Could Jesus sin while on Earth? This is a question that many good Christians get wrong; in fact, I think I’ve been wrong on this before! Although, I’ve never questioned was Jesus sinless. I find it hard to believe I would even entertain the notion.
I’ve always believed in the sinless perfection of Christ…
2 Corinthians 5:21: For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Many years ago, I remember discussing the question could Jesus sin with a friend at church, and to be honest, I don’t remember my stance at the time. However, over the years, the Scriptures have convinced me of the answer.
Was Jesus without sin? Yes. Could Jesus sin? No.
Every saved person believes Jesus was sinless, because if He sinned, the Father could not make Him our sacrifice. The problem however is in the question: Could Jesus sin.
Let’s find out…
Could Jesus Sin?
I believe the Scriptures clearly teach the impossibility of Jesus sinning while on Earth. Those who believe Jesus might have sinned do not understand the nature of His incarnation.
Noah Webster defines incarnation as “The act of assuming flesh, or of taking a human body and the nature of man; as the incarnation of the Son of God.” (Webster’s Dictionary of American English, 1828)
The incarnation of Christ deals with His manifestation in the flesh as a man. The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ became flesh in several places.
- John 1:14 “And the Word was made flesh”
- Romans 1:3 “Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh”
- 1 John 4:2 “Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God”
- 1 John 4:3 “And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God”
There are many more! However, for a solid answer to the question could Jesus sin, we need to see that God chose a woman to bring Jesus into the world as a man.
Was Jesus able to sin since He had a mother?
Every person who believes Jesus could sin does so because of Mary. We all know Mary was a sinner like everyone else (Lk. 2:24; Lev. 12:8).
My objection to this theory is in what constitutes a man a sinner. I believe the Bible teaches sin comes from men.
Romans 5:12: Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
It would do good to read Romans five in its context…
Romans 5:19: For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
It’s my belief that sin comes through a man. Every man and woman can trace their sin back to Adam. This is what the Bible clearly teaches. Adam did not father Jesus. Adam was the step grandfather to Jesus, meaning he did not have an actual earthly father.
Wasn’t Joseph Jesus’ father?
Many Bible translations translated from corrupt manuscripts, which where meant to rot away unused, have caused a great heresy to arise concerning the deity of Christ. They incorrectly translate certain passages to deceive us into thinking Jesus had an earthly father.
John the Baptist spoke these words: “He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.” We find his words in the third chapter of John, and they reference Jesus’ origin: He was from Heaven!
Proof new versions provide deception on the topic of Christ’s deity…
✓ 1 Timothy 3:16 (KJV) “God was manifest in the flesh”
✗ 1 Timothy 3:16 (ESV) “He was manifested in the flesh”
✓ Luke 2:33 (KJV) “And Joseph and his mother marveled”
✗ Luke 2:33 (ESV) “And his father and his mother marveled”
✓ Luke 2:43 (KJV) “Joseph and his mother knew not of it”
✗ Luke 2:43 (ESV) “His parents did not know it”
People who read versions like the English Standard Version are more likely to think Joseph was Jesus’ actual father! This causes one to answer yes to the question could Jesus sin, which is why it’s unwise and unsafe to use Bibles that pervert clear truth.
Sin passed down through Adam, and if Jesus had two earthy parents, He definitely could sin.
Who was Jesus’ real father?
Before Joseph consummated his marriage with Mary, he thought about divorcing her. The Bible says he “was minded to put her away privily,” because she became pregnant with Jesus. He obviously thought she had committed fornication (Matt. 5:32, 19:9). However, an angel appeared to him in a dream and revealed the truth. Jesus was begotten of God.
Matthew 1:18-21: ¶ Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. 20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Was Jesus God?
Mary conceived Jesus by the Holy Ghost, making God His Father. Therefore, He did not forfeit deity; He remained God! Joseph learned this, and he did the right thing by not divorcing Mary.
Now all this happened for a reason…
Matthew 1:22-25: ¶ Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. 24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: 25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
Jesus Christ was born of a virgin! Therefore, His Father was NOT Joseph. It was God.
Two Sons of God
Jesus had no earthly father; he was the Son of God. Scripture calls two men the son of God in the New Testament: (1) Adam (Lk 3:38) and (2) Jesus. Adam had no earthly father because he was the first man, and likewise, Jesus had no earthly father, because He was the second man.
The difference between the two is vast, but primarily it is in their nature. Jesus was Immanuel, God manifest in the flesh, and Adam was a natural man. Adam had the choice to sin and failed, and Jesus endured temptation to sin and overcame. Jesus is the Author of life, while death came through Adam.
Romans 5:18: Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
What does this have to do with our question could Jesus sin? All men who are born under Adam can sin, but Jesus had no earthly father, therefore, He could not. Sin comes through Adam, not God. And Jesus was God (Heb. 1:8).
Jesus Could NOT Sin!
Jesus could not sin, for God cannot sin.
James 1:13: Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
God is beyond temptation with evil. In other words, God cannot sin! If Jesus was God on Earth, and He was, then He could not ever sin.
1 John 3:8: “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”
In order for Jesus to sin, He need come from the devil. You see how this theory that He could sin while on Earth is blasphemous. He came from God to take away our sins; therefore, He needs be beyond sin.
1 John 3:9: Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
If a born again Believer cannot sin, then it must be true that the begotten Son of God could not commit sin. We may do sinful things, but that doesn’t change who we are in Christ. If Jesus did anything sinful, which He didn’t, who could accuse Him? Besides He can’t deny Himself (2 Tim. 2:13).
Could Jesus sin while on Earth? No! Jesus was a man because of His mother, but He wasn’t a sinner because of His true Father.