Monday, November 29, 2021

Could Jesus Have Sinned If He Had Chosen To? (Part 1)

The answer to the question posed in the post title has been debated since Jesus ascended back into heaven more than two-thousand years ago. Was Jesus capable of sinning, but didn't? Could Jesus be tempted? Was Jesus so powerful (since He was God in the flesh), that He simply resisted the temptation to sin?

The answer to this question is very clear, but it takes an open mind and an open spirit to see it clearly. The answer to the question clearly seen also further sets Jesus apart as the only One who was qualified to bear the sins of all humanity. No other person could have ever been qualified to complete the task. No other cult or religion can claim this. Jesus, only Jesus!

So what is the answer? The answer is no. Jesus could not have sinned for one very powerful reason. He had NO sin nature. It is the fact that Jesus had no sin nature within Himself that sets Him apart from any and every so-called savior, leader, priest, profit, etc. Jesus was the only human being ever to be born of a virgin and born of God. You and I were born of the seed of fallen man. But Jesus was literally born of God who is incapable of sinning!

Here's how it happened. The angel Gabriel appeared to the virgin Mary and told her three things:

  1. You are going to get pregnant.
  2. You will have a son.
  3. You will call His name Jesus (Jehovah who saves).

He continues to tell Mary some very spectacular things about the Son she will bear. And at one point Mary asks Gabriel a very legitimate question. "How can this be, since I am a virgin?" (Luke 1:34) Gabe answers, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God." (Luke 1:35) I hope you caught that. For that reason (because the Holy Spirit will come upon you Mary, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you), the Holy Child will be called The Son of God! When Jesus was born, He was literally born of God, not fallen man.

If you could've held Jesus as an infant, you would've been holding the Son of God. If you would have seen Jesus playing outside in the yard as a child, you would've seen the Son of God playing in the yard. If you would've seen Jesus walking through Nazareth as a young man, yes, you would have literally seen God's only Son. Again, He was literally born of God because He was conceived not of the fallen seed of man, but by the Spirit of God. Therefore it was impossible for Jesus to have been born with a sin nature like yours and mine. Jesus is called the only begotten Son of God for a very legitimate reason; He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, not man; and born of God, not man.

Because of God's plan to send His Son the way He did, Jesus was the spotless, unblemished Lamb of God who has taken away the sins of the world. Our part is of course, to believe, surrender to Him, and become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus!

Let me share something else with you that substantiates the sinless nature of God and hence, proves that Jesus could not sin. James presents it like this, "Let no one say when he is tempted, 'I am being tempted by God'; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death." (James 1:13-15) (Underline added.)

Jesus cannot be tempted because He has no lust within Himself. It would be possible for Jesus to sin ONLY if He was born with a sin nature like yours and mine. But He wasn't. He was born of God. If Jesus could have sinned had He chose to, then our righteousness in Him would be fallible. But He couldn't sin, and didn't, because it wasn't in Him! He is truly incredible! There is none like Him. "And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)

The reason it is difficult for some folks to believe Jesus could not sin is because that perception is made through the fallen nature, not by faith. In other words, it's hard for me to imagine myself or any other human without a sin nature, because I was born in sin. But by faith I can believe and embrace the truth that a sinless Savior, born of the Spirit, bore my sins on the cross, making me God's righteousness.

Then there is the passage in Hebrews. "Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:14-16) (Underline added.) How do we deal with that? I will cover this passage in my next post.

I'll close for now simply saying that Jesus was sinless for a reason. But He was also unique. There was no one else like Him. As the only begotten Son of God, the original Greek says that He was the unique, the only One of His kind. Not sure about you, but that's my Savior, Jesus!

Could Jesus Have Sinned If He Had Chosen To? (Part 2)

In my previous post I focused on the fact that Jesus had no sin nature. If He had no sin nature, He could not sin. That qualified Him to be offered without spot or blemish for the sins of all mankind. John the Baptist said of Him, "Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29) Just five verses later he said, "I myself have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God." (John 1:35)

For Jesus to literally be the Son of God, He had to be born of God. In Luke Chapter 1 the angel Gabriel appears to the virgin Mary and announced she would bear God's Son.  Mary asked how this would be possible since she was a virgin. Gabriel told her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you."(Verse 35.) It would be supernatural. The word "overshadow" in the original language means "to envelop in a haze of brilliancy." So when the Holy Spirit came upon the virgin Mary, she was enveloped in a cloud of God's glory! She supernaturally became with child by the Holy Spirit. By the way, the same word is used in Matthew 17 during Jesus' supernatural transfiguration on the mountain. It says that a cloud "overshadowed" Jesus, Peter, James, and John. It was then that Jesus was revealed in His glorified state to Peter, James, and John, while enveloped in a haze of brilliancy. Whenever and wherever the Holy Spirit comes, and the power of the Most High overshadows, things happen and things change!

