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All articles & reviews tagged with temptation

Article

August 2017
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

How are the mighty fallen!

David hears of the death of two of Israel’s heroes, and exclaims three times that two mighty men have fallen. He laments, ‘Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Ashkelon’ (2 Samuel 1:19-27). He is ashamed that such news is proclaimed among his enemies. At the same time, he…

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August 2017
Articles > Guest column

Coping with suffering

In responding to suffering, some Christians have wrongly thought that God can only meaningfully comfort us if he suffers with us in his divine nature and experiences our pain (ET Guest Column, July 2017). This is a tempting point of view, but it is the wrong answer to suffering, because God is transcendent and…

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Review

Reviews > Book

Temptation: resisted and repulsed

There is a surfeit of ‘how to’ books today, but here is a ‘how to’ book with a difference – for it is not about techniques but about the means of grace. John Owen is widely regarded as the greatest Puritan theologian and much he wrote makes serious demands on the reader; but those…

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October 2001
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Lord’s Prayer: Temptation

The sixth petition of the Lord’s prayer (Matthew 6:13; Luke 11:4) concerns something very intrusive in our life’s experience — temptation to sin. The previous petition has to do with forgiveness of sin, and so in a sense we are going back a stage to the source of sinning. Temptation is the context of…

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Historical

November 1999
Articles > Historical

Spirituality: John Owen on the Holy Spirit and the mortification of sin

In the providence of God, the last few decades have witnessed a massive resurgence of interest in the Puritans. Central in this resurgence have been the works of John Owen (1616-1683) who was described by some in his own day as the ‘Calvin of England’. J. I. Packer says that he was ‘England’s foremost…

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November 1998
Articles > Biblical/theological

Temptations of Jesus (2)

We cannot discuss the temptations of Jesus without dealing with those he experienced in the wilderness, as described in Matthew 4 and Luke 4. These temptations focused specially on matters that were fundamental to his whole mission on earth. If he had failed here, his whole work would have been undermined. What do we…

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October 1998
Articles > Biblical/theological

Temptations of Jesus

We received a little box-shaped package as a seasonal gift from friends before we went out to church. We could not tell exactly what was in the package. However, our dog, with her greater sense of smell, certainly could! As an inveterate opportunist, after we had left her alone to go to the service…

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