–present middle imperative, second person plural. Jesus also commanded His disciples to keep praying. 

 

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