According to the Bible, Jesus Christ was God and also a human being. The Bible also says that all humans are sinners and have fallen short of the glory of God. This contradiction has led many Christians and non-Christians alike to ponder if Jesus sinned at any point in His life on Earth since He was a human. Many folks question whether Jesus was indeed sinless. So, did Jesus sin?
1st John 3:5 implies that Jesus Christ never sinned. He was indeed tempted like all humans, but He led a sinless life. It is crucial to understand that although Jesus of Nazareth was human, He was not born with the sinful nature that all humans are – He is God, therefore incapable of sinning, according to 2nd Corinthians 5:21.
How was Jesus human and remained free of sin? Did Jesus sin in thoughts? What Bible verses prove that Jesus was blameless of sin? If you have been pondering such questions as countless others, this post has been written to give you insight from the Bible. To learn the answers to these questions, continue reading.
How was Jesus human and still remained free of sin?
According to most Christian scholars and Theologians, Jesus was human and remained free of sin because He was God. God was human through Jesus Christ, and despite Christ being human, He did not cease to be God simultaneously. His oneness with God did not cease to exist during His humanity, as John 10:30 implies, saying, “My Father and I are one.” For this reason, Christ became “flesh” without any sin or sinful nature like us. 1st John 3:5, “You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in him, there is no sin,” alludes to the same.
Colossians 1:15 says, “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,” suggesting that this incarnation of God means that He took human nature but still maintained being God, uniting the divine and human in one Being, Christ. Since Christ was God in human nature, He was incapable of sinning, remaining blameless throughout His life.
John 8:46 also suggests that nobody could find Christ of any sin, even His enemies, by saying, “Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me?”
John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,” also suggests that Chris was God, making it impossible for Him to sin.
If Christ was a common human, then He would be a sinner as Romans 3:10 suggests, “As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one…” but because He is God, He couldn’t sin. The Early Church fathers would commonly say, “Without ceasing to be what He was, He became what He was not.”
Many suggest that if Christ was truly human, He could have sinned at one point in His life. However, scholars have argued that even Adam and Eve were humans and sinless until they decided to disobey God and invited sin into their hearts. So, according to scholars, it’s possible that Jesus lived His entire life sinless.
Theologians also add that because Christ came to the world as a sacrifice to die for our sins and save humankind, He had to be pure and blameless before God for His sacrifice to be accepted by God.
Did Jesus sin in thoughts?
Scriptures in the New Testament suggest that Jesus Christ never sinned in any way, neither in actions nor in thoughts, because He is God and sinless. The Scriptures and scholars have emphasized that sin is not in His nature because He is God. Colossians 1:19, which says, “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,” implies that God was in Christ; therefore, sin couldn’t dwell in Him. 2nd Corinthians 5:21 also suggests the sinless nature of Christ, “God made him who had no sin to be sin] for us so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
What Bible verses prove that Jesus was blameless of sin?
Some of the Bible verses that prove that Christ was sinless include;
1st John 3:5, “You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in Him, there is no sin.”
1st Peter 2:22, “He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth.”
Hebrews 4:15, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.”
Romans 8:3, “For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh.”
1st Peter 1:19, “But with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.”
Hebrews 9:14, “How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.”
Colossians 2:19, “For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily.”
Hebrews 7:26, “For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens.”
Romans 5:12, “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.”
These verses affirm the sinless nature of Jesus and His incapability to sin because He is God.
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