First Sunday in Lent (1882)
Matthew 4:1-11We do not wrestle with flesh and blood, etc.
; the devil prowls around like a roaring lion,etc.
, passes through the land, in order to ruin. Does this not make us anxious when weconsider this? "Lion"
, "strong man armed".
He has deceived Adam and Eve, who, evenwithout sin, were perfectly holy!
He has made an apostle of the Lord to fall
, and preoccupiesAnanias' heart!
He even has a great wrath in these last days.
How can we come through victorious in temptations of the devil?
as the devil tempts us
? Our Gospel tells us how
was tempted by the devil.However, Christ has been tempted as we are tempted.
The devil tempts usa. with unbelief and faint-heartedness
, which has unbelief in the aftermath,that we seek to help ourselves by disorderly means;b. with carnal security
; we should provide ourselves the grace and help of God,even when we do not wander from God in unoffered, wicked ways;c. with love of the world, its treasures and its pleasure
how can we hold the field in these temptations
?a. in that we, above all things, always in faith, bear in mind that Christ hasalready overcome the devil for us;
overcome the devil. The stronger men came over the strongman.
Our Gospel is a witness to this. The three-time attempt is run off, the enemy flees.
. Christ has overcome the devil
. He does not fight
, butfor us.
He is led by the Holy Spirit to the battlefield, after He has taken up His public office,and does not fight with His omnipotence, but with the
weapon of the
.b. in that we use in particular in individual temptations the proper weaponshown to us by Christ, the Word of God.
(It is further accomplished, as the godless idea, which
1 Peter 5:8.
John 13:2, 27.
Hebrews 4:15. See Luther, Erlangen Edition 2:132.