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The act of putting a quality of man to the test, specifically his life with and toward God. Purposes, acc. to the Bible: 1. God aims to make man's need of God clear and drive man to God as source of spiritual life (1 Co 10:13); 2. Devil, world, and flesh aim to loosen man's grasp on God and plunge man into thoughts and acts contrary to his life in and for God (Ja 1:13–15; 4:1–5), but God can use also these tests for His purpose (Jb 1–42). The alert Christian will in soberness and patience recognize the struggle in his life bet. the forces of God and those of sin and will value every reminder to strengthen his spiritual life and grow in grace (Ph 2–3; 1 Th 5; 1 Ptr 5). RRC

R. R. Caemmerer, “Temptation,” The Abiding Word, II, ed. T. Laetsch (St. Louis, 1947), 171–199.

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