So many thoughts going through my head so I want to just put the scripture out there for you then discuss my thoughts on it.
And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness 2 for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry. 3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” 4 And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.’” 5 And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, 6 and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. 7 If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” – Luke 4:1-7
Let’s look at the first part of this: Jesus was full of the Holy Spirit, just as we are<(Made new that way) upon conversion. He was led by the spirit, just as we should< (given the choice to follow) upon conversion. Then He was tempted by Satan himself. (Now let me give a disclaimer, my thoughts are my own, I say them at this point with the knowledge and discernment that I have at this moment so I may come back after reading scripture that contradicts my view and readjust my view.) I believe Jesus faced Satan incarnate during His time of temptation (it talks about Satan walking Jesus to a physical location) whereas our temptation is from Satan himself in presence but not physical incarnation.
Now the part that gets tricky and one I wrestle with all the time; Free Will or Predestination? And I won’t pretend to understand all of, or even most of the theological background for this timeless match but I will say this; I believe there are pieces of both and that they are supported throughout scripture (one of which is in this passage).
God in His sovereignty scripted and watches over His creation as time unfolds; nothing takes Him off guard. So clearly that means He knows exactly all those from the beginning of time to its end those who are His and those who are not? Well yes. So I’m saying that it is predestined? Sort of. God knows, controls, planned everything out before the Earth was made. He controls every aspect of it with an active approach as each day passes. But God, (I love those words) chose to give us free will. and that even in our foolishness He still chooses us to be His. Not that He makes us be His but that we have a choice. Look at this example:
5 And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, 6 and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. 7 If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.”
Satan is giving Jesus a proposition, a choice, one that many of us might take him up on. “I will give you dominion over all this,” but Jesus knew that His eternal dominion and reign with God the Father was far greater than the Earth and all that will pass away. But as I read this I was astounded that Jesus was given a choice, He was always given a choice, but He chose to glorify God and save all humanity.
Oh what a savior.
No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. – John 10:18