Again in Matthew 4, Jesus had his final test against Satan in the wilderness. The Evil One took Jesus to the top of a very high mountain. They looked out over all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. The devil then said to Jesus,
“All these things will I give you, if you will go down on your face and give me worship.”
We learn from this two things: first, that the devil actually has power on earth to be able to offer the world to Jesus. Second, that he is depravedly arrogant to think that he could get Jesus to bow and worship him.
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In my prior post on Matthew 3:2 I shared that God’s will for us is to let our hearts be turned from sin, and now he tells us why:
Let your change of heart be seen in your works; And even now the axe is put to the root of the trees; every tree then which does not give good fruit is cut down, and put into the fire.
We see in these verses that God made a promise to us that when we believe in Jesus as savior and turn from our sin, our hearts begin to change and make us WANT to do good works. We begin to see truth and hear in our hearts what we must do, even if it’s not the popular decision and even when no one else understands why we do what we do. It doesn’t matter, because God knows.
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