How did Jesus maintain an absolutely pure, sinless life during His 33 1/2 years in this world? Is it possible for anyone to reach such a victory over sin? The Bible says, YES. “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God) … Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:3–5).
Jesus had no advantage over people in being without sin. He fought the devil in the same nature and by the same spiritual weapons that God has given all. The Lord promised, “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19). If Jesus had any advantage over people it was simply that His inherent human nature was never polluted by personal sin. At the cross, Jesus proved to the universe that devil was wrong. He proved that it was possible, in the flesh, to be obedient through total dependence on the Father. He proved it is possible by God’s grace to be sinless.
The final vindication of God will take place when the character of Christ will be reproduced in the remnant or the 144,00 that remain faithful to the end. The Bible describes this group as follows: “These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth… for they are without fault before the throne of God” (Revelation 14:4,5).
The weapons of the battle with sin are available to all Christians through the ministry of angels (2 Corinthians 1:12; Ephesians 6:10–20). These weapons include truth as set forth in the Word of God (Hebrews 4:12), and the imparted power of Christ and the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:4). God calls His children to this war, equips them for battle, and assures them of victory. He supplies man with all the power to overcome (2 Corinthians 2:14). The Lord promised the believers to be “more than conquerors through him” (Romans 8:37). His sinless experience in the flesh is a guarantee that any of us may have the same victory if we will depend upon the Father as He did. Thus the believer can proclaim, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
In His service,