Here are some links that we think you'll find useful in your studies.
Why Should We Value Human Relationships? (Trillia Newbell, The Gospel Project)
We are not merely individuals walking out our faith alone. We are a part of humanity, each one of us heading towards Heaven or Hell. We want to be mindful as we interact with others, that though the here and now may feel and seem incredibly permanent, it is not. This doesn’t mean that we view people as projects. That isn’t love. But out of love we remember that for those of us in Christ we are witnesses. We want to share the gospel and be a light in a darkened world. It’s the greatest news we’ve ever heard. We don’t want to keep it to ourselves.
And if we are in Christ we should view each other as brothers and sisters. We are adopted sons and daughters of God (Ephesians 5:1). We are His children and thus brothers and sisters in Christ. We are members of a glorious, mysterious family. Every person regardless of economic status, cultural background, gender or ethnicity, is equal in the sight of God and are members of the same household of God (Ephesians 2:19). There is no distinction. Understanding our adoption into God’s family changes everything about how we relate to one another.
How to Endure Common-to-Man Temptations (Jon Bloom, Desiring God)
And they are the most dangerous temptations we face because they’re aimed at where we are weakest: our profound, pathological fallen selfishness. This is why Satan concentrates most of his efforts on them. They encourage us to nurture a fantasy that the world we perceive is our world. And in this fantasy-world we ought to possess what we desire and things ought to go our way.
The more we indulge this fantasy the more we want it to be true. It feeds and expands our sinful desire-appetites. It increasingly shapes our thinking and behavior. If not resisted and battled vigorously, we will eventually pursue as real an image we created.
This is rank idolatry, which is why Paul makes a connection between these temptations and Israel’s golden calf a few verses earlier (1 Corinthians 10:7). We are not to play with these “common to man” fantasy-idols. They are lethal. They destroy people every day. They “[bring] forth death” (James 1:14–15).
Disciple-Making Is Ordinary Christianity (9 Marks)
The Temptation of Jesus Is Not about Your Battle with Sin (Christianity.com)
Although Jesus’ hunger was no doubt fierce, the first temptation isn’t really about hunger per se. Nor is it about how you and I can use the Word of God to resist the devil (although we can and do.) It’s about Jesus choosing the suffering and indignity of the cross over his rightful dignity as the Son of God. “Why would the Son of God suffer under the consequences of humanity’s rebellion? Why not simply command stones to be bread and relieve the indignity? Why suffer such demeaning pain for such unworthy subjects?” It’s a valid question. The only answer to this question is grace (Titus 2:4-7).
Additionally, the second temptation has little to do with Jesus proving his sonship to Satan. Nor, is it about how we can trust God in a trial (although we can and do.) It was about the necessary obscurity of the Son of God. In obedience to the Father Jesus took on humanity and veiled his glory in order to take up the cross (Isaiah 53:2-3). Basically, “Why suffer the pain of the cross when you can reveal yourself as the Son of God in a (self-serving) display of your glory?” In this scene Jesus’ humility is beyond compare. The Son of God refused his rightful status in order to save men whose determination to exalt themselves above God had condemned them in the first place.
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