The First Principle
Nature Of Temptation
Scheme of Temptation
Excuses for Sin
Strength of Temptation
Character of Potiphar's Wife
Now notice very particularly the admonition of the Lord in Matthew 26:41 as our principle text. Notice what the Lord saith by way of introduction.
"Enter not into temptation."
It would be, here, as if the Lord was saying, at each and every moment of your life, "Ye are on the threshold of temptation and sin. Ye can do one of two things, ye can stand outside or ye can enter in. Ye can do one of two things, ye can stand outside and resist, or ye can bow down in submission and enter in".
"Choose ye the right and Enter not in"
"Enter not INTO temptation".
"When she saw that the tree was good for food and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she entered into temptation and took and did eat and gave also unto her husband with her and he did eat."
Bad enough she would take for herself being tempted, but she did worse. She did eat and gave to Adam, causing the destruction of the entire race of mankind. "Enter Not! " saith Christ .
Consider the progression.
First, Eve becomes the tempted one by the one
who is the tempter, even the serpent. We may even conclude as a practical warning
from James 1.13-14, that the serpent may be a typification of her own lusts. [cf. Gal 4.14]
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