We should note that the first man Adam was sinless before he sinned. When he disobeyed, he brought sin into the world of mankind that God had created through Jesus. (John 1:10; Romans 5:12) Thus, before he disobeyed, he was without sin, and the very fact that God presented him with the choice of obeying or disobeying indicates that a sinless man could choose to remain in obedience and thus live forever.
Nevertheless, Adam did disobey, and by his disobedience, he brought the condemnation of death not only upon himself, but all of his descendants. This is what Paul argues in Romans 5:12-19 and 1 Corinthians 15:21,22. This is in harmony with the rest of the Bible as well as facts, for we see even before birth, an embryo is already in a dying condition.
By condemning all in one man, only one obedient sinless man would be needed to offset the original condemnation. Thus, Jesus did not come into this world as being “of this world”, for all of Adam’s descendants have been made sinners due to Adam’s sin. Jesus had to be a sinless human being — nothing more, nothing less — who would remain obedient to God in order to pay the wages of sin for all dying in Adam. (Romans 5:12-19; 1 Corinthians 15:21,22) Thus, Jesus’ human body was not prepared from sinful human stock, but Jesus says of his God: “But a body did you prepare for me.” (Hebrews 10:5) It is thus this sinless human body, having sinless life, that Jesus willingly offered in sacrifice. (Luke 22:19; John 6:51; Hebrews 8:4; 9:24-26; 10:10) Consequently, we read that in Jesus “was” (past tense) life — human life (John 1:4), crowned with the glory of a sinless man, who by his obedience had not fallen short of the glory of God. — Romans 3:23; Hebrews 2:9.
Nothing in this, however, means that we need to imagine and assume that Jesus is the Supreme Being. Jesus himself did not need to be both the Supreme Being and a man in order to pay the wages of sin; indeed, if Jesus was also the Supreme Being during the days of his flesh (Hebrews 5:7), then rather than condemning sin in the flesh (Romans 8:3), Jesus justfied sin in the flesh, for such would prove that for a sinless man to remain obedient that man would need to be the Supreme Being in addition to being a human being. Scripturally, however, the only price needed to pay to God for sin was that of a sinless human being, which is what Jesus was — nothing more, nothing less — while Jesus was in the days of his flesh.
However, if Jesus had been the Supreme Being in the flesh, as many claim, this would diminish his role of obedience to his God. Not only that, rather than condemning sin the flesh (Romans 8:3), Jesus would have justified sin in the flesh, for it would have proven that for a sinless man (as was Adam before he sinned) to obey the Supreme Being, that sinless man would have to be Supreme Being in the flesh.Click here for reuse options!
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