The Sinlessness of christ

Part 7

I. The testimony to Christ’s sinlessness

a. Evidence present by Christ Himself

John 8:46 (NASB) “Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me? 

John 8:29 (NASB) “And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.”  

John 15:10 (NASB) “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.  

b. Evidence presented by unbelievers

Matthew 22:15 (NASB) Then the Pharisees went and plotted together how they might trap Him in what He said.  

  1. Pilate

Matthew 27:24 (NASB) When Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing, but rather that a riot was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this Man’s blood; see to that yourselves.”  

Luke 23:14 (NASB) and said to them, “You brought this man to me as one who incites the people to rebellion, and behold, having examined Him before you, I have found no guilt in this man regarding the charges which you make against Him.  

Luke 23:22 (NASB) And he said to them the third time, “Why, what evil has this man done? I have found in Him no guilt demanding death; therefore I will punish Him and release Him.”  

John 8:38 (NASB) “I speak the things which I have seen with My Father; therefore you also do the things which you heard from your father.”  

John 19:4 (NASB) Pilate came out again and said* to them, “Behold, I am bringing Him out to you so that you may know that I find no guilt in Him.”  

John 19:6 (NASB) So when the chief priests and the officers saw Him, they cried out saying, “Crucify, crucify!” Pilate said* to them, “Take Him yourselves and crucify Him, for I find no guilt in Him.”  

2. Herod Antipas

Luke 23:14-15 (NASB) 14 and said to them, “You brought this man to me as one who incites the people to rebellion, and behold, having examined Him before you, I have found no guilt in this man regarding the charges which you make against Him.  15 “No, nor has Herod, for he sent Him back to us; and behold, nothing deserving death has been done by Him.  

3. Judas

Matthew 27:4 (NASB) saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” 

4. The repentant thief

Luke 23:41 (NASB) “And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.”  

5. The Roman Centurion

Matthew 27:54 (NASB) Now the centurion, and those who were with him keeping guard over Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and the things that were happening, became very frightened and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”  

c. Evidence presented by the apostles

  1. Paul

2 Corinthians 5:21 (NASB) He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.   

2. John

1 John 3:5 (NASB) You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin. 

3. Peter

1 Peter 2:22 (NASB) who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in his mouth;  

1 Peter 1:19 (NASB) but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. 

d. Evidence presented by other scripture writers

  1. Luke

Luke 1:35 (NASB) The angel answered and said to her, “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.  

2. The writer of Hebrews

Hebrews 4:15 (NASB) 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. 

Hebrews 7:2 (NASB) to whom also Abraham apportioned a tenth part of all the spoils, was first of all, by the translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then also king of Salem, which is king of peace.  

Hebrews 7:27 (NASB) who does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people, because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.  

Then there is also

3. Testimony from silence

II. The nature of Christ’s temptations

a. The debate over peccability and impeccability

b. The argument for peccability

Hebrews 4:15 (NASB) 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.  

c. The argument for impeccability

Acts 15:10 (NASB) “Now therefore why do you put God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear?  

1 Corinthians 10:9 (NASB) Nor let us try the Lord, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the serpents.  

Hebrews 3:9 (NASB) Where your fathers tried Me by testing Me,  And saw My works for forty years. 

Acts 5:9 (NASB) Then Peter said to her, “Why is it that you have agreed together to put the Spirit of the Lord to the test? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out as well.”  

Matthew 4:1 (NASB) Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 

James 1:13  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.

III. The temptation of Christ

a. Observations concerning His temptation

Hebrews 4:15 (NASB) 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.  

1 John 2:16  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.

Matthew 4:6 (NASB) and said* to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will command His angels concerning You’; and ‘On their hands they will bear You up, So that you will not strike Your foot against a stone .’ ” 

Matthew 4:6 (NASB) and said* to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will command His angels concerning You’; and ‘On their hands they will bear You up, So that you will not strike Your foot against a stone .’ ” 

Matthew 4:8-9 (NASB) 8 Again, the devil took* Him to a very high mountain and showed* Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; 9 and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.” 

b. Conclusions from Christ’s temptations

  1. His Immutability

Hebrews 13:8  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

2. His Omnipotence

3. His Deity

4. His Obedience

John 6:38 (NASB) “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.  

5. His authority

John 10:18 (NASB) “No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.”  

Luke 4:1 (NASB) Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led around by the Spirit in the wilderness 

2 Corinthians 10:5 (NASB) We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 

Hebrews 4:15 (NASB) 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. 

Hebrews 4:16 (NASB) 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. 

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