Could Jesus Have Sinned? – Heb 4:15

Some say it was impossible for Jesus to sin since He was God, but that overlooks the fact that Jesus was also man. Hebrews 4:15 reads “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”

So Jesus was “tempted like as we are.” Not only does “tempted” here imply the possibility of sin, but the fact that Jesus was tempted “like as we are” underscores the fact that He could have sinned just as we can. If it were impossible for Jesus to sin, then He really wasn’t tempted “like as we are,” was He? Temptation without the possibility of sin would certainly be a facade, wouldn’t it?

To say Jesus couldn’t have sinned takes away the greatest accomplishment in human history. The man Jesus lived his whole life without committing even one sin, even though he was tempted to the same extent we are.


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