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Don Stewart :: What Common Ground Do Believers Have with Respect to Christ's Ability to Sin?

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Don Stewart

There is some common ground on which believers can agree with respect to the question of Jesus ability or non-ability to sin.

1. The Bible Is Silent On The Matter

The issue of Christ's ability or inability to sin is not something about which the Bible directly comments. It is silent on the matter. Therefore any solution to the question of what He could or could not do has to be decided upon the totality of the biblical teaching upon the subject.

2. Jesus Did Not Sin

Whether or not Jesus could have sinned, the Scriptures make it clear that He did not. All Christians agree on this fact. There is no question that Jesus went through His entire life without breaking God's law in any form.

3. Jesus Christ Had Two Natures

Jesus possessed a perfect human nature as well as a divine nature. He was a real human being and was fully divine.

4. His Temptation Was Genuine

The temptation that Jesus experienced was genuine. Scripture makes it clear that He actually was fully tested.

5. He Is Able To Sympathize With Believers

Because the temptations were genuine Jesus is able to sympathize with believers through their temptations.


There are a number of things that all believers can agree upon with respect to the temptations of Jesus. First, the Bible is silent on the matter - it does not tell us one way or the other. Second, whether of not could have sinned the evidence is that Jesus did not sin. Third, Christ had two natures - one human and one divine. Fourth, the temptations that he experienced were genuine. Finally, he is able to sympathize with believers because of his experience being tempted.

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