If Jesus had no sin nature, and couldn't sin, why was He tempted? "For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin." (Heb. 4:15) (Underline added) According to this Scripture, Jesus was "tempted in all things". We must understand the word tempted to understand this Scripture. Here's what it means from the original language: to test (objectively), that is, endeavor, scrutinize, entice, discipline: - assay, examine, go about, prove, tempt (-er), try. We can see that Jesus had to be scrutinized, tested, disciplined, tried and proved as he was prepared for His ministry. Why? "Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation..." (Hebrews 5:8-9)

How was Jesus tempted or tested? How was He proven and scrutinized? First by laying aside all of His privileges and becoming a human. (See Philippians Chapter 2) God the Son, the second person of the trinity had to become the only begotten Son of God, born of the Spirit, and born of a virgin, in order to relate to fallen humanity. He had to experience humanity in order to bear the sins of humanity. But unlike all of humanity, Jesus was born from above and had no sin nature. But there had to be more.

Jesus lived on the earth for 30 years without performing one single miracle. The Bible doesn't record Jesus ministering to anyone, not once during His first 30 years. But when He was baptized by John the Baptist, He was also baptized in the Holy Spirit. "After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him," (Mark 3:16) It was then that Jesus was endued with power from on high to carry out His mission on earth. From there, Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted (same Greek word) by the devil.

This is where it gets very interesting. Jesus was indeed tempted or tested by the devil in the wilderness. But how did he do it? The devil attempted to do what he did to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. He attempted to twist and pervert God's Words in an effort to deceive Jesus. Adam and Even had no sin nature until AFTER they disobeyed God. Having the knowledge of good and evil as result of being deceived and disobeying God caused sin to enter in and humanity to fall. The devil knew he couldn't entice them through the lust of the flesh, because it wasn't in their nature. So he deceived them. "When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate." (Genesis 3:6) It wasn't until after the serpent deceived Eve into believing that the forbidden fruit was good, delightful, and desirable for wisdom that she disobeyed God's rule. The serpent's twisting of God's command by deception caused both Adam and Eve to directly disobey God and suffer the consequences. They never lusted after or craved the forbidden fruit until the serpent lied to them, causing them to change the way they saw the fruit. That was the power of deception, and that is the enemy's most powerful weapon he launches against God's people.

The serpent might have been "crafty" as the Word says, but his craftiness was no match for the infinite wisdom of a power-endued Jesus in the wilderness. Every time he tried to twist, pervert, and misapply God's Words, Jesus countered and overcame with the true, accurate proclamation of the Word. Jesus could not be outwitted and outsmarted because He was the Living Word of God who became flesh and dwelt among us! (See John Chapter One.) When the devil saw that his attempts were futile, he gave up and left. It was at this time that Jesus launched forth into His ministry. This is how Jesus was tried, proved, scrutinized, and tempted in the wilderness.

The wilderness experience was God's plan to scrutinize and test Jesus before launching into Him into the ministry that would change the world. The devil being the opportunist that he is, showed up to twist and pervert God's Word in an effort to deceive. But Jesus overcame every lie satan launched at Him by quoting the purity of the Word of God. Unlike Adam and Eve, Jesus could not be deceived! When the devil was unsuccessful he left. "When the devil had finished every temptation, he left Him until an opportune time. And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district. And He began teaching in their synagogues and was praised by all." (Luke 4:13-15)

Jesus had to be made in the likeness of humanity in order to be a merciful and faithful high priest unto God in our behalf. He had to be human in order to satisfy the charges of guilt held against us since the day Adam and Eve fell. But He had to be sinless, not only by action, but by nature. That is what qualifies Him to take upon Himself your sins and my sins. This is what substantiates Jesus as the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and gives significance to the way He came to the earth. No one else has come like Jesus. And His is the only name, under heaven, by which we must be saved. There is none other! (See Acts 4:12)

Jesus never struggled with lust after women (or anything else) while He was on earth. He never had to fight the desire to steal money from the money bag Judas supposedly cared for. Jesus never struggled with pride and the desire for power or fame. He never became jealous, not once. Why? Because it was not in His nature to do those things. He had NO sin nature. Remember, Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit as the power of the Most High God overshadowed the Virgin Mary. He was literally born of God. Jesus was God in the flesh, and God cannot be tempted to sin.

