7459 - Sinless - 1 John 3:5b

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Friend, it’s such a joy to have you join us today.

We are now engrossed in a study of the book of 1 John. The Apostle John, the last living apostle of Jesus Christ, this sensitive man of God, now in his late 80’s or early 90’s, was used by God to repute & rebuke the false teachers who were being used by the devil to bring hurt & pain into the early church. Human philosophies sprang up to deny many of the basic doctrines which were first taught by Jesus Christ, and later were proclaimed by those whom Jesus had taught & prepared so carefully.

The reputation of Jesus was attacked again & again. Heresy challenged His divinity. Others challenged that He was able to be the sin-bearer for the people of the world.

In the midst of these persistent attacks the Holy Spirit used John to clearly speak the truth without error, and many were guided into the narrow path which leads to life.

At the end of 1 John 3:5, John pulls no punches as he openly declares about Jesus, “...in him is no sin.” Why is this important? The answer to this question goes back to the very reason Christ came to earth as the man Jesus.

Remember, God is just in His nature, and justice demands payment for sins. God could not just forgive man’s sin and still hold true to His just nature (Jere. 9:24).

God decreed that, “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” for sins (Heb. 9:22; Lev. 17:11). Furthermore this blood sacrifice had to come from one who was without blemish or spot (Ex. 12:5)

As the people looked forward to the Messiah who was to come to take away their sin, God instituted an annual reminder of these truths. In Leviticus 16 God gave the rules for the Day of Atonement, by which the Israelites were cleansed for one year. Every year the ritual had to be repeated.

But the Israelites looked forward to the promised Messiah who would pay the full & just price for sin and end the need for the annual reminder. This Messiah must bear no blemish or spot associate with His character. He would be the one promised by God as the Deliverer. The whole of the Old Testament bears a prophetic climate toward this one who was to be the “Seed of Abraham,” the “Son of David,” called “Son of man.”

Since God Himself, being eternal in nature, could not die, in His infinite wisdom & power, He sent His own Son, to be born of a woman into a human body. Although Jesus was fully divine, He was likewise fully human. In fact, while on earth He limited Himself never to make use of His divine attributes, but rather chose to be fully dependent upon the Father & the Holy Spirit as the power to minister God’s chosen tasks through His human body while here on earth.

Being fully human Jesus could die; thus, He could be the anointed sacrifice if in His human life there would be no blemish or spot of sin.

That’s why it is so important to know & be assured that Jesus lived a sinless life. John assures us of that fact along with the truth that Jesus became human, lived a life of purity, all the time knowing He was to fulfill the will of the Father to serve as the sacrifice to pay the penalty for the sins of all people, providing for God to once again dwell in people.

Other Biblical writers bear witness to this truth. The Apostle Peter tells us: “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth. (1 Peter 2:22)” Furthermore, Peter assures us that Jesus Christ was chosen before the creation of the world, (1 Peter 1:18-20) to be the redemption sacrifice.

The Apostle Paul likewise tells us that: “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Cor. 5:21)”

And finally, the writer of Hebrews shares that our high priest, Jesus Christ, was tempted in every way, just as we are –– yet Jesus was without sin. (Heb. 4:15)”

Thus, the sinless Jesus, fully man in every way, was the only One qualified to be the redemption sacrifice; and because of His great love, He said, “Father, may Your will be done. (Matt. 26:42)” Then He laid down His life for you & for me, & for everyone born on earth.