Are To Overcome As Christ Overcame
things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world
ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
made stronger attacks upon Christ than he will ever make upon us. There was
much at stake with him, whether Christ or himself should be conqueror. If
Christ resisted his most powerful temptations, and Satan did not succeed in
leading Him to sin, he knew that he must lose his power, and finally be punished
with everlasting destruction. Therefore Satan worked with mighty power to
lead Christ to do a wrong action, for then he would gain advantage over Him.
. . . You can never be tempted in so determined and cruel manner as was our
Saviour. Satan was upon His path every moment.
Will man take hold of divine power, and with determination and perseverance
resist Satan, as Christ has given him example in His conflict with the foe
in the wilderness of temptation? God cannot save man against his will from
the power of Satan’s artifices. Man must work with his human power,
aided by the divine power of Christ, to resist and to conquer at any cost
to himself. In short, man must overcome as Christ overcame. And then, through
the victory that it is his privilege to gain by the all-powerful name of Jesus,
he may become an heir of God and joint-heir with Jesus Christ. This could
not be the case if Christ alone did all the overcoming. Man must do his part;
he must be victor on his own account, through the strength and grace that
Christ gives him. Man must be a co-worker with Christ in the labor of overcoming,
and then he will be partaker with Christ in His glory.
The Saviour overcame to show man how he may overcome. All the temptations
of Satan, Christ met with the Word of God. By trusting in God’s promises,
He received power to obey God’s commandments, and the tempter could
gain no advantage.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 28.