Jesus fights Satan under the Law

Matthew 4:1

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.

The only weapon Jesus had to defeat the devil was the Word of God. So, he quoted scripture. He had to defeat Satan while under the Law. He had use the Old Covenant tools (like scripture) to defeat the devil. But, it’s very different for us today. We have so much more than just scripture–we have the Living Word of God living in us who has already defeated the enemy.

We’ve often heard it preached that we must also use the Word of God as our weapons against the enemy. Quoting Bible scripture will not defeat the enemy. Christ, the living Word of God, defeats the enemy. He is the one who fights for us, not our ability to quote scripture or even memorize the Word of God.

Matthew 4:17

From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Jesus’ key message is that a new era had come. He preached that the kingdom of heaven had arrived.

We had to change our thinking. Today, we need to change the way we think about this. We must metanoeo.

Bearing Fruit of Repentance

Matthew 3:6

…they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

It’s interesting that right before Christ appears on the scene, people felt a need to confess their sins and be baptized. John was “preparing the way” and there was this desire among people to confess their sins. Confession is a sign of a changed heart.

Matthew 3:8

John said, “Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.”

This word repentance is quite different than what most people think. This is from a blog post I wrote called Real Repentance:

Look at the original Greek word for “repent” – metanoeo. It comes from two root words, meta and noeo.

Meta means an over-arching change. There’s a difference between “morphing” and “meta-morphing”. Morphing is changing from within something similar. Meta-morphing, on the other hand, is changing from a caterpillar to a butterfly. It’s an over-arching change–a broader, more high-level change.

Noeo is where we get the word knowledge. It means to think, to perceive, to understand.

So, combine the two meta-noeo, and you have a word that means “an over-arching change in how you understand or perceive”.

What John was saying here was “bear fruit in keeping with a changed heart”. If the hearts of the Pharisees were truly changed, truly “metanoeo-ed”, then their actions would bear fruit of “repentance”. Their actions would bear fruit that they were now thinking differently.

Repentance, Change Your Thinking

Matthew 2:3

Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Repent: meta-noeo. To change the way you think about something.

“Repent” is an instruction to stop thinking the old way and start thinking a new way. Change your old way of thinking because the “kingdom of God” is here now. It’s at hand. It’s present.

Our change in thinking is to fully understand that because of Christ, because the kingdom of heaven is here now, we must think differently. We must understand and grow in the knowledge of God to fully experience what we already have here on earth.

Here’s a much longer article I wrote on real “repentance”: Renewing the Mind: Changing the Way You Think

Jesus, His Name is Salvation

Matthew 1:21

She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.

The name of Jesus is important. Yeshua means “salvation”. “He will save his people from their sins.”

What does it mean to save people from their sins? What does that plan look like? What did Mary think when the angel told her, “He will save his people from their sins”?

And, why did the angel call us “his people”?

Because, we belong to Christ. We are his treasured possession. We are his.

2012 Journey of Grace

GraceThis blog was setup to chronicle various aspects of my journey with God. As long I’m alive, I will always need my Father’s help. I simply want to share my journey with others so that we can all grow together.

For the past year, I’ve been learning so much about grace. I don’t think we truly grasp all that Christ has done for us. When he said on the cross, “It is finished,” he meant it. It was finished. But, what does that mean? What is the finished work of Christ?

Starting in 2012, I’m going to dig through the New Testament specifically through the lens of grace and share my thoughts. My hope is to post something as I read each chapter. I will not do an exhaustive breakdown study of each verse or even an in depth study of the chapter. My goal is simply to read through the New Testament and document what stands out to me. I also plan to make notes of what is typically taught in most churches regarding grace.

I hope you enjoy this journey with me. And please comment or share your thoughts as we move through the New Testament.

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Let’s get started in Matthew

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