ETERNAL LIFE (Part 2)
| It is important to note that the devil did not seize the authority and dominion from Adam by force but by craftiness. The same scheme he used against Adam was what he employed in the temptation of Christ in the wilderness, and that is what he still uses to trap men into slavery today.
And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give to thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.
Luke 4: 5-7
Sometimes, we are tempted to think that the devil by taking the authority and dominion from Adam won the battle in Eden. If he won the battle, why did he approach Christ to bow and worship him? If what he wanted was the authority and dominion that Adam had, why was he willing to give it all to Christ if He would bow and worship him? What he missed to get from the first Adam in Eden he came to take from the last Adam (Christ) in the wilderness.
In the same way the devil the deceiver came to the first man Adam in Eden, so also he came to the second man, the last Adam (Christ Jesus) in the wilderness. Just as the tempter politely and cunningly presented the issue of eating the fruit of knowledge of good and evil to Eve as if there was no harm in it, he also did to Christ.
This is the question the Lord asked me when I was meditating on this subject: If actually the only thing the devil was looking for was the authority and dominion Adam had, why did he offer Jesus the same thing if he was not looking for something else, something better and more glorious than what he had already gotten? If becoming the god and prince of this world was the devil’s ultimate desire, why was he willing to trade that with Christ if he had no ulterior motives? Remember, it was what he took from Adam that made him the god of this world, and do you think he was eager to trade it for nothing? No!
What do you think would have happened if Jesus had bowed to the Devil in the temptation at the Wilderness?