Children of God

29 Aug

I was reading Jesus the Christ for my studies this morning, about the temptations that Christ endured in the wilderness. One thing Elder Talmage points out is that when Jesus was born, He passed through the veil, just as we all did; He didn’t know all his life that He was to be the Messiah.

So when Satan tempted Him to turn the stones to bread (Matthew 4:3), Talmage writes:

there was temptation in Satan’s words even greater than that embodied in the suggestion that He provide food for His famishing body–the temptation to put to proof the possible doubt implied in the tempter’s “If”…. If thou be in reality the Son of God, demonstrate thy power…

As we are born, we forget who we really are. We come to a world where we all seem ordinary and average. But we are taught from the scriptures that we are children of God (Romans 8:16-17)–we are extraordinary, we are precious! Satan tempts each of us to deny or doubt who we really are, but, like Christ, our perfect exemplar, we must hold fast to the testimonies we receive. We were born with divine potential.

Christ’s answer to Satan’s temptation was clear. As Elder Talmage states, it was “sublime and positively final…. The devil was foiled; Christ was triumphant.” We too can be triumphant. We too can give the final answer as we trust in God and in our divine heritage.

The following is a video of President Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s testimony of who each of us really is. If you’re having any doubts, I hope this video can help you. I know that each time I watch it I feel, as described in Romans: “the Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God”.

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