The Impeccability of Christ
Presented by Lucas Griffin
Highway Gospel Hall
January 15, 2020

 

What Does Impeccability Mean?

  • ORIGIN – First recorded in 1525–35, impeccable is from Latin word impeccābilis
  • Not capable of sinning; not liableto sin OR free from fault or blame
  • Faultless; flawless; perfect; irreproachable; sinless; blameless; perfect
  • Impeccability is the absence of sin. This is an attribute of God and (and therefore, Christ)
  • “We are living in a world of sin, and the fearful havoc it has wrought is evident on every side. How refreshing, then, to fix our gaze upon One who is immaculately holy, and who passed through this scene unspoilt by its evil. Such was the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God incarnate. For thirty-three years He was in immediate contact with sin, yet He was never, to the slightest degree, contaminated.” (A.W.Pink 1932)

 

Arguments for the Impeccability of Christ

  • Christ was sinless, but also incapable of sinning. Christ was not only able to overcome temptation, but He was unable to be overcome by it. Being Master of all things, it was impossible that anything, including sin, could master Him.
  • The Immutability (unchanging character) of Christ:‘Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever’ (Heb. 13:8). Because He was not susceptible to any change, it was impossible for the incarnate Son of God to sin.
  • The Omnipotence of Christ.The Lord Jesus is omnipotent (all powerful), therefore He has all power over all sin.
  • Christ’s Divine Character. In Him are united the Divine and the human natures. The Divine nature cannot allow Him to sin.
  • Christ Must be Impeccable in order to be our Saviour. He must be perfect and he must have power to overcome all temptation in order to pay our redemption price, forever.

 

What Does the Bible Say About the Impeccability of Christ?

  • Peter, The Man of Action: 1 Peter 2:22, 24 – Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth… who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.
  • John, A Close Follower of Jesus: 1 John 3:5 – And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.
  • Paul, The Intellectual: 2 Corinthians 5:21 – For He made Him who knew no sinto be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
  • Hebrews – He was ‘without sin’ (Heb. 4:15). He was ‘holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners’ (Heb. 7:26).
  • Because He is without sin (impeccable), Jesus Christ can heal us from sin, take away our sins, and make us righteous!

 

How Did Jesus Prove that He was Impeccable?

  • There are several ways that sin can attract us and trap us.
    • 1 John 2:16 – For all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – is not of the Father but is of the world.
      • This verse outlines the three different ways that sin can work
      • Jesus overcame and conquered each temptation
    • Matthew 4:1-11 The Temptation in the Wilderness
      • The Lust of the Flesh – Matthew 4:3-4 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
        • But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ “
      • The Lust of the Eyes – Matthew 4:8-10 – The devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”
        • Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”
      • The Pride of Life – Matthew 4:5-7 – Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ”
        • Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’
      • God allowed Jesus to experience these temptations to PROVE His Impeccability!

 

Jesus Christ was the Perfect Servant!

  • Isaiah 42:1-4 – “Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles…
    • These verses are quoted in Matthew 12:18-21 with reference to Christ
    • This chosen servant reveals a character of gentleness, encouragement, justice, truth
  • Mark 10:45 – For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
  • Luke 22:42 – “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.

 

What Was God’s Assessment of His Son?

  • After 30 years of His private life – Matthew 3:17 – And suddenly a voice camefrom heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
  • Partway through His public ministry: Matthew 17:5 – While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!”
  • Near the end of His public ministry: John 12:28 – Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.”
  • After His death: 1 Peter 1:21 – who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

 

Why Does This Matter?

  • Because Christ is impeccable (sinless), His sacrificial death has put away sin forever
    • Many of the verses regarding the Impeccable Christ also point out that BECAUSE He was sinless, He was able to die for our sin
    • See 1 Peter 2:22,24 and 1 John 3:5 and 2 Corinthians 5:21 above
  • Some people say that He COULD have sinned
    • He could not sin. The very nature of sin is that it will always result in sins committed.
    • Our eternal security depends on His perfection. If He could have sinned in the past, there is the possibility that He could sin in the future. One sin would undo it all.

 

How Does this Apply to Me?

  • Let’s worship Christ for His impeccable character
    • We all struggle with sin on a daily basis. Praise God that our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ NEVER struggled with sin and NEVER will!
    • “In 2 Corinthians 3:18 how does the Spirit make us like Christ? We see, and adore, and become like what we love. So beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, we are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, incrementally, bit by bit we become more like Christ because we adore Him, we marvel at Him. Marveling at Jesus, ought to be for Christian people a preoccupation” (biblicaltraining.org)
  • We should follow Christ’s impeccable example and seek to be blameless and holy
    • Phillippians 2:15 – that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation…
    • 1 Peter 1:15-16 – But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”
  • If we do sin (and we will), let’s lay hold of our impeccable Advocate
    • 1 John 2:1 – And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
    • Our Advocate is impeccable. He is righteous. He is sinless. He is interceding for us.

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