Quotes and Notes for the Day
THE HUMANITY OF CHRIST V
(Did the humanity of Christ carry the ability to sin?)
What is temptation? In its simplest terms, temptation simply means the solicitation to evil and sin. Solicitation to evil can come from within a person or it can come from without the individual’s nature. Whereas real nature of temptation does not rest in the nature of the person being solicited, but in the individual doing the soliciting. There are three possible sources of temptation
1.The world: We read in 1st John 2:15-17, “Love not the world neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eye, and the pride of life is not of the Father, but of the world. And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of God abideth forever.”
2.The Flesh: Romans 7:18, “For I know that in me ( that is, in my flesh dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.” In the book of Galatians 5:16-17 we read, “This I say then, walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh and these two are contrary the one to the other: so that ye can not do the things that ye would.”
3.The Devil: We read in Matthew 4:1 “ The was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.” Because of the temptation which comes from the Devil himself, believers are exhorted in the book of James to ,” … resist and he will flee from you.” We find the same exhortation in the 1st Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”
Christ’s humanity was clearly a tested, tried, and tempted, but always unaffected in His sinless nature. Matthew 4:1 declares that Jesus was ” led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.” In Hebrew 2:18 we read, “For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succor them that are tempted.” Hebrews 4:5 states, “we have not an high priest which can not be tempted with the feeling of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” Yes, as Deity He could not be tempted, but in His humanity He was tempted in all points like we are and yet without sin. Christ possessed no moral limitations which were due to sin or which involved the possibility of sinning.
The sinless humanity of Christ was an immaculate humanity. The word immaculate means perfectly clean, without spot or stain, pure, unspoiled, no flaws, faults or errors. Now the Church of Rome, and Orthodox Churches claim that Mary’s conception was immaculate; that it was without spot or stain or original sin. But they are wrong! In the gospel of Luke 1: 47 Mary said, ” .…My soul does magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.” Now only those who are sinners need a savior; and only those who are saved from their sins rejoice in their Savior.
The Key question is Did Christ’s temptation (solicitation to evil) comes from within His nature? The answer obviously is NO: it came from without, from Satan. The Seventh Day Adventists and many others claim that while Jesus Christ lived a sinless life, He possessed a sinful nature. That is not So! Romans 8:3 says that, “God sent His Son in the likeness of sinful flesh………..” It does not say ” God sent Him in the sinful likeness of men……” There is a vast difference between the two. We have the fundamental truth upon which our salvation is based on, in 1st Peter 1:18-19 which reads, ” Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, such as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received from by traditions from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”
A Christian Jew and a non Christian Jew were conversing about the virgin birth. The unbelieving Jew said to his friend, “If I tell you that a child had been born in this city would you believe it?” “Yes I would ” said the Christian Jew, ” if that child lived like Jesus did“! An Evangelist once said, ” God wants us to live down here like we would live up there.”
Why then was Christ tempted if He could not sin? Christ was tempted not to prove that He could sin, but to prove that He could not sin.! As the Union Pacific Railroad was being constructed an elaborate framework of bridge was built across a large canyon in the West. Wanting to test the bridge, the builder loaded a train with enough extra cars and equipment to double its normal payload. The train then was driven to the middle of the bridge, where it stayed an entire day. One worker asked the master Engineer, “Are you trying to break this bridge?” ” No” replied the builder, ” I’m trying to prove that the bridge won’t break.”
Friend, the temptation that Jesus faced were not designed to see if He would sin, but to prove that He could not sin. Now this God-man Jesus , is the only mediator between God and man. As the savior who paid redemption’s price, He alone can save and has the power to remit our sins. The great question remains this: Are you saved? Come to Christ as the door is still open!!!
From The Staff of The Peoples Gospel Hour
The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff