Separation by Testing and trial. (Part 4)
In the New Testament the same principle of trials and tests applies. Peirazo is a Greek word translated as; tempt, try, tempter, prove, assay, examine, go about in the A V. Strong’s goes on to add:
1) to try whether a thing can be done
1a) to attempt, endeavour
2) to try, make trial of, test: for the purpose of ascertaining his quantity, or what he thinks, or how he will behave himself
2a) in a good sense
2b) in a bad sense, to test one maliciously, craftily to put to the proof his feelings or judgments
2c) to try or test one’s faith, virtue, character, by enticement to sin
2c1) to solicit to sin, to tempt
1c1a) of the temptations of the devil
2d) after the OT usage
2d1) of God: to inflict evils upon one in order to prove his character and the steadfastness of his faith
2d2) men are said to tempt God by exhibitions of distrust, as though they wished to try whether he is not justly distrusted
2d3) by impious or wicked conduct to test God’s justice and patience and to challenge him, as it were to give proof of his perfections.
When this word is looked at through its use in scripture the same picture emerges.
Matthew 22:18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? Our Lord Jesus was tried and tested. It is often a twisting of the truth that results in our trial. The devil quoted scripture to Jesus when he tested him: “Hath God said?”
John 6:6 And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do. The same God that proved the faith of men by trial is active in the New Testament. Here poor Philip is put to the test; he knew that Jesus was able to feed the multitude but could he live it? Philip was the one you remember who had had a revelation of who Jesus was and had led Nathaniel to the Christ.
1 Corinthians 7:5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency. Here the word is used of the trial that is administered by Satan. As in many places in the bible Satan is the one used by God to administer the test. Have you considered my servant Job?
1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. Thank God for this assurance. There are many days when I feel I have had enough and when I could easily take the initiative and end the trial that I remember that I am not in charge, God is the boss.
2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? It is not enough to assume that you are in the faith we as believers have to examine ourselves and test our faith in the light of circumstances and practice. The trial that we are experiencing is an aid to help us to know where we are; a lever to pry our deceptive heart from its rock.