Topic 006 – Can Jesus be Tempted?

There’s a lot of controversy about the temptation of Jesus by Satan in the desert. In today’s podcast Tok will answer my question to him about the temptation of Jesus. Can Jesus be tempted? Tok discusses the temptation, and he’ll address the authority under which Jesus operated while He was here on Earth.

Related Podcast: Topic 005 – Did Mary give birth to God?

Related Scripture:

  • Matthew 4:1-3 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. [2] And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. [3] Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
  • James 1:13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.
  • Deuteronomy 8:3 “So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every [word] that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD.
  • John 14:12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater [works] than these he will do, because I go to My Father.
  • Philippians 2:5-8 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, [6] who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, [7] but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, [and] coming in the likeness of men. [8] And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to [the point of] death, even the death of the cross.

 

Topic 005 – Did Mary give birth to God?

There are many confusing statements and perceptions about who Jesus is. There’s the Nicene Creed that declares “God from God.” There’s the often-used phrase, “Jesus – 100% God and 100% man.” And the belief and teaching of other who state that Mary is the mother of God. Did Mary give birth to God?

And if that’s all true, what does it mean in John 14:12, in which Jesus indicates that we will do even greater works than He did? How is that possible?

In this podcast, Tok explains all this from the Scriptures, and talks about what the title “Son of God” means.

Related BibleTok podcast: Topic 002 – Christian Cliches, and is Jesus God?

Scripture references (NKJV):

  • Hebrews 1:5 For to which of the angels did He ever say: “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You”? And again: “I will be to Him a Father, And He shall be to Me a Son”?
  • Psalm 2:7 “I will declare the decree: The LORD has said to Me, ‘You [are] My Son, Today I have begotten You.
  • 2 Samuel 7:14 “I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the blows of the sons of men.
  • John 8:58-59 Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” [59] Then they took up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.
  •  Isaiah 61 [Entire chapter]
  • Luke 4:1 Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
  • John 14:12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater [works] than these he will do, because I go to My Father.

 

Topic 004 – What was God doing Before Creation?

This topic is involves a question that eventually everyone asks, and it typically comes up as a person begins a study of Genesis: What was God doing before Creation?

How far back can you go?

Can we know what was happening before Creation? Before angels or the galaxies were created? What was God doing? What was He doing to come up with His plan for Creation, the Worlds, and Redemption?

Scripture references:

  • Gen 1:26-27
  • Ezek 28
  • Gen 1:2

Topic 003 – How Long was the Ministry of Jesus?

There have been many estimates of how long Jesus’ Earthly ministry was. Some say it was three years. Most say three and one half. Today Tok will explain why both are likely wrong, and gives us insights into the most likely answer – how long was the ministry of Jesus: four years!

Scripture references:

  • Exodus 12:3-6 NKJV – [3] “Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: ‘On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb,… [6] ‘Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight.
  • Luke 13:6-9 NKJV – [6] He also spoke this parable: “A certain [man] had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. [7] “Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?’ [8] “But he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize [it]. [9] ‘And if it bears fruit, [well]. But if not, after that you can cut it down.’ “
  • Mark 11:12-21 NKJV – [12] Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry. [13] And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. [14] In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” And His disciples heard [it]. … [19] When evening had come, He went out of the city. [20] Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. [21] And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.”

Topic 002 – Christian Cliches, and is Jesus God?

In this topic Tok discusses his concern with Christian use of man-made phrases (Christian cliches), such as “Once Saved, Always Saved.” After addressing that, Tok moves on to another common phrase – “Jesus is 100% man and 100% God.”

If Jesus is God on Earth, did He perform His miracles in the power of “I AM?” And if that’s so, how does Jesus expect us to do even greater works than His?

Bible verses referenced in this segment:

  • John 8:58-59 NKJV – [58] Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” [59] Then they took up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.
  • 1 Timothy 3:16 NKJV – [16] And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.
  • John 14:12 NKJV – [12] “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater [works] than these he will do, because I go to My Father.
  • Ephesians 6:12 NKJV – [12] For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual [hosts] of wickedness in the heavenly [places].
  • Acts 1:1 NKJV – [1] The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,

Interestingly, you will hear Tok (in his recounting of his prayers to God) describe God referring to Tok as “Shorty.” This is God’s endearing term for Tok.