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  Complete Victory
Jesus gains the victory where Adam fell."His right hand, and His holy arm, hath gotten Him the victory." Psalm 98:1.

Satan had failed to overcome Jesus in the first temptation. Now the devil carried Him to a pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him:—

“If thou be the Son of God, cast Thyself down; for it is written, He shall give His angels charge concerning thee; and in their hands they shall bear thee up lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.”

Here Satan followed the example of Christ in quoting Scripture. But Jesus knew that this promise was not given to those who willfully place themselves in the way of danger. Therefore He answered:—

“It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” Matthew 4:7.

The sin of presumption lies close beside the line of perfect faith and trust. We must have childlike faith, and trust in our heavenly Father; but we must not presume on His mercy.

To refuse to obey any of God’s requirements, and then claim that He is abundant in mercy, and will forgive, is presumption. God will forgive those who seek pardon and put away their transgression. But to continue in refusing to obey, and yet rely on God’s mercy for pardon, is presuming upon His forgiveness.

Satan next took Jesus to the top of a high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world. The sunlight lay on templed cities, marble palaces, fruitful fields and vineyards, gilding the dark cedars of Lebanon and the blue waters of Galilee. And Satan said:—

“All these things will I give Thee, if Thou wilt fall down and worship me.” Matthew 4:9.

Jesus viewed the scene for only a moment, and then turned resolutely from it. He would not dally with the temptation by even looking at it. The love of the world, the lust for power, and the pride of life were all embraced in this temptation. Anything that draws mankind from the worship of the true God has its example in this last great trial of the Saviour.

“Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan; for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and Him only shalt thou serve.” Matthew 4:10.

The indignation of Christ was aroused, and He exercised His divine authority in the words, “Get thee hence.” Satan had no power to withstand this command. He was obliged to go.

Writhing with baffled hate and rage, the rebel chief left the presence of the world’s Redeemer. The contest was ended. Christ’s victory was as complete as had been the failure of Adam.