Those who think that God will always be benign to everybody do not understand the gospel. Salvation is only necessary because of God's wrath against sin.
Salvation does not depend on what we do - it depends on accepting what Jesus Christ has done for us on the cross.
If evangelists advertise their own abilities, and get people to submit to them, something is wrong. They are supposed to announce the Lord Jesus Christ and explain how to submit to His grace.
John the Baptist, like all true evangelists, called people to repent of their sins before God's Saviour came.
The start of Jesus' ministry was remarkable.
Who was Jesus? Luke has already written that the angel Gabriel said He would be 'the Son of the Most High' (Luke 1:32) and 'Son of God' (Luke 1:35).
At first sight, this seems rather strange. Why should the ministry of Jesus Christ, the Son of God start with a direct encounter with Satan.
Jesus was fully human. He needed food as much as we do.
Jesus had been led by the Holy Spirit towards an intentional encounter with Satan. Now Satan was allowed to take the lead.
Satan's temptations have common themes. So they should be easily recognisable. He loves to induce uncertainty and then propose an evil solution to resolve it.
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