Jesus never sinned. The Bible tells us, “For we have not a high priest who cannot be touched with the feeling of our weaknesses; but was in all points tempted like we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). 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 us. He fought the enemy in the same nature and by the same spiritual weapons that are available to us. For He 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 He had any advantage over humanity, it was simply that His inherent human nature was never polluted by personal indulgence in sin.
At the cross, Jesus proved to the universe that Satan was wrong. Jesus proved that it was possible, in the flesh, to be obedient to God’s law through total dependence on the Father. Jesus proved it is possible by God’s grace to be sinless. The final vindication will take place when the character of Christ will be reproduced in the remnant, the 144,00 who remain faithful to the end: “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 against evil are made available to all (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 men to this conflict, equips them for battle, and assures them of victory. He supplies the believers with all the power they need to overcome (2 Corinthians 2:14).
God promised the believers that they would be “more than conquerors through him” (Romans 8:37). His sinless experience in the flesh is a guarantee that any of one may have the same victory if he depends upon the Father as Jesus did: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
In His service,
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