The Test
Genesis 2:15-17 “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, 'Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and blessing and calamity, you shall not eat: for in the day you eat of it you shall surely die.'”
Genesis 22:1 “After these things God tested Abraham…”
Genesis 22:12 “Now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.”
Faith & Obedience
Genesis 22:15 “…because you have done this, and have not withheld your only son from Me, I will greatly bless you and I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven and as the sand on the seashore. By your descendants shall all the nations be blessed and bless themselves, because you have heard and obeyed My voice.”
Hebrews 11:17
James l:12 “Blessed is the man who endures trial, for, becoming qualified, he will receive the crown/wreath of life which God has promised to those who love Him.”
II Corinthians 8:22 “We have sent with them our brother, whom we have often tested and found diligent in many things, but now even more diligent, because of his great confidence in you.”
I Timothy 3:10 “And let these also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons if they are beyond reproach.”
I Peter 1:7
Deuteronomy 8:2 “And you shall remember all the way which the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments, or not.”
I John 5:3 “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments.”
Matthew 4:1 “Then was Jesus led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.”
I John 5:19 “…the whole world is in the power of the evil one.”
II Corinthians 4:4 “…the god of this world.”
The world system under the power of Satan: an obstacle course for the Christian.
…drawing us toward disobedience?
I Corinthians 10:13 “God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
Revelation 2:7 “…To him who conquers (nikao) I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.”
Revelation 2:10 “…Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life… He who conquers (nikao) shall not be hurt by the second death.”
James 1:12, the “crown of life”: reward promised to those who love God.
Revelation 3:5 “He who conquers (nikao) shall be clad thus in white garments, and I will not blot his name out of the book of life.”
I John 5:3-5 “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments… for whatsoever is born of God overcomes (nikao) the world: and this is the victory that overcomes (nikao) the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcomes (nikao) the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God.”
Luke 20:34 “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage; but those who are accounted worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage, for they cannot die any more, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.”
Revelation 21:6-8 “…To the thirsty I will give from the fountain of the water of LIFE without payment. He who conquers (nikao) shall have this heritage and I will be his God and he shall be my son. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the polluted, as for murderers, fornicators, sorcerers, idolators, and all liars, their lot shall be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
I Peter 1:6-9 “…though now for a little while you may have to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold which though perishable is tested by fire, may redound to praise and honor and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ… As the outcome of your faith you obtain the salvation of your souls.”
I Peter 4:1 “Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same thought, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,”
I Peter 4:12-13 “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which comes upon you to prove you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice in so far as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when His glory is revealed.”
Romans 8:17 “…heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him.”
Romans 8:12 “…if you live according to the flesh you will/must die, But, if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”
Romans 8:7 “For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God's law, indeed it cannot; and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”
Revelation 14:12 “Here is the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.”