A Sinless Life
What testimony is borne
concerning Christs life on earth?
He committed no sin,
and no deceit was found in his mouth. 1
What is true of all other
members of the human family?
For all have sinned
and fall short of the glory of God. Romans
With what question did
Christ challenge His enemies?
Can any of you
prove me guilty of sin! If I am telling the
truth, why dont you believe me?
Christs Humanity And
To what extent was Christ
For we do not have a
high priest who is unable to sympathize with our
weaknesses, but we have one who has been
tempted in every way, just as we are
yet without sin.
In His humility, of what
nature did Christ partake?
Since the children
have flesh and blood, he too shared in
their humility so that by his death he might
destroy him who holds the power of death
that is, the devil. Hebrews 2:14.
How fully did Christ share our
For this reason he had
to be made like his brothers in every way,
in order that he might become a merciful and
faithful high priest in service to God, and that
he might make atonement for the sins of the
people. Verse 17.
Note Jesus Christ is
both the Son of God and Son of Man. As a member
of the human family it behooved him to be
like unto his brethren -In the
likeness of sinful flesh. Just how far that
likeness goes is a mystery of the
incarnation which men have never been able to
solve. The Bible clearly teaches that Christ was
tempted in all points like we are.
Such temptation must necessarily include the
possibility of sinning; but Christ was without
sin. There is no Bible support for the teaching
that the mother of Christ, by an immaculate
conception, was cut off from the sinful
inheritance of the race, and therefore her divine
Son was incapable of sinning. Concerning this
false doctrine Dean F.W. Farrar has well said:
Some in a zeal at once
intemperate and ignorant have claimed for Him not
only an actual sinlessness but a nature to which
sin was divinely and miraculously impossible.
What then? If His great conflict were a mere
deceptive phantasmagoria, how can the narrative
of it profit us? If we have to fight the battle
clad in that armor of human freewill, what
comfort is it to us if our great Captain fought
not only victoriously, but without real danger;
not only uninjured, but without even the
possibility of a wound? Let us beware of
contradicting the express teaching of the
Scriptures, by a supposition that He was not
liable to real temptation. The
Life of Christ (1883 ed), Vol.1, p. 57.
The word phantasmagoria means
to rapidly changing series of things seen or
imagined, as the figures or events of a dream.
Gods Demonstration Of Victory
Where did God, in Christ,
condemn sin and gain the victory for us over
temptation and sin?
For what the law was
powerless to do in that it was weakened by the
sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son
in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin
offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful
man. Romans 8:3.
Note God in Christ,
condemned sin, not by pronouncing against it
merely as a judge sitting in the judgment seat,
but by coming and living in the flesh, and
yet without sinning. In Christ, He demonstrated
that it is possible, by His grace and power, to
resist temptation, overcome sin, and live a
sinless life in the flesh.
By whose power did Christ live
the perfect life?
believe that I am in the Father, and the Father
is in me? The words I say to you are not
just my own. Rather, it is the Father,
living in me, who is doing his work.
Note In His
humanity Christ was as dependent upon divine
power to do the works of God, as is any man to do
the same thing. He employed no means to live a
holy life that are not available to every human
being. Through Him, everyone may have God
dwelling in him and working in him to will
and to do of his good pleasure. (1 John
4:15; Philippians 2:13.)
What unselfish purpose did
Jesus ever have before Him?
For I have come
down from heaven not to do my will but to
do the will of him who sent me. John