"And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the LORD thy God. And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season." (Luke 4:9-13)
What you just read there was a portion of the devil's tempting of Jesus. Satan actually quoted Old Testament scripture to the Word (Jesus) himself! Amazing! He quotes Psalm 91:11-12. Then, what Jesus replies with, as he says, "It is said," is our Saviour referring to Deuteronomy 6:16 where Moses is giving the Israelites verbal instructions on how to obey God and warns against disobedience. Moses only spoke the words contained in verses 10-25, yet Jesus recalled the sayings and replied to Satan using the words spoken in verse 16.
Now, if you look at Matthew's version of the temptation, when Jesus says in Luke 4:12, "It is said," in Matthew's account, Jesus says, "It is written." Now, neither account contradicts the other, because what Moses said was written down, so no matter whether Jesus said "It is said," or "It is written," what matters are the words.
Did you know that ALL scripture is inspired by God? If not or you were never sure, go to 2 Timothy 3:16:
"ALL scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness."
Notice that the verse says all scripture is inspired, not just some or a few or portions, but ALL! Now that we know that scripture are inspired by God, he tells us that they are holy as well. Look at verse 15, "And that from a child thou hast known the HOLY scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus."
Paul wrote that to Timothy most likely three decades after Jesus was here, putting it around the 60's A.D. There is a verse that mirrors verse 15 in the Gospel of John. Go to John 5:39, "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." Jesus was telling the Jews that they search the scriptures to find eternal life in the writings of them, but the REAL eternal life was revealed through the very same scriptures in Jesus Christ! Look at verse 46, "For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me."
All the way back to Moses, God's Word contained the revelation of Jesus Christ and was carried through the prophets and the psalms. Just look at what Jesus said in Luke 24:44:
"And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me." Now look at the next immediate verse, "Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures."
Then we have the tremendous journey of the two men going to Emmaus, where Jesus appears among them and actually travels alongside them and as Luke 24:27 says, "Beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself." A few verses later, the two men say this to each other:
"Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?" This is the power of the scriptures; the true, preserved Word of God in the King James Version Bible! I am aware that the translation issue is a touchy subject, but it is a pivotal one and must be addressed!
So the point of this article is to show that if Satan of all beings can know scripture...SO CAN YOU! There are numerous scriptures, some of which where Jesus talks about reading the Word of God, that tell us we should read the Bible and that it is only from the Word that we get true understanding. Here is a list for you to look at:
Matthew 21:42; 22:29
Acts 17:2, 11; 18:24-28
Romans 15:4; 16:25-26
1 Corinthians 15:3-4
2 Corinthians 2:17
2 Timothy 4:1-5
2 Peter 1:20-21; 3:16-17
So you see, by reading the Bible (as often as we can) we get understanding and they give us patience and comfort (Romans 15:4) which is something we are in great need of these days! When we examine scripture through the eyes of Paul for example in 1 Corinthians 15:3-11, he does the most effective preaching that we can apply when we preach the gospel of Christ. In verse 3 he plainly says that the gospel of Christ that he received (by revelation from Jesus himself, not from man) he took to the Corinthians which they received, which is that Christ died for our sins ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES.
And in verse 4 he continues to lay out the gospel by adding that Christ was buried and rose again the third day ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES.
THAT is the gospel message! Then in verses 5-7, he gives a list of all the people that saw Jesus after his resurrection. Then in verse 8 comes his testimony, "And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time." This is a classic example for use in anyone's preaching, that you can give the gospel of Christ to an unsaved person, then hit them with your testimony so they can see how Jesus has affected your life. And that is all you can do, is give the gospel message then the Holy Spirit comes and works on that person until they finally decide to accept or reject Jesus as their Saviour!
And Paul was never ashamed of the gospel of Christ (Romans 1:16) either, nor should ANY born again believer! Notice too though how Paul defines the gospel of Christ:
"...for it IS the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth."
THIS IS the ONLY true gospel, for the 4 gospels in the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) only serve to reveal Jesus to us as the ONLY true Saviour!
So let me conclude with this: don't let the devil know more scripture than you. We have scripture to use to chase him away with, so use it! I know it is easy for me to say, but it is important for ALL of us believers to read the Bible and apply its teachings to our lives daily!
"Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15)