Could Jesus Have Sinned? Heb 2:17-18

Some say it was impossible for Jesus to sin since He was God, but that overlooks the fact that Jesus was also a man. Hebrews 2:17-18 reads “Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.”

Passages like this one affirm that Jesus became a man fully. It says Jesus was “made like unto his brethren” and goes on to say Jesus was tempted and is therefore able to “succour them that are tempted.” Since Jesus was made like us, and we can sin, then Jesus could sin also. And if Jesus really couldn’t sin, then He really can’t succour (empathize) with our struggle against sin, because Jesus never had to face the actual possibility of sin as we do.

To say Jesus couldn’t have sinned eliminates the greatest accomplishment in human history. This 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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