Jesus had a human nature, so wouldn't he also have had a naturally sinful nature?

By August 1, 2015 17 Comments

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Wouldn’t Jesus have to have been sinful since he had a human nature just like ours? Sin is natural for us, so it must have been natural for him. The difference is he didn’t obey his sinful nature.


Be careful here. One of the blunders many people make is gnosticism (which believes, among other things, that the spiritual and physical are necessarily opposed). This is not so. “Nature” is not corrupt. Corruption is corrupt. Sin is precisely what is contrary to the nature that God calls “good” in the book of Genesis. It is damage to nature, not nature itself, that constitutes sin. Thus, sin (which we all inherit in Adam) is based on a warping and a deformation of our nature. It isnever natural for us. Thus Jesus, the perfect man, had a perfect human nature, one that did not include sin.


  • Robert henry says:

    Jesus was God in the flesh. God and Jesus are with out sin.

    • kikay says:

      The problem sometimes when we try to distort the truth.Jesus has human nature. misleading,…God become flesh and dwell with the world.So God in human form.Not Jesus in human nature,..misleading.

  • EDL says:

    The question on Jesus’ human nature is related to the immaculate conception of His Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary. The immaculate conception renders Mary as conceived without sin. This phenomenon or mystery, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, is significant in understanding that Jesus is void of sinful mature.

  • Nwamadu Anthony says:

    Better still, Jesus has no link with sin as he was conceived without it. He could not have had a sinful nature even though he was human. The only time he had a sinful nature was when He fulfilled His mission on d cross, the spirit of God left Him and He went to hell. In His Godly nature He dealt with the devil once and for all, bound and chained him, and was resurrected by the same Spirit of God unto the glory of God and salvation of man

    • Orlando says:

      The hell we talk about is purgatory were the saint’s and the rest of the faithful departed were in limbo waiting for Jesus to arrive in order to open the gates of Heaven to them it’s were the thief on the cross went

  • That was the whole point of the Immaculate Conception. Mary was conceived without Original Sin as a special grace because she was to be the Mother of Jesus Christ. Since she was preserved from Original Sin, Christ was conceived without Original Sin as well. How else could the angel have greeted her as “full of grace” since Christ had not yet redeemed mankind?

  • Brendan says:

    Jesus human nature was pristine. It was like our human nature in all things except sin. Therefore the human nature of Jesus was not fallen like our human nature is. His human nature was like that of Adam before the fall. And remember Jesus had both a human nature and a divine nature at the same time. He was fully God and He was fully man, at the same time. This is the doctrine of the hyperstatic union.

  • Bocephus says:

    Further, the ultimate source of attribution for sin is the person, not the nature. Jesus is a divine person with both a human and divine nature. We sin because as human persons we will it, and then use the means provided by our human nature to extend that will into the world. As a divine person, Jesus never had a will to sin– in fact, would be by definition incapable of sin– and so could not by definition employ his humanity in order to sin.

  • Paula Turner says:

    Jesus is Divine. He is God and Man. He came to earth in human flesh to suffer as we suffer and die for us, then rise again so we might be saved from the power of sin. He knew no sin because He was God in the flesh.

  • Hong Fei says:

    Hey. As a Buddhist, I don’t think other gods are with sin just because they have human nature. Human nature is fundamentally pure and good, but us humans are not really one with that nature, which is why we commit offenses. That’s my understanding of human nature from my religion.

