Choosing To Sin

Q. I appreciate your site more than you will ever know. I teach a class on Thursday morning in the county prison near my home. I am current using your material on Romans and Psalms.

The inmates really enjoy your articles and teaching. May God continue to bless you and your family.

In my Sunday school class this past Sunday the question was ask “Could Jesus have sinned when He was on earth if He had chosen to?” We are all in agreement that He did not sin, but most of the class believes He was incapable of sinning because He was also God. We all agree He was 100 percent man and 100 percent God. However, I am of the opinion that if He was truly 100 percent man He could have sinned if He had chosen to. Otherwise I could say sure He didn’t sin He was God but I am not a God so He really wasn’t tempted as I am because HE knew He could not Sin.

A. I agree with you. Hebrews 4:15 says, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin.”

You can’t be tempted to jump off a building and fly, because you know you lack the ability to fly. Likewise, one cannot be tempted to sin if he knows he lacks the ability to sin. The thing that made Jesus different from us is that He was not contaminated with the sin nature, a genetic flaw that you and I have inherited that makes it impossible for us to avoid sinning. Jesus had no such flaw, so although He could have chosen to sin, He could also choose not to.

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