We are tempted when we are drawn away by our own lust. (See James 1:13-15) That is why we must constantly be in the transforming process as we renew our minds with God's Word. If you know God's Word, you cannot be deceived. If you apply the Word of God to area area of your life, you will always (with God supernatural help) be aware of his evil schemes. There is absolutely no reason for God's people to be deceived. God has given us His powerful Word, the same Word Jesus obliterated satan's attempt to deceive Him in the wilderness.

With all the above said, my prayer is that you see that our Savior, Jesus, was infinitely more than a human being, sent by God, who was God, and because of His supernatural strength, simply resisted the temptation. Yes He was God in flesh, but He was literally born of God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit. He was literally the only begotten Son of God. He literally had no sin nature. He was truly the spotless, unblemished Lamb of God who has taken away all the sins of the world! Jesus, only Jesus! What a Savior!

Monday, October 11, 2021

Conditioned To Seek God - (3)

The series continues as we look at God's response to the prayer and confessions of faith launched heavenward by Jehoshaphat and all of Judah as they came together to seek God for miraculous deliverance from their enemies. Please subscribe to my Channel. Thank you!

Monday, October 4, 2021

Have You Noticed, This World Is Not Perfect?

You have probably noticed, the world we live in is not perfect. Truly, I thank God for the breath of life given to me in this world, at this time, but I still live in a very imperfect world. When I hear of continuous, cold-blooded murders in the cities, and see the fires burning out of control in the west; when I see the homeless vying for a place to sleep under a bridge, or think of the thousands of innocent babies murdered every day; or when a family member or close friend dies of covid, it all doesn't let me forget how flawed our world is. I could write volumes about how bad the world we live in is.

Recently God simply reminded me of why the world is so imperfect. satan. The world God created (as outlined in Genesis 1 and 2) was a perfect world. "God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day." (Genesis 1:31) Everything in the Garden of Eden was very good and perfect. Man lacked absolutely nothing. God's intention for mankind after Eve was created was for them to be fruitful and multiply, fill and subdue the earth. I don't have a problem believing that outside Adam and Even's realm was an area still "without form and void". God's plan was for Adam and Even to extend Eden (as they were to be fruitful and multiply) until it covered the whole earth. Through the perfectly created realm of Eden, the glory of God would fill the whole earth! But as one can learn from Genesis 3, the serpent (the devil) temporarily thwarted that plan.

I won't go into much detail because I'm sure most everyone is familiar with the event from Genesis chapters 1-3. "The LORD God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed. Out of the ground the LORD God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil." (Genesis 2:8-9) God had placed Adam, and later Eve, in a perfect environment with only one rule: "The LORD God commanded the man, saying, 'From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die." (Genesis 2:16-17)

God's rule was not to hinder Adam and Eve, but to teach them obedience. Obedience can be learned only when a choice is given. God gave them a choice and clearly outlined the consequences if the wrong choice was made. Unfortunately, they were deceived by satan (in the form of a serpent) into making the wrong choice and they suffered for it. As a matter of fact, all of mankind has suffered for the choice they made eons ago.

So as God reminded me of the sole cause of our fallen world I got angry. When you see the broken and destitute, blame satan. When you cry for the unborn innocent, get angry at satan. When your loved one is ravaged by covid, give ALL the credit to only one...satan. When your husband is bound tightly to porn, there is only one to blame...the devil himself! And on the other hand, thank God that Jesus came over 2,000 years ago to seek and to save "that" which was lost! (See Luke 19:10) Be grateful to God Jesus took upon Himself ALL of the sin that entered into our realm and caused it to fall, when He hung on the cross. Thank Jesus that He broke the power of sin over those who will surrender to Him. Be grateful that when Jesus broke the power of sin, He broke the power of death, sickness, disease, pain, and suffering over all of mankind. Adam and Eve, you and I also have a choice to receive or reject Jesus, who came to redeem us from the pit of this fallen world.

Agree with me, or disagree with me. But salvation is not offered to you and me just so we can go to heaven. Yes, that will be great. But God wants you here, in a relationship with Jesus, quite frankly, to work through you in supernatural ways to bring eternal freedom to those who have yet to meet Jesus. God wants you to create vacancies in hell for those folks. Who are they? Just look around at our fallen world. You won't miss them. Get angry at the one who caused it all. And never forget, Jesus has given His church authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy...and nothing shall by any means injure you! (See Luke 10:19)