Matthew 4* The temptation of Christ. (1-11) The opening of Christ'sministry in Galilee. (12-17) Call of Simon and others. (18-22)Jesus teaches and works miracles. (23-25)1-11 Concerning Christ's temptation, observe, that directlyafter he was declared to be the Son of God, and the Saviour ofthe world, he was tempted; great privileges, and special tokensof Divine favour, will not secure any from being tempted. But ifthe Holy Spirit witness to our being adopted as children of God,that will answer all the suggestions of the evil spirit. Christwas directed to the combat. If we presume upon our own strength,and tempt the devil to tempt us, we provoke God to leave us toourselves. Others are tempted, when drawn aside of their ownlust, and enticed, #Jas 1:14|; but our Lord Jesus had no corruptnature, therefore he was tempted only by the devil. In thetemptation of Christ it appears that our enemy is subtle,spiteful, and very daring; but he can be resisted. It is acomfort to us that Christ suffered, being tempted; for thus itappears that our temptations, if not yielded to, are not sins,they are afflictions only. Satan aimed in all his temptations,to bring Christ to sin against God. 1. He tempted him to despairof his Father's goodness, and to distrust his Father's careconcerning him. It is one of the wiles of Satan to takeadvantage of our outward condition; and those who are broughtinto straits have need to double their guard. Christ answeredall the temptations of Satan with "It is written;" to set us anexample, he appealed to what was written in the Scriptures. Thismethod we must take, when at any time we are tempted to sin. Letus learn not to take any wrong courses for our supply, when ourwants are ever so pressing: in some way or other the Lord willprovide. 2. Satan tempted Christ to presume upon his Father'spower and protection, in a point of safety. Nor are any extremesmore dangerous than despair and presumption, especially in theaffairs of our souls. Satan has no objection to holy places asthe scene of his assaults. Let us not, in any place, be off ourwatch. The holy city is the place, where he does, with thegreatest advantage, tempt men to pride and presumption. All highplaces are slippery places; advancements in the world makes aman a mark for Satan to shoot his fiery darts at. Is Satan sowell versed in Scripture as to be able to quote it readily? Heis so. It is possible for a man to have his head full ofScripture notions, and his mouth full of Scripture expressions,while his heart is full of bitter enmity to God and to allgoodness. Satan misquoted the words. If we go out of our way,out of the way of our duty, we forfeit the promise, and putourselves out of God's protection. This passage, #De 8:3|, madeagainst the tempter, therefore he left out part. This promise isfirm and stands good. But shall we continue in sin, that gracemay abound? No. 3. Satan tempted Christ to idolatry with theoffer of the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them. Theglory of the world is the most charming temptation to theunthinking and unwary; by that men are most easily imposed upon.Christ was tempted to worship Satan. He rejected the proposalwith abhorrence. "Get thee hence, Satan!" Some temptations areopenly wicked; and they are not merely to be opposed, butrejected at once. It is good to be quick and firm in resistingtemptation. If we resist the devil he will flee from us. But thesoul that deliberates is almost overcome. We find but few whocan decidedly reject such baits as Satan offers; yet what is aman profited if he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?Christ was succoured after the temptation, for his encouragementto go on in his undertaking, and for our encouragement to trustin him; for as he knew, by experience, what it was to suffer,being tempted, so he knew what it was to be succoured, beingtempted; therefore we may expect, not only that he will feel forhis tempted people, but that he will come to them withseasonable relief. 12-17 It is just with God to take the gospel and the means ofgrace, from those that slight them and thrust them away. Christwill not stay long where he is not welcome. Those who arewithout Christ, are in the dark. They were sitting in thiscondition, a contented posture; they chose it rather than light;they were willingly ignorant. When the gospel comes, lightcomes; when it comes to any place, when it comes to any soul, itmakes day there. Light discovers and directs; so does thegospel. The doctrine of repentance is right gospel doctrine. Notonly the austere John Baptist, but the gracious Jesus, preachedrepentance. There is still the same reason to do so. The kingdomof heaven was not reckoned to be fully come, till the pouringout of the Holy Spirit after Christ's ascension. 18-22 When Christ began to preach, he began to gatherdisciples, who should be hearers, and afterwards preachers ofhis doctrine, who should be witnesses of his miracles, andafterwards testify concerning them. He went not to Herod'scourt, not to Jerusalem, among the chief priests and the elders,but to the sea of Galilee, among the fishermen. The same powerwhich called Peter and Andrew, could have wrought upon Annas andCaiaphas, for with God nothing is impossible. But Christ choosesthe foolish things of the world to confound the wise. Diligencein an honest calling is pleasing to Christ, and it is nohinderance to a holy life. Idle people are more open to thetemptations of Satan than to the calls of God. It is a happy andhopeful thing to see children careful of their parents, anddutiful. When Christ comes, it is good to be found doing. Am Iin Christ? is a very needful question to ask ourselves; and,next to that, Am I in my calling? They had followed Christbefore, as common disciples, #Joh 1:37|; now they must leavetheir calling. Those who would follow Christ aright, must, athis command, leave all things to follow him, must be ready topart with them. This instance of the power of the Lord Jesusencourages us to depend upon his grace. He speaks, and it isdone. 23-25 Wherever Christ went, he confirmed his Divine mission bymiracles, which were emblems of the healing power of hisdoctrine, and the influences of the Spirit which accompanied it.We do not now find the Saviour's miraculous healing power in ourbodies; but if we are cured by medicine, the praise is equallyhis. Three general words are here used. He healed every sicknessor disease; none was too bad; none too hard, for Christ to healwith a word. Three diseases are named; the palsy, which is thegreatest weakness of the body; lunacy, which is the greatestmalady of the mind; and possession of the devil, which is thegreatest misery and calamity of both; yet Christ healed all, andby thus curing bodily diseases, showed that his great errandinto the world was to cure spiritual maladies. Sin is thesickness, disease, and torment of the soul: Christ came to takeaway sin, and so to heal the soul.
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