  • Dennis McDaniel says:

    I believe we are missing the point. Jesus was born of a woman subject to the law of Moses. His Father was God himself. His nature came from God. Science has proven there is no blood transferred from the mother to fetus in the womb. Jesus was all human born with a spiritual nature. If he had been born with a human nature it would have been inherited by Adam. This would disqualify him as a perfect sacrifice.
    I’m in the world but I’m not of this world. Believers are now a prototype of Christ. Our physical bodies (corruptible) can not inherit what is incorruptible.
    I’m reminded of the time when Jesus was being questioned by religious teachers of the law in order to stump him in the temple with plenty of potential followers. After Jesus answered all their supposed tough questions, Jesus ask one of his own. What about the Messiah? Who’s son is he? Pharisees answered, he is King David’s son.
    Jesus replied: Why did David under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit say, “My Lord said to my Lord sit at the fathers right hand until I humble your enemies as a footstool under your feet.”
    If the Messiah is David’s son, why did he call him his Lord?
    In another place Jesus told teachers of religious law before Moses was I was. They argued amongst themselves saying he is Joseph’s son and he isn’t even 40 years of age.
    Jesus was much more than human he was God in the flesh.

  • Melanie says:

    From what I’ve read, Jesus was tempted. It’d be pointless to tempt someone who didn’t have the ABILITY to sin, to fall from perfection. Ezekiel 28, while being a curse against the king of Tyre, likens the king to Lucifer and reminds is of our own sin and of God’s will that we should be lower than God’s chosen one, the first-born, the inheritor of all that is given to him by God. As such, this passage provides insight into Lucifer’s position of power in the garden of Eden before Adam was created and into his sin of trying to rule over what had not been given to him. It is not robbery to possess what is given, which is why the Messiah, the Son of God, was equal to God – just as Joseph was made equal to Pharaoh, not because he was Pharaoh, but because everything of Pharaoh’s was given by Pharaoh to him.

    • Jewel says:

      What I understood about this ….. ( I may be theologically wrong)….. is that the devil was allowed to test Jesus so he will know if Jesus really is the Son of God. If Jesus failed then the devil would know that he is not the one that was promised. The devil would just think that Jesus was just a mere human with fallen nature. If Jesus passed the test then the devil would know truly that Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus was kept hidden from them (devils) but they do know that the Son of God will assume flesh, and they also know of the Virgin birth. That explains why the devils so hate the Blessed Virgin Mary. At those times, there were consecrated virgins who are awaiting for the coming of the Messiah. That was why Mary was surprised that she was the chosen one from the beginning. All the Blessed Virgin Mary thought was she was going to help the mother of the Son of God, but it was her instead.

  • The old sin nature comes thru the human man, not the woman, and Jesus was conceived without a man…so He had no sin nature.

  • Jesus, the 2nd person of the Godhead, (Trinity) is a unique member of the human race because he is both God and man. His uniqueness has existed since God created man at the beginning of “time”. When God created a Man and made him a helpmete a woman Adam named Eve which means “mother of all the living”. When they were created they were perfect without sin. Eve (mother of all the living) carried within her overies the seed of all of future mankind. This seed was also perfect, unaffected by sin. Then the devil in the form of a serpent invaded their lives and succeeded to tempt them into sin. God had made Adam responsible for Eve as she was created from his rib. Adam did not stop Eve from taking and eating the fruit of the “tree of knowledge”; in fact he joined her and took some too thus turning his nature and she also turned her nature into a sinful nature. This act did not touch the little specks of seeds within her overies so she was able to pass them on to her daughters to store in her overies. Really you say. How many passages can one find in the Bible where God says that he has known people since the time of creation, and knew how they would serve Him. God knew and called by name everyone of these little specks, so small we could never see them. In Romans, chapter 5 we read that it was through Adam sin entered the world (because he abdigated his responsibility when Eve offered him the fruit from the tree of knowledge). No where does it mention that sin came through Eve because these little specks were created perfect and didn’t fall at the temptation. The sperm that Adam provided and all males provide were not present at creation. They are manufactured by the male prior to inpregnation. They are manufactured by a sinful male. This sin is passed on to the sperm which thus makes the offspring sinful. Thus through Adam sin was passed on through the world. How did God overcome this? In Isaiah 7 He announced a sign, Behold a VIRGIN shall conceive and bear a son. This son would not be made by a sinful male, but rather through the Holy Spirit. Read in Luke, chapter 2 the angel’s announcement to Mary. The Holy Spirit would come upon her and would incarnate within her a son (the Holy Spirit would place within a seed in her womb all the essence of God the Son). He would be born without the presence of an earthly father, and would not be tainted with sin, yet He would suffer all the deprivations of being a human being. Read St. Paul’s descriptions of the God-man who emptied himself to become like us yet carried the whole God hood of his person with him. No, our finite minds cannot fathom this, but we can believe it because God has told us so. Jesus was incarnated for the purpose of redeeming us and making it possible for us to inherit eternal life with him in heaven through his perfect life, death and resurrection.

