biblestudy: Matthew (Part 3)

Matthew 3:13 - 4:23
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 29-Jul-81; Sermon #BS-MA03; 78 minutes

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John Ritenbaugh reiterates that Jesus was baptized, not because He had committed any sin, but in order to fulfill God's Commandments of righteousness. Baptism is used symbolically to represent one's total commitment. Perhaps if people knew what was required, there would be fewer baptisms. Every thought, every attitude, every action (the totality of our life) is to be brought into obedience to Him. When Jesus was baptized, He was demonstrating His total commitment to what was laid out before Him. Jesus had to overcome, defeat, displace and disqualify Satan as ruler as part of His commission as Head of the body. As we are joined to the Body, it is part of our commission also. We also wrestle with spiritual wickedness in high places. We are in a war with an enemy we can't feel, see, or touch, an enemy who is trying to take control of our thinking processes. In order to win the battle with Satan, we must counter his deceptive arguments, not with human reasoning, but with the knowledge of God. Satan broadcasts attitudes into our minds, tilting them in certain directions. God uses Satan as an instrument to test for weaknesses, enabling us to be strengthened. In our struggle with Satan, we are admonished to be sober, exercising control over our minds. If a person is under the influence of the world, he is not able to resist Satan. Familiarity and usage of God's word along with yielding to Him and drawing close to Him will help us resist Satan. Jesus resisted Satan with the knowledge of God, resisting appeals to vanity, using power selfishly resisting to lust of the flesh, eyes, and pride of life.

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Matthew 3:13 - 4:23 Acts 4:13 All of God's commandments are righteousness Amoret Appeal to vanity Appeal to use power selfishly Artificial horizon Attitude as the pitch of the ship Baptism of Jesus Bishop Pike Bribery Calling the disciples Can you top this? Capernaum Carnal reasoning Commitment Compromise with evil Dependence on miracles Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah Double-mindedness Engedi Ephesians 6:12 Essence of repentance Fasting as a spiritual tool Fasting for 40 days I Corinthians 10:13 I John 2: I Peter 5: 6 Fulfillment of righteousness Galilee Hunger Isaiah 9:2; 53: James 4:7-8 James and John sitting on the right and left Jesus lead to be tempted John 1:35 ; 3:22; 7:49 John the Baptist Josephus Luke 4:13-16 Mark 1: 14 Matthew 16:21; 20: 21 Mind as the field of battle People of the land Psalm 22; 119:72 Public acclaim Repentance Revelation 12: Satan as a citadel of strength II Corinthians 10: 5 Socialist or welfare oriented governments Stardom through sensationalism Suffering servant Take on whole armor of God Taking risks Temptation of Jesus Temptation Thinking carnally Totality of our life Welfare system

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