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Scriptures: Hebrews 4:15-16, 1 John 2:16, 3:5, Luke 4:3-8, 23:41, 23:47, Philippians 3:14, Matthew 6:33, 27:19, 27:4, James 1:1, 4:7, John 8:46, 18:38, 8:29, 14:30, 1 Peter 1:19, 2:22, Psalm 53:3, 51:3, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Isaiah 6:5, 1 Timothy 1:15
Have you ever met a perfect person? There is one. His name is Jesus. He never thought sin, Jesus never wrought sin, Jesus never taught sin, and Jesus never caught sin. He lived 33 years on this earth. He was untainted by the fault of sin, untarnished by the flaw of sin, and untouched by the finger of sin.In two verses, in Hebrews 4,:15-16 we see practically the entire theology of the sinlessness of Jesus compressed into two short,simple, succinct, yet stupendous,sentences.We see the reality of His sinlessness, the reason for His sinlessness, and the result of His sinlessness. In a world where people most often make excuses for disobeying God, we find in Christ a means to have real power and victory over sin.
"Because we have a sinless Savior, we can find two things always and abundantly available when we come to God--mercy and grace.Now, why do we need mercy and grace?We need mercy for our past, and we need grace for our present.We need mercy because we have sinned and we do sin.But we need grace so that we won’t sin.You see, there are two things that are true because we have a sinless Savior. Our salvation is assured--Jesus could bear our sin because he bore no sin. And our sanctification is assured--only a complete victor over sin can give complete victory over sin." --Dr. Merritt
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Pastors Edge provides Bible preachers and teachers with ready-to-use resources and materials based on the preaching of Dr. James Merritt, Senior Pastor at Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, GA and host of the international broadcast ministry Touching Lives.