|Matthew 4 |
1 Then Jesus was led up by the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
2 And after he had fasted for forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.
3 Now the tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread."
4 But he answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.'" [To have life in God, all men must hear God speak to them and live by his words, which are spirit and impart life. John 6:63.]
5 Then the devil took him up into the holy city, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple,
6 And said to him, "If you are the Son of God, cast yourself down. For it is written, 'He shall give his angels charge over you; and they shall bear you up in their hands, lest at any time you dash your foot against a stone.'"
7 Jesus answered him, "It is also written, 'You shall not tempt the Lord your God.'"
8 Again, the devil took him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
9 And said to him, "I will give you all these things, if you will fall down and worship me."
10 Then Jesus said to him, "Get away, Satan; for it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.'"
11 Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and ministered to him.
12 Now when Jesus heard that John had been cast into prison, he departed into Galilee.
13 And leaving Nazareth, he went and dwelt in Capernaum, which is on the sea coast, in the region of Zabulun and Naphtali.
14 Thus it was fulfilled as had been spoken by Isaiah the prophet, who had said:
16 The people who sat in darkness have seen a great Light, and to those who sat in the land and shadow of death, Light has dawned."1 [Jesus, the light who enlightens every man who comes into the world, is given to every man so that he might believe the truth; so a man might believe the truth of what the light shows and tells him about his evil behavior. Jesus is the light of the world, who if man follows, (believes what he is told), will have the light of life, and will be reconciled and restored to God, who is light, to become children of the light. All men sit in darkness and walk in darkness until their hearts have been purged from the evil that defiles them.]
17 From that time Jesus began to preach, crying out, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." [Jesus said further: "Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead the third day, that repentance and release from bondage of sins (remission) should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem." Luke 24:46-47.]
18 Now Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.
19 And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."
20 And they immediately left their nets and followed him.
21 And going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them.
22 And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.2
23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and disease among the people.
24 And his fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought all the sick people to him who were afflicted with many diseases and torments, and those who were possessed with demons, and those who were lunatics, and those who were paralyzed, and he healed them.
25 Great multitudes of people followed him; from Galilee, Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.
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1 The people who sat in darkness have seen a great Light, and to those who sat in the land and shadow of death, Light has dawned. Every man is living in spiritual darkness in his fallen nature inherited from Adam's fall in the Garden of Eden. We are all stumbling through life in darkness on our own brain's selfish, defective decisions; but when the light has dawned in you, you can walk by the light of God, always given perfect words of virtue to speak and shown perfect deeds of virtue to be performed. Jesus promises to bring us out of darkness to live in his marvelous light while still alive on the earth and then forever. Jesus is the Light, the light who enlightens every man who comes into the world, given to every man so that he might believe, John 1:7,9; so that every man might believe the truth of what the light shows him about his evil behavior. Jesus is the light of the world, who if man follows, (believes what he is told), will have the light of life, and will be reconciled and restored to God, who is light, to become children of the light.
From the Word of the Lord within:
How is this done?—by believing what Christ the light shows and says to you. The light of Christ is given to every man so that he might believe — believe the truth. At some point in every man's life, the light anonymously shows us the truth of our evil ways, pleading with us to turn from evil and do what is right. If we believe the light, evidenced by our heeding it, then the light and spirit of Christ increases in us, and eventually we receive by revelation from the Father a hunger for righteousness and more of God. To obtain more of God, we must expose ourselves to listen and hear more of God's commands to us. We do that by obeying his many suggestions of come to me, which is to sit in humble silence, waiting on God, as we listen, watch, hear, and obey. To believe the light is to believe Jesus.
Jesus gave us our priorities:
As our life's highest priority, with daily patience and persistence we go to Him to sit in humble silence, waiting on God, listening to hear his teachings and commands. Each word we hear, believe, and obey, is engrafted into our heart; each word we hear, believe and obey, imparts more of the life of Christ into our hearts; each word we hear adds to the purification of our hearts. With our obedient endurance to the end, we see Christ bring our salvation and eternal life.
