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James 1.13-12 | Seven Step Progression of Temptation

Speaker: Pat Buttes | Category: Bible Study

In this study we go from trial to temptation. Why? Apparently both of our English words for trial and temptation are the same word in Greek. We call this a homonym in English. This caused confusion to some Jewish believers who felt if God would test you then He would also tempt you. James response was that this was spiritual nonsense! After he makes his point then James teaches what is really behind the temptations all people face.


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James 1:13–18 (Listen)

13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

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