by Darrel Cline (darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)
Study # 8 October 15, 1997 Harlingen, Texas
Thesis:Temptation can only be effectively resisted by knowledge.
I. What Does it Mean to Be Tempted or Tried?
A. The use of the term in the New Testament...always has the idea of someone making an attempt to accomplish something.
B. Issues involved in making the attempt...
1. There is always a certain objective in view. [This is the agape issue.]
2. There is often a method-issue involved. [This is the faith issue.]
3. There is always a certain pressure involved.
a. The pressure is either at the values level where one objective is pitted against another...values in conflict,
b. Or the pressure is at the methodological level...pitting methods against each other
4. There is always a decision-unto-action involved.
5. There is always a perspective on the result involved. [This is James' initial command, and it is intimately connnected to the whole process, whether is it men, Satan, or God who are looking ahead.]
CURRENT STUDY :
I. Continuation of the Issues Involved in Temptation or Trial.
A. Continuation of the issues of pressure.
1. The pressure can be at the methodological level...pitting methods against each other.
a. Typically, God establishes both objective and methodology (as with His promise to Abraham about the birth of a seed, and with Saul and the battle in 1 Samuel 15) and He often waits until the last minute to fulfill His Word (as in Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac, Saul's impatient sacrifice in 1 Samuel 13, and Deuteronomy 8:1-3).
B. There is always a decision-unto-action involved.
1. Temptation/testing is NEVER only in view of modes of thinking; there is always a concrete result-objective in view and results require actions.
2. Decisions are already in view in James 1:2 in the use of the word 'count'.
C. There is always a perspective on the result involved. [This is James' initial command, and it is intimately connected to the whole process, whether it is men, Satan, or God who are looking ahead.]
II. What Are the Implications of Variety?
A. The difficulties can be a varied as the issue of colors--a basic set of three mixed and mingled into an innumerable host.
1. This makes our understanding of what is involved more complicated.
2. This makes a better grasp of the whole of God's words more necessary.
B. A 'piling on' effect can make the situation more difficult.
III. How Does Knowledge Help?
A. There is NO life apart from knowledge.
1. Life is knowing God.
2. Life only comes by the words of God.
B. Success is directly tied to a certain kind of knowledge and a specific content of knowledge.
1. The meaning of ginosko.
2. The particular content of the knowledge that gives the power of resistance.