Jesus Was A ManHandbook 1: Article 74 - Consider Jesus

There is one thought more evil than others -- that we can't be like Jesus because He has special heavenly supports that helped him keep from sinning. Why is this so evil? Because this is the deception and spirit of the antichrist. "For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist." (2 John, Chapter 7)

Scripture tells us that Jesus did not masquerade as man. He was a man. He did not have a special "in" with the Father that is not available to us. He learned obedience through the things that He suffered just like we do. He was tempted and tried just like we are. But this is the difference -- He did not sin. (We have.) We like to attribute this to the part of Him that was God. We want to believe that He had special power from above that is not available to us. But this idea is the granddaddy of all error, the deceitful doctrine of the antichrist. Have no part of it.

Jesus came in the flesh. Every grace and gift from God to Him is available to us also. Therefore we not only can become like Him, we must. Entertain no other thought on this subject.

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