  • Melanie says:

    Jesus’ human nature made him capable of sin, but it did not make him a sinner. The doctrines that site transference of a sinful nature from one generation to another make clear that such transference occurs through the paternal line. Since Jesus had no human father, he was born free to choose whether to sin or remain sinless, just as Adam was free before he chose to sin. Because Adam became a sinner, his children were born with a tendency to choose sin. But ultimately, being free from a tendency to sin is NOT the same as being free from temptation. Just as Adam was tempted and free to choose, Jesus was tempted and could have chosen to sin. If he had chosen to sin rather than resist and overcome, Jesus would have fallen from his position in heaven, becoming another failed Adam. But because God foreordained Jesus’ victory over sin and specifically chose him, Jesus’ nature was also immortal and immutable, in other words, divine.

  • Melanie says:

    Can I just say that most laypeople seem to misunderstand the official trinity doctrine, which developed beginning with its basis in Genesis chapters 1 & 2, wherein God is anthropomorphized using the illustration of a speaker. Now we know the Bible teaches that God is spirit and that such a spirit is without form. Yet Genesis clearly ascribes to the Divine Speaker, the One who creates by speaking, both Breath and Word, which infers the presence of a body.
    Using this very familiar metaphor, which compares God to a human speaker, we are given a ready understanding that the breath is the living essence or life force of the speaker. This force or essence is what the Bible refers to as the spirit. This breath or spirit is what makes the speaker a living being, such as the Living God. But, in speaking, that same breath (spirit) is also exhaled by the speaker, moving from within the speaker to the mouth where, with the formation and expression of the word by the speaker, it serves to empower and sustain the message which is spoken.
    Thus, the word is given life by the breath (spirit), being carried by the breath’s power to the ear of the listener. The listener who does not receive the word, the message of God, will also not receive the breath (spirit) of God. Rather, that one will continue to be only a son of Adam, a lifeless soul, for not receiving the breath that is sent forth with the word.
    The word is the manifest thought of the speaker, a perfect representative of what was previously hidden within the speaker. The word comes out of the speaker as something separate from the speaker, a message, with the living breath uniting them, though not making them the same. The speaker thus becomes the progenitor of the word and the word becomes the offspring. Clearly, the word is not the speaker, nor is the breath the speaker or the word. They play different roles, yet they are all divine, they are all “God”. Not three gods, but one God. Just as the human speaker and his breath/spirit and his word are one.
    Let’s look to the example of Adam who, as a person, was created according to God’s perfect ideal for mankind, reflecting (as creation does) the will and design of the creator. Thus, like the rest of creation in its earliest days, Adam was God’s word, a temporally manifest representation of what God had in mind when He spoke humanity into being. Adam was then given life, even the breath of God – not merely the crude/temporal life of the dead souls we see walking around today, but real spiritual life, the life that binds God and His children together.
    Through Adam, mankind was also given the ability to guide creation, to either live by the spirit and so guide creation to grow in life or else to be cut off from that life for lack of breath. Adam chose poorly and was held to account as the representative of all mankind. And so, like Ishmael, Adam, the one who would have otherwise inherited as the first-born, fell from his station, allowing his younger brother to rise up to the station of the first-born son, for which it was decreed that such a son would be the sole inheritor, even the only son. And so we see the story of Issac retold in the appointment of the only begotten son of God, the divine word of God, Jesus.

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