Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Gospel According to Matthew chapters 3 and 4 notes

Chapter 3- 28 years between the end of chapter 2 and the beginning of 3.

Chapter 3 breaks 400 years of silence

John the Baptist

Sent from God/His message was repentance (Jesus preached the same message after John's arrest)

Details on John and his calling: Isaiah 40:3-9, Matthew 11, John 1:19-30, Acts 19 (John's wandering disciples),

Jesus' baptism; Could you have done it without protest? (John 13:4-9).

Why? Philippians 2, 2 Cor. 5:21, Hebrews 2:6-9, 4:14-15

The Trinity was announced

Jesus led by the Holy Spirit to be tested, proved to be the Messiah. See Strong's G1598 ekpeirazō (Tempt, Test, or Prove) or

Satan uses the same tactics here as he did on Eve and on us today. See Genesis 3, 1 John 2:15-16 and James 1 (lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh, and the pride of life).

Jesus combated the devil with Scripture all from Deuteronomy, do we know Scripture well enough to combat temptation. The devil will use Scripture out of context, beware.

Satan has dominion over this world which was stolen from Adam (See Ephesians 2:1-2, 6:11-13, 1 John 5:19, Daniel 10:13)

The beginning of Jesus' ministry, was teaching, preaching (repentance), and healing.

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