Protection From Ourselves

Followers of Christ have unique privileges. Among them is the comforting knowledge that God can relate to us. He actually knows what it is like to be human. God is profoundly empathetic because of the incarnation. Jesus Christ is fully God and therefore could not sin, a concept known as his impeccability. He could never perform an act contrary to his holiness. This provides the governing limits to any study of the temptation, and reminds us that he could not sin under any circumstances. But the humanity of Jesus provided an opportunity to know what it felt like to want to sin. The fullest degree of temptation was inflicted upon him. It exceeds our true comprehension because unlike Jesus Christ, we have a breaking point. This is why God promises that, “…he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability…” (1 Corinthians 10:13). God knows us intimately, became one of us, and now protects us from the effects of irresistible temptation. This is a mercy we don’t deserve, and a grace that keeps us from the consequences of uncontrollable sinning.

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