Did Jesus Ever Have Sin?

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Most answering this question would say unhesitatingly, “No, Jesus never had sin.” Is this true or false?

When one considers what Adam brought upon us all coupled with why Jesus was sent to the world of mankind, the answer to the question is clear. So what did Adam bring upon all of his progeny? Romans 5:12 reads:

Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned.

So Adam brought to us all death through sin. That is our curse. We all inherited from Adam eventual death because of the sin we also inherited from him.

Romans 6:32 says:

For the wages of sin is death …

In other words, the payment one has to pay because of this inherited sin from Adam is death.

Many misunderstand this Scripture. If a person never did a bad thing in their life, they still sin. Why? Because this Scripture is not talking about not doing bad things, it is referring to that which we inherited from Adam that causes us to die: Sin.

And according to Romans 5:12, we all sin, therefore we  all must die.

What about Jesus, what did he bring to the table? Again, let Romans 5:17 answer:

For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!

So, Jesus brought life.

The Most High God sent His only begotten Son into the world of mankind so that it would not perish; that is – not die, as mankind must die – but not perish or be destroyed and go into nonexistence. John 3:16 reads:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

So notice that God did not send His Son into the world so that mankind would not die; but sent him so that mankind would not perish

For God to send His Son into the world so that the mankind born from flesh and blood Adam and Eve would not die would be Him taking back His pronouncement of death upon Adam and his progeny. God did not do that. He knew and His Son knew that the mankind born from Adam would have to die. 

The sending of His Son was to prevent mankind born from Adam from perishing. Death was taken care of by Jesus. So if anyone born of Adam dies, will be resurrected. (John 5:28-29)

So the death of anyone is not the concern here, it is perishing and no longer existing is what one should be thinking about. (See the article  Saved? In What Way?)

So, now we know what Adam gave us all and why Jesus was sent, it becomes a matter of simple deduction to answer the question: Did Jesus Ever Have Sin?

Ask yourselves, “What did Jesus have to take upon himself in order that we might have life?” Our sins!

Jesus was the sacrificial lamb? I was for that purpose he was sent, to take upon himself the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:2 reads:

He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

When Jesus willingly gave up his life in our behalf as the sacrificial lamb, he then had sin upon him. Not his own sin, but ours.

And, since sin leads to death, Jesus, too, had to die. Not owing to any sin of his own, but the sin of the whole world blemished him.

So when Jesus was died and was entombed, he took with him the sin of the world world. And, when he was resurrected back to life again, did those sins – our sins – come back with him? No.

The Apostle Paul taught and fully understood that when anyone dies, their sins die with them. He understood that ones death was full payment for sin. Their debt paid in full. The Apostle Paul also fully understood that when a dead person is resurrected back to life, s/he has no sin on them. This can be seen in two Scriptures: Romans 6:7 and Romans 6:23.

It was not that Jesus died for individuals who accept him as Lord and Savior – no – Jesus died for the whole world of mankind. Jesus was given as a sacrificial lamb by God as a free gift to us. Nothing is required back from us. No strings attached. (Ephesians 2:8-9 )

That Jesus died for the whole world can be seen in what he promised will happen for all of the world of dead mankind: A promised resurrection. (Matthew 5:28-29)

So in answer to the question, “Did Jesus Ever Have Sin?” the answer is yes. He had upon him our sins, the sins of the entire world of mankind. 

R. Jerome Harris

A Disciple of Christ in the strictest sense. I belong to no religious organization. I view Christ as my only Head, Master, Teacher, Owner, and Lord. (John 8:31-32, 1Cor 11:3) His God is my God and I champion his teachings above anything issuing out of ANY religious organization.

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  1. So in answer to the question, “Did Jesus Ever Have Sin?” the answer is yes. He had upon him our sins
    Sacifical lamb should be spotless:

    The next day John saw Jesus coming unto him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sin of the world!

    how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

    21For even unto this were ye called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps,
    22″who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth”;

    5And ye know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him is no sin.

    so he didnt do sin and didnt have sin -but Father put the sin of the world on Him.

    and He came from heaven without sin not like us from Adam with sin.

    So in answer to the question, “Did Jesus Ever Have Sin?” the answer is no.

    and the sin of the world was put on him right before his death not the whole life during his ministry.

    • Your reply to me “Purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God” is typical of so many within religious system called Christianity. It does not want to be questioned or challenged. But rather, it wants others to “accept” without question. That is what this “purging” is that you mention.

      Not one point you mention addresses that question “Did Jesus Ever Have Sin?” Did Jesus “EVER” have sin?

      The points you mention the non-sinless” state of Jesus BEFORE he took upon himself OUR sins. Take a good close look at the Scriptures you presented. Each one speaks of his sinless state BEFORE taking our sins upon himself.

      Perhaps you misunderstood the question. If Jesus never had sin upon him, where did our sins go?

      By virtue of Jesus being that human sacrificial lamb. 2 Peter 2:24 shows that Jesus “bore” OUR SINS IN HIS BODY …”

      “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed”

      So the Scriptural answer to “Did Jesus Ever Have Sin?” is YES. He bore OUR sins.

      If Jesus had NOT take upon himself our sins, he would NOT have died? Why? Because of what the Scriptures state at Romans 6:23:

      “For the wages of sin is death …”

      If Jesus had NO sin upon him, the Scripture at Romans 6:23 would not apply to him. But once Jesus took upon the sins of the WHOLE world in his body, he would die.

      What Jesus carried with him to the grave were the sins of the entire world. Those sins died with Jesus. That is what Romans 6:7 says happens to the sins of those who die.

      “because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.”

      It was Jesus who freed us.

      Thus, when Jesus died (according to Romans 6:7), he set us all free from sin when we die.

      I understand the loyalty many have to their particular religious systems and organizations, but what they teach concerning Jesus EVER having sin is not Scriptural.

      Yes, Jesus was sent to us perfect and sinless, but when he – as The Lamb of God – took upon himself (his body) the sins of the whole world EXPLICITLY shows that HE DID have sin upon him when he died: Our Sins.

      Your last expression, and I quote, says “and the sin of the world was put on him right before his death not the whole life during his ministry” was NOT what I was asking in my question “Did Jesus Ever Have Sin?”

      You simply avoided addressing the question. In fact, this last statement you made “sin of the world was put on him right before his death” IS SAYING that Jesus DID have sin upon him, but BEFORE his death. I agree! That is my point.

      So to say that Jesus never had any sin upon him is incorrect.

    • Jesus “did no sin” himself. This is true. That was not the question. The question is did he ever have sin? The answer is yes: He had the sin of the entire world of mankind “upon” him. When “The Son of Man” died, those sins of the world of mankind, died with him. There is no more sacrifice for the sins of the world, Jesus’ death took care of that. Thus, when we die, our sins have already been paid for by virtue of our deaths. (Rom 6:7 and Rom 6:23)

      If Jesus did not have sin upon him, he would not have died. “The wages sin pays is death.” Therefore, Jesus did have sin upon upon; not his own sin but that of the whole world.

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