In addition to Christ being named the word, Christ is also named the light, which enlightens every man and is given to every man so that he might believe; the light, is the light of the word, the light of Christ:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was god.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and there was nothing made without him.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
The light shines in the darkness; and the darkness did not comprehend it.
Which was the true Light that enlightens every man who comes into the world.
that all might believe in it . John 1:1-5,7,9
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of Life." John 8:12
To follow Jesus is to go to Him, sit at His feet, wait in humble silence, as you listen for Him to speak; and then obey what you hear Him command you.
While you have light, believe in the light, that you may become the children of light. John 12:36
And this is the condemnation, that light has come into the world [every man], but men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
For everyone who does evil hates the light [so hates Christ, who is the light], and does not come to the light for fear his deeds will be exposed and reproved.
But he who practices truth comes to the light, so that his deeds may be shown to have been produced [effected, formed, prompted, energized] through God. John 3:19-21
God is light, 1 John 1:5.
From the Word of the Lord within:
Faith in the voice is evidenced by your obedience to what you hear the Lord speak to you as you wait on Him and listen in humble silence; to follow is to obey what you hear Christ speak to you — that is operational faith that is alive, not dead.
Now as he [Saul, later named Paul] neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven shined around him.
And he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"
And he said, "Who are you, Lord? " And the Lord said, "I am Jesus whom you are persecuting." Acts 9:3-5
Which light was the new covenant, prophesied to come to the Gentiles, to be God's salvation to the end's of the earth:
I the LORD have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand; I will keep you and give you for a covenant to the people, for a light to the Gentiles, Isa 42:6
He says, 'It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel; I will also give you for a light to the Gentiles, that you may be my salvation to the ends of the earth.' Isa 49:6
And the Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. Isa 60:3
A light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel. Luke 2:32
For the Lord commanded this, saying, 'I have given you to be a light of the Gentiles, that you should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.' Acts 13:47
That the Christ would suffer, and that he would be the first who would rise from the dead and proclaim light to the [Jewish] people, and to the Gentiles. Acts 26:23
2 they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him. They became his disciples. What is a disciple? Someone who follows the teachings of their leader is a disciple. A disciple has discipline; he obeys the rules and commands laid down by his teacher. Today people call themselves disciples of Christ, when they have never been taught or disciplined by Christ. To follow Jesus is to listen to, hear, and obey Jesus; to follow Jesus is to deny your will and follow his specific commands spoken to you. This is the cross, without which no man can be his disciple. Luke 14:27
Jesus called his disciples and then spent night and day with them for three years, personally training them and teaching them. When he left the earth, he told his disciples: Therefore go and teach in all nations,.. teaching them to observe all the things that I have commanded you. Mat 28:19-20. Now it took three years for Jesus to teach his disciples, and Paul took three years, night and day, to teach the disciples, warning them in tears that men among them as ravenous wolves, (hungry for your money), would arise with false teachings to deceive the disciples. And, just as predicted, the preachers of today, hungry for your money, would have you believe that you can be instantly saved, just by saying a prayer and/or going through John's baptism of water. What happened to discipleship? What happened to three years? Where did the cross go that all disciples must carry? What happened to teaching the disciples how to observe all that Jesus had commanded? (Click to see list of commands). Jesus said: the disciple is not above the master, but when he is perfected, he will be like the master. Luke 6:40. Those who claim they don't need to be perfected to be a finished disciple, consider themselves to be greater than Jesus, placing themselves above his exclusions, his requirements, and his qualifying conditions of salvation, which all who wish to be Christians must complete. Instant Christians are make-believe Christians. Keep reading, and you will see that the blind guides of Christendom have fooled their followers, leading billions into the ditch, the broad easy way: wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in that way. Mat 7:13.
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