Parables, and Miracles of Christ
A Sinless Life
WHAT testimony is borne concerning Christ's life on earth?
"Who did no sin, neither
was guile found in His mouth." 1 Peter 2:22.
2. What is
true of all other members of the human family?
have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." Rom. 3:23.
3. With what
question did Christ challenge His enemies?
"Which of you convinceth Me
of sin?" John 8:46.
4. To what extent was Christ tempted?
"[He] was in
all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." Heb. 4:15.
5. In His
humanity, of what nature did Christ partake?
"Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He
also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He
might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil."
fully did Christ share our common humanity?
"Wherefore in all
things it behooved 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." Verse 17.
His humanity Christ partook of our sinful, fallen nature. If not, then He
was not "made like unto His brethren," was not "in all
points tempted like as we are," did not overcome as we have to
overcome, and is not, therefore, the complete and perfect Saviour man
needs and must have to be saved. The idea that Christ was born of an
immaculate or sinless mother, inherited no tendencies to sin, and for this
reason did not sin, removes Him from the realm of a fallen world, and from
the very place where help is needed. On His human side, Christ inherited
just what every child of Adam inherits,- a sinful nature. On the divine
side, from His very conception He was begotten and born of the Spirit. And
all this was done to place mankind on vantage-ground, and to demonstrate
that in the same way every one who is "born of the
Spirit" may gain like victories over sin in his own sinful
flesh. Thus each one is to overcome as Christ overcame. Rev. 3:21.
Without this birth there can be no victory over temptation, and no
salvation from sin. John 3:3-7.
7. Where did
God, in Christ, condemn sin, and gain the victory for us over temptation
what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God
sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned
sin in the flesh." Rom. 8:3.
in Christ, condemned sin, not by pronouncing against it merely as a judge
sitting on the judgment-seat, but by coming and living in the flesh, in
sinful flesh, and yet without sinning. In Christ, He demonstrated
that it is possible, by His grace and power, to resist temptation,
overcome sin, and live a sinless life in sinful flesh.
8. By whose
power did Christ live the perfect life?
"I can of Mine own self do
nothing." John 5:30. "The words that I speak unto you I speak
not of Myself: but the Father that dwelleth in Me, He doeth the
works." John 14:10.
His humanity Christ was as dependent upon divine power to do the works of
God as is any man to do the same thing. He employed no means to live a
holy life that are not available to every human being. Through Him,
everyone may have God dwelling in him and working in him "to will
and to do of His good pleasure." 1 John 4:15; Phil. 2:13.
unselfish purpose did Jesus ever have before Him?
"For I came down
from heaven, not to do Mine own will, but
the will of
Him that sent Me." John
HAVE I need
of aught, O Saviour!
Aught on earth but Thee?
Have I any in the heavens,
Anyone but Thee?
Though I have
of friends so many,
Love, and gold, and health,
If I have not
Thee, my Saviour,
Hold I any wealth?
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