Anyone reading the other answers here would/should note the doublespeak. Wanting an eternal, immortal Son who is God, but struggling with how to allow him to be tempted or sin as a man 'made like us in every way' Heb 2:17.
What is the Biblical basis that Jesus could sin?
- to sin, Jesus must not God. God cannot sin, He is holy and has no need to sin, let alone desire or inability to refrain.
- some propose Jesus has a switch allowing him to not be God for a while. This faulty reasoning is usually based on Phil 2
existing in the form of God, did not consider to be equal with God something to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, having taken the form of a servant, having been made in the likeness of men. Phil 2:6-7
The error is in fudging Jesus to stop being in the form of God (at his alleged, unbiblical incarnation) and to then take the form of a servant while a man in the flesh. There is no need to read this in to the text.
Jesus was always the image of God from birth, always the form of God, always the light of God, always the truth of God, always had the glory of God as he presented the Father to his disciples and everyone else fortunate to encounter him.
If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him. John 14:7
They don't get to know God, the Father, by seeing a servant alone, but a servant who was holy, truthful and glorious all in the same person - the son of God. How could Jesus stop being God and lose his 'form of God' and still represent the Father in all things? It's a read-in concept without merit and dismisses the simple explanation the text offers - needing no imaginative interpretation at all.
- we have ample scripture that confirms he is a man and none that affirms he is God - just a few mis-read proof-texts. Sadly, they have been mis-read for so long, many are unable to read the plain meaning of John 1, John 20:28, Acts 20:28, Titus 2:13 and a few others.
Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. John 16:33
just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on His throne. Rev 3:21
What are we to understand from this simple statement? If Jesus has 'overcome', then he has had to choose between sin and not sin. What could he possible overcome if he - as God, could not sin? He overcame because he was sorely tempted and chose, by the power of God in him - the Father's provision of the holy spirit, to do God's will and not his own.
Some reject that Jesus had an opposing will to God. Well, they must if Jesus is God, because God cannot be divided. But this idea is not scriptural. Jesus did have his own will which did differ form God's. It doesn't matter that Jesus always (eventually) submitted to God and did God's will - this is essentially what overcoming means! He chooses one of two options - his or God's - and he does so correctly and repeatedly until it is finished.
If we deny his overcoming, we deny his complete purpose for being our saviour. He overcomes in our stead! He defeats sin for us! He resists evil for us! To say this was a forgone conclusion because he could not fail is to deny his humanity - being made like us in every respect. A 6 year old could understand, being a God/man is nothing like us, making Heb 2:17 and all the other verses speaking of Jesus, as a man, a lie.
Jesus did not have a heavenly body after incarnation. (Autodidact)
the divine and human natures are not mixed with each other
The natures neither mingle, nor merge, nor 'switch'. They are two distinct things. They meet only in the Person of Jesus Christ. This is a mystery. (Nigel)
What verse supports any of this fancy theology? There are none. Just the imaginations of men who misled the sheep with new ideas not part of the early church Jesus founded with his Apostles. There is no mystery - only the created one which hides the true Jesus, born of Mary as the Gospels express.
…it seemed fitting to me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in an orderly sequence, most excellent Theophilus; 4 so that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been taught Luke 1:3
the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and give birth to a son, and you shall name him Jesus Luke 1:30
The Jesus who sweated like drops of blood, who cried out with tears to his God to save him "all the days of his flesh" Heb 5:7 who pleaded for God to take the cup from him - this is not a God/man who cannot fail unless it is all a grand cosmic charade. By fabricating our own God and another Jesus, we make our own charade with wordy and complex explanations that no one can understand - except by faith! Jesus came to reveal the Father - perfectly! He called Him his God, still does! Rev 3
If Jesus could be tempted - and he was all his life(!), then unless the whole thing was a joke, he must have been able to sin. We have no record of Jesus losing his Godness, his eternal life, his Godly knowledge of ALL things. We have record of him now knowing some things that God hadn't told him yet. We have no record of a God the Son who always existed - he is not even hinted at in the OT or the NT.
The biblical basis for Jesus being able to sin:
- we are not told he is God,
- he is one of us - made like us "in every respect".
- if we can sin, so could Jesus, it's that simple.
- he had to learn obedience through suffering. He has real choices to sin or not sin, to obey or not, to suffer for what is right and good or not.
- he was 'mastered by death'. Rom 6:9 shows that Jesus could have lost his future eternal life if he had sinned. If he could not sin, he would not be mastered by death. Traditional theology had no understanding about this verse.
- But when the fullness of the time came, God sent His son, born of a woman, born under the Law Gal 4:4 Simple - just accept the persistent 'Jesus is a man only' as we are told over and over, 'made like us'.
------------- the Temptation------------
If the devil knew Jesus was really God, he wouldn't be so stupid to play along to 'tempt' this Eternal Son who somehow made himself a man.
Devil: "oh c'mon Jesus, this is ridiculous - you're God the Son, you are not going to let me trick you, can we just stop this nonsense?"
Jesus: "Just read your lines and stick to the script"
Devil: Really, do we have to go up to the temple, this is stupid!"
Jesus: "Shut up and finish this so my Dad is happy!"
From heaven: (This is My Son - listen to him!)
Devil: "oh alright, let's get it over with!"
How does God the Son stop being God the Son and become a man? We can make all kinds of stories because the bible never mentions this. We've even invented a God the Son!
No wonder there is a mystery? None of it makes sense. The bible makes sense, but so few are able to believe it.
Restitutio Brief Paraphrase #420