Matthew 4

Matthew 4:3

And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”

(a) The tempter. God will never tempt you to evil (Jas. 1:13), so those who would tempt you are doing the work of the tempter (i.e., the devil; 1 Th. 3:5).

(b) These stones. The stones represent the law. The tempter will tempt you to find your sustenance through the law. If he can get you to rely on your law-keeping performance, you will have fallen from grace and cut yourself off from Christ (see entry for Gal. 5:4).

Matthew 4:17

From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Repent. To repent means to change your mind. In context, it means changing your mind about Christ and the goodness of God (Rom. 2:4). “Change your unbelieving mind and believe the glad tidings of the kingdom that has come.” See entry for Repentance.

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