4. Did Jesus Have Free Will To Sin As Do All Humans?
A good question… The answer is YES and here’s why. Having the “ability” to commit sin (or disobey God) is different than putting that ability into practice.
The TRUTHFULNESS of this matter is something that can be easily PROVEN.
Either Jesus COULD sin or Jesus COULD NOT sin; WHICH IS IT?
If Jesus was NOT “capable” of sinning he would indeed be totally GOD!!!!
However, the humanity of Jesus Christ is fundamental to every Christian doctrine so we should first prove if Jesus was indeed human, thus you need to make sure that you really understand exactly what constitutes a man as being “totally human”. This is a very important matter because in order to prove who Jesus is (or who he is not) and what he was “capable” of doing we need to be able to do two things:
- distinguish the difference between being “totally human” from that of being “totally God”; and
- distinguish the difference between having the “Spirit of God” from the “spirit of man”; that which makes man human and separates him (his humanity) from being God (1Cor 2:11).
Now in order for Jesus to be a man (a true human being) he would have had at least two (2) attributes:
- He would have been “limited” in some aspect of his life (able to die, suffer, hunger, etc…); and
- He would have had a “human spirit/soul” thus having independent will to choose whether or not to obey God, as do all humans.
Unless we say Jesus only had God’s spirit, in which case Jesus would not have been “totally” human, you then have to explain what happened to Jesus “human” spirit/soul.
The Issue The Church Didn’t Explain To You:
If Jesus was “capable” of committing sin he would be human (or not “totally” God), because all humans are capable of committing a sin against (or disobeying) God. It is this aspect of Jesus total obedience to God (John 8:29-30, Romans 5:19) that was remarkable. God’s plan, even before the foundation of the world, was for Jesus to be our savior and redeemer. (1 John 4:14-15; Galatians 4:4-8; 1 Peter 1:19-21)
If Jesus was “totally” God it would be impossible for God to sin because God has no one to whom he must obey, Jesus would have never “truly” overcame the world as our example of being sinless flesh by surrendered will to another.
God’s Spirit (divinity) indwelling the human body of Jesus (humanity) demonstrated two different types of spirits in one body; (the will/spirit of man (Jesus) surrendered to the will/Spirit of God. This is why Jesus said the words he spoke were not his, but that of his Father [God] (John 12:49-50; John 14:24).
(John 8:29) “And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone;…” [It is made clear that this man Jesus was not by himself (alone), nor did he send himself, nor was he referring to himself as the Father when Jesus said “he” that sent “me”]
(John 14:10) “I speak not of myself: but the father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works”
(2 Corinthians 5:19) “To wit that God was “in” Christ; < NOT > God was “incarnated as” the Christ.
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