To make trial of, Luke 10:25, and usually to present inducements to sin. Satan is the great tempter, seeking thus most effectually to destroy menís souls, 1 Chronicles 21:1 Job 1:1-2:13 Matthew 4:1 1 Thessalonians 3:5. Men are also led into sin by their own evil inclinations and by other men, James 1:14-15. God, being holy and desirous of menís holiness, does not thus tempt them, James 1:13; but he makes trial of them, to prove, exercise, and establish their graces, Genesis 22:1 James 1:2-3. Christ stands ready to support his people under any possible temptation, 1 Corinthians 10:13 Hebrews 2:18 4:15 2 Peter 2:19. Yet they are not to rush into temptation unbidden, Luke 11:4. Men tempt God by presumptuously experimenting on his providence or his grace, or by distrusting him, Exodus 17:2,7 Isaiah 7:12 Matthew 4:7 Acts 5:9 15:10. Sore afflictions are often called temptations or trials, as they are frequently the occasion of sin, Matthew 6:13 Luke 8:13 22:28 James 1:12 1 Peter 1:6,7.
Christ, at the outset of his public ministry, was violently assailed by the tempter, who thus displayed his effrontery and his blindness, hoping perhaps that the human soul of the Redeemer would be left unaided by his divinity, Matthew 4:1-25. The temptations are to be understood as real transactions, and not as visions. The tempter was baffled, and left him for a season, to meet a like rebuff on every future assault, Luke 4:13 22:53 John 14:30. The Savior triumphed, and paradise was regained.