(b) Free, both from hereditary depravity, and from actual sin as is shown by his never offering sacrifice, never praying for forgiveness, teaching that all but he needed the new birth, challenging all to convict him of a single sin.
Jesus frequently went up to the temple, but he never offered sacrifice. He prayed:
?Father, forgive them? ( <422334>Luke 23:34); but he never prayed: ?Father, forgive me.? He said ?Ye must be born anew? ( <430307>John 3:7); but the words indicated that he had no such need. ? At no moment in all that life could a single detail have been altered, except for the worse.? He not only yielded to God?s will when made known to him, but he sought it: ?I seek not mine own will, but the will of him that sent me? ( <430530>John 5:30). The anger which he showed was no passionate or selfish or vindictive anger, but the indignation of righteousness against hypocrisy and cruelty ? an indignation accompanied with grief: ?looked round about on them with anger, being grieved at the hardening of their heart? ( <410305>Mark 3:5). F. W.
H. Myers, St. Paul, 19, 53 ? ?Thou with strong prayer and very much entreating Willest be asked, and thou wilt answer then, Show the hid heart beneath creation beating, Smile with kind eyes and be a man with men. Yea, through life, death, through sorrow and through sinning, He shall suffice me, for he hath sufficed: Christ is the end, for Christ was the beginning, Christ the beginning, for the end is Christ.? Not personal experience of sin, but resistance to it, fitted him to deliver us from it.
<420135> Luke 1:35 ? ?wherefore also the holy thing which is begotten shall be called the Son of God?; <430846>John 8:46 ? ?Which of you convicteth me of sin?? 14:30 ? ?the prince of the world cometh: and he hath nothing in me? = not the slightest evil inclination upon which his temptations can lay hold; <450803>Romans 8:3 ? ?in the likeness of sinful flesh? in flesh, but without the sin which in other men clings to the flesh; <470521>2 Corinthians 5:21 ? ?Him who knew no sin?; <580415>Hebrews 4:15 ? in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin?; 7:26 ?holy, guileless, undefiled, separated from sinners? ? by the fact of his immaculate conception; 9:14 ? ?through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish unto God?;
<600119> 1 Peter 1:19 ? ?precious blood, so of a lamb without blemish and without spot, even the blood of Christ?; 2:22 ? ?who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth?; <620305>1 John 3:5, 7 ? ?in him is no sin...he is righteous.?
Julius Muller, Proof-texts, 29 ? ?Had Christ been only human nature, he could not have been without sin. But life can draw out of the putrescent
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