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Are you human? Then you have dealt with temptation. Even people who do not consider themselves Christian talk about being tempted, and they are not the only ones who chronically give in.
Yet there is a watershed difference in what temptation mmeans to one who is called of God and who has been bought by the blood of Christ. The book of Hebrews tells us that, in Christ, we have a “High Priest who was tempted in every way, yet without sin.” It also says that Jesus’ temptations were “common to man.” How much more clear do we need to get? Jesus, God in human flesh, was tempted in every way that you have been or will ever be tempted.
Quite a bold statement! This is precisely the topic of the book Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ, by Russell D. Moore, dean of the School of Theology at the Southern Baptist Seminary.
Don’t worry, this is not another one of those books that attempts to give you five steps to freedom from your temptation. On the contrary, the virtually the entire book is about Christ and his temptation by Satan. Dr. Moore fluidly presents each temptation in finite clarity on how each if foundational to every temptation we face today.
Hidden in the folds of Christ’s garmets is where we find our freedom. Jesus lived the righteous life that he knew we could not live; and he lived it on our behalf. The answer to all our temptation is found in our life in Christ. As we seek to be fathered by God, rescued by his grace, and cruicified with him our live reorients under the awe and passion of knowing the one who gave his all for us.
There are many books on temptation, but few that offers the only real solution to our problem: Christ alone!