TEMPTATION AND TRIUMPH

In reading the story of the temptation in the wilderness, as given in Matthew's Gospel, it is apparent that there were no witnesses to the colloquy between Jesus and Satan, and for this experience to be known it must have been related by Jesus to his disciples. Moreover, as there is no personal devil, Jesus must have used this form of speech to bring vividly to their thought a mental conflict.

The dialogue between Jesus and the devil presents the two opposing points of view,—the human policy of using individual power to subserve the ends of self-aggrandizement, and the spiritual discernment of all power as belonging to God, Spirit, Love, and of man as manifesting power because he expresses the Divine nature.

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