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Aug 5 Devotion: Tempted for Our Sake

Hebrews 2:18 “For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.”

The writer of Hebrews is explaining how and why Christ bought salvation for Everyman with His precious blood. The end of this chapter deals specifically with the fruits of Christ’s suffered temptations.

Every single temptation that Christ faced while robes in flesh was to perfect the Son of God for His position after His resurrection (See Verse 17, for further explanation). After ascending to Heaven and being seated at the Right hand of the Father, Jesus became our one and only High Priest. One part of the duties of a High Priest is to render spiritual assistance and relief to those that seek to follow after and worship God.

We know that Jesus was tempted in every point just as were are, yet was He without sin. However, since the Alpha of time Christ was above being tempted by sin. He created all things and by Him did all things consist. He was above everything and nothing had the power to tempt God.

When entered the womb of a virgin, and was born into a tabernacle of flesh, Christ became a little lower than the angels for a time and it was the Will of God that Christ (being robed in flesh) be tempted just like every other person born of woman. Through overcoming this temptation Christ only further proved His holiness, but Jesus also learned what it was to be tempted and how to conquer this temptation within the limitations of the flesh.

So when Christ had ended His fasting and was tempted by Satan, He did that for me. When His flesh hemorrhaged, and every imp of Hell tried to keep His flesh in the Garden of Gethsemane, He did it for me. Every time we find Christ tempted, it was for me. He was the Son of God, he had the power to prevent His flesh from being tempted. Yet he chose the suffering of temptation so that he would know exactly HOW to overcome it when I needed the succor (or assistance) to overcome my temptation.

We often praise His holy name for the suffering He endured for us on the cross, but how often do we overlook the suffering He endured so that He could show us how to live upright before the Lord after salvation? How many instances are left out of the Bible where he endured a certain temptation simply because He knew I would face it?

Our Saviour is Great, and greatly to be praised. So the next time you need assistance or relief from your temptations, ask your High Priest who has all that we can desire.

Your fellowservant in Christ, Bro. Jordan Foster

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