The Sinless Christ


The Testimony of Satan

 

 Luke 4:34

34 “Ha! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are — the Holy One of God!”

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Even the demons testified to the sinless nature of Jesus by calling Him the Holy one of God. Satan failed to cause Jesus to sin and had to go when Jesus said to go.

Matt 4:10-11

10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'”

11 Then the devil left him,

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It is obvious from the four testimonies that Jesus is sinless. As we will see, the sinless nature of Christ is one of the most important aspects of the Gospel. Understanding this doctrine is vital to our understanding the gospel. Why? Because, as we have already seen, God is Holy and since holiness is the most important attribute he has.  Sin cannot abide in His presence.

Because Sin cannot abide in the presence of God, He must always judge and condemn it wherever it is found. We come at last to the eternal dilemma don’t we? How can an infinitely Holy God tolerate sinful man in His presence? And, if His Justice is Holy, doesn’t it need to be satisfied?

The answer is yes.

God’s Holy justice must be satisfied, and the only way for it to be satisfied is to pour out His wrath on all sinful flesh. Even now the wrath of God is being revealed against all mankind. Paul tells us this in Rom 1:18

“18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness”

So how do we placate ( put off) God’s wrath?

We can’t because we are sinners by nature. Only one who has no sin can do it. Jesus Christ is the sinless one, and we will look at how He satisfies the Holy Justice of God in our next section.

 

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