Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Indeed, has God said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden'?" (GENESIS 3:1 NASB)
Jesus Christ our Lord was tempted by the devil. In fact the devil used scripture against Jesus; for the purpose of destroying the truth of God’s Word which Jesus Christ was standing upon (Matthew 4:1-11). In this particular text, the argument between thesis and antithesis can be observed. The truth of Jesus Christ prevailed, and will always over antithesis. Let’s see what antithesis is so we may know how the Spirit fights against it.
Antithesis is, according to Hegel, the negation of the thesis, a reaction to the proposition. Antithesis also contradicts the thesis, and tries to lead the thesis into what is called synthesis (we will discuss this term later). Antithesis is opposed to the truth. You see this in the serpent’s words when speaking to Eve in Genesis 3:1. Antithesis will always be and is against the Truth of the bible. It is fleshly thinking; a hater of God and His Word.
Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. (Romans 8:7)
How do you fight against this! How do you think biblically against an enemy that opposes truth and doesn’t want you to think in such a way? By the Lord Jesus Christ, this enemy is defeated. Here are some of the ways Christ defeats this antithesis enemy by the Word of God.
1 – Responding with the Word of God – Luke 4:1-13
2 – Respond with a question of wisdom (question antithesis) – Mark 11:27-33
3 – When tempted or necessary, answer not – Proverbs 26:4, John 8:6, 19:9
4 – Listen first to the accusation to gain wisdom – Proverbs 18:13, John 8:6-9,
5 – Question by pointing out the foolishness of the antithesis – Luke 10:25-37, 41;
John 3:10-12, Galatians 3:1
6 – Let Christ work in your life prove them wrong – John 18:19-23, 1 Peter 4:12-19