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|Could Christ have sinned?|
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In a sense, this is a strictly hypothetical question, since the Bible clearly teaches that Jesus never sinned (
It is possible to attempt the impossible, and temptation is merely Satan's attempt to lead us astray. Temptation and susceptibility do not have to go together; only successful temptation always goes hand in hand with susceptibility.
All the temptations Jesus faced in
Although the human nature of Jesus may have had desires which temptation could target, His divine nature would ensure that He would never actually decide to sin. It is impractical to speculate on what Christ's human will might have decided if it were operating independently of His divine nature; such a situation never arose.
Christ's divine attributes would make it impossible for him to sin:
Immutability - His basic nature never changes (
Omnipotence - Falling to temptation shows moral weakness or lack of power and ability. Christ had infinite power, and was therefore not susceptible to sin.
Omniscience - Satan tempts us by attempting to deceive us. Jesus had infinite knowledge, so he could not be deceived.
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