We recently had a wonderful reader question to our website:
Was Yeshua sinless? If he was a man, which I believe, and he was tempted, would he have been able to never sin? People like to throw out Matthew 5:48. But they leave out the previous words leading up to 48. Yeshua was speaking about LOVING perfectly NOT LIVING perfectly.
I feel a huge nudge from YHWH to find an answer to this question. I prayed and "accidentally" found your website just now. How incredibly joyous was I when I read your blog on the trinity!!! HALLELUYAH IM NOT CRAZY. Anyway, did Yeshua sin? Please help!!
Thanks for taking the time to write to The Refiner's Fire! Excellent question: Did Yeshua sin.
The answer is NO! First of all, he wasn't "Just a man." He was a human with a divine qnoma/nature since He came straight from YHWH for the purpose of presenting God to Israel "face-to-face" and do everything His Father commanded:
Luke 4:43 "But he (Yeshua/Jesus) said, "I must preach the good news of the Kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent."
Luke 8:1 And it happened after these things that Y'shua was going around in the cities and in the villages and was preaching and declaring the Kingdom of Elohim.
Acts 28:23 "From morning till evening the Apostle Paul explained and declared the Kingdom of God and tried to convince people about Yeshua from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets."
As the Son of YHWH, put into the womb of Miriam supernaturally (untouched by the sin of the world, Miriam's hymen was broken from the inside-out when Yeshua was born!). A mere man could never have gone through life without committing some sins; but Yeshua wasn't a mere man....
We don't adhere to the "He was God in the flesh" mantra, necessarily, because YHWH is God. Yeshua was/is His Divine Messiah. Yeshua, however IS a part of YHWH because he is the Word (John 1:1, 14). He is YHWH's "arm" (Isaiah 53:1), and an arm is part of the body. Explaining Yeshua, as you can see, is complicated!
We're never told of any incidences wherein Yeshua sinned. As a matter of fact, Luke 2:41-52 tells us he taught the Rabbis in Temple when he was just a boy! Boys who are able to keep the Rabbis mesmerized concerning Torah, wouldn't dare to commit purposeful sins....
As far as we know, he never would have sinned in ANY situation, whatsoever, because he adhered to Torah - as we see when he was "tempted by the devil" in Matthew 4:1-11. It must have been a HUGE temptation to see someone offering you the whole world (and sparing the awful death on the cross that he knew would one day come).
Matthew 4:8 Once more, the Adversary took him up to the summit of a very high mountain, showed him all the kingdoms of the world in all their glory, 9 and said to him, "All this I will give you if you will bow down and worship me." 10 "Away with you, Satan!" Yeshua told him, "For the Tanakh says, `Worship ADONAI your God, and serve only him.'" (CJB)
As a human being, Yeshua encountered the same situations we all do, and he had the CHOICE to follow YHWH, or not - just as we all do. He knew who he was and therefore surely never gave into his fleshly desires. If he had, then he would have been "blemished" in his soul, and could NOT have become our Final SIN Sacrifice!
As for your mention of Matthew 5:48, which says: "You therefore be perfect as your Father in heaven who is perfect." Nothing about "loving perfectly"; YHWH is all about LIVING a holy/set apart life. Take a look at what King David wrote:
Psalm 101: 1 A psalm of David: I am singing of grace and justice; I am singing to you, ADONAI. 2 I will follow the path of integrity; when will you come to me? I will run my life with a sincere heart inside my own house. 3 I will not allow before my eyes any shameful thing. I hate those who act crookedly; what they do does not attract me. 4 Deviousness will depart from me; I will not tolerate evil. 5 If someone slanders another in secret, I will cut him off. Haughty eyes and proud hearts I cannot abide. 6 I look to the faithful of the land, so that they can be my companions; those who live lives of integrity can be servants of mine. 7 No deceitful person can live in my house; no liar can be my advisor. 8 Every morning I will destroy all the wicked of the land, cutting off all evildoers from the city of ADONAI. (CJB)
See? "Grace" in no way negated obedience to YHWH's commands on how to be holy.
And no, you are NOT crazy! There is no such thing as "trinity." King James made that one up by adding to the Word.
Thanks again for writing! Please don't hesitate to write, should you have any more questions!