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Impeccability: Was Christ Able to Sin?

Impeccability: Was Christ Able to Sin?

Orthodox theologians have universally agreed that Jesus Christ never committed any sin. He was sinless, blameless, and holy. The sinlessness of the Lord Jesus Christ is an absolute necessity for the efficacy of His penal, substitutionary death and is a decisive proof of His deity. Any moral failure on the part of Christ would compromise His deity and nullify His finished work on the cross. While few evangelical Bible teachers doubt His sinlessness, some have questioned whether Christ was able to sin? The question of whether Christ was able to sin is not merely a debate for theologians, but one that is important and critical to all, for it touches upon the person and the work of Christ.

Those who argue that Christ was able to sin assert that He could only have been truly human if He were able to sin. If He were unable to sin, then He was also unable to be tempted. Therefore, His humanity would not be the kind of humanity that would be able to truly sympathize with mankind. This viewpoint seems to be attractive and biblical to many fine scholars, past and present. Among conservative evangelical leaders who have taught this view are Charles Hodge, Everett F. Harrison, and Dr. Martin R. DeHaan. Additionally, Ellen G. White, of Seventh-day Adventism, also strongly advocated this view.

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Two Men and You

The Story Of The Bible

The Holy Scriptures consist of sixty six books. Thousands of years lie between the first human author and the last, but the way its history, its prophecies, its songs and its teachings blend into a cohesive story calls for the superintendence of one Person. He must have existed throughout the years of its production! The Bible claims for itself that it is “God-breathed” or inspired. What is its story all about? Serious students of its pages have made various suggestions as to its overall purpose and plan according to which of its themes interested them. Every valid idea put forward is like a thread woven into the overall fabric of Scripture. It becomes possible to trace these themes throughout its pages like the colored strands in a tapestry. The topics of the glory of God, the sinful condition of mankind, the need for a sufficient sacrifice etc., all contribute to the total impression left on the mind of the thoughtful reader. And each strand of truth that begins in the first book has its counterpart, contrast, and climax in the last.

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