12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. 13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. 16 Do not err, my beloved brethren. (Jam 1:12-16 KJV)
At first glance this verse seems easy to understand. We understand how we can be tempted to sin but not actually having to follow through with it. And every day of our lives as Christians we struggle with temptations of all kinds, and this verse is explaining to us about how temptation and sin work. First of all we can see that when we have temptation in our lives is because there is a desire in our own selves towards that sin. Here in the verse it’s called lust, Lust can be anything, lust for power, the lust for money the lust for whatever it is it’s tempting you away from holiness. But the interesting thing about this verse is that it explains that God himself cannot be tempted of evil or sin. That’s because God doesn’t have a desire for those things so you cannot tempt what you have no desire for. For example for most people you cannot tempt them to catch the mouth on fire. Because there’s nothing good that you can get out of catching your mouth on fire. So someone trying to trick you or tempt you to hurt yourselfis probably not going be very effective. But if it is something that you do want or desire like money or fame and fortune the temptation is a little harder. But God has no desire at all for sin so he cannot be tempted to do any sin because he’s holy. So what this verse is saying when it says God cannot be tempted to do evil or sin is because he’s incapable of doing it and that’s the point of this verse explaining that.
But there is a problem with the notion that Jesus is God. Because these versus are in the context of speaking about sin and we know that it is undisputed that Jesus was tempted to sin. The Trinitarian doctrine asserts that Jesus is God but they’re going to have to do some explaining. Because the Bible clearly explains that Jesus was tempted to sin yet without sin.
14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. 15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. (Heb 4:14-15 KJV)
One of the answers that I get from people defending the Trinitarian doctrine is that Jesus was tempted on his human side and not on his God side. And that sounds like a great explanation but the problem with that explanation is that there is no verse confirming that idea. In this verse it does not say Jesus was tempted on his man side for clarification. Surely since this New Testament was being established that would be in need to over emphasize and over explain things to help the new baby Christians understand these hard complex ideas. But for some reason the writer of Hebrews neglects to include the clarification that Jesus was tempted on only his human side. One of the reasons why they did not clarify this is because Jesus was not and is not God. Because if they truly believed that he was a man they would not need to insert those clarifications into their writing. So the defense that Jesus’ human side was the only side tempted sounds very good but there is no verse to corroborate that idea. And since there is no verse confirming that idea we should not accept it as the word of God because it’s actually man’s word. Another thing that needs to be considered is that God doesn’t have a switch he can flip and say now Im on my human side I can be tempted and then flipped the switch and be on his God side and not be able to be tempted. This is not the way it works but because the doctrine of the Trinity does not fit into these two verses shows that it is an incorrect doctrine to hold. And so Trinitarian’s will do whatever they can to make up excuses on why God himself cannot be tempted in Jesus can be tempted. But what you need to ask those teachers is where does the Bible agree with what you’re saying? Because I can come up with 1 million, billion ideas but if there is no two or three verses in the Bible that confirm it, it’s probably not true. The verses that I’m showing you are plain and need no explanation additionally, one verse says God cannot be tempted the other verses Jesus can be tempted and was tempted. So if they’re showing your verse that doesn’t have anything to do with temptation or in the context that we speak of and they’re pulling out all these ideas from an word or something like that it’s probably not true. Jesus was tempted in every way like we were and he did not sin. God sent Jesus into the world and God cannot be tempted this is an eternal truth. If someone says that the verse in James is not actually saying what it’s saying that pretty much declaring that they don’t believe that the book of James is valid. And then if they say that the book of Hebrews does not necessarily say that Jesus was tempted is to say that they don’t accept the book of Hebrews in any other book that says that Jesus is tempted like the Gospels.
Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. (Mat 4:1 KJV)
And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him. (Mar 1:13 KJV)
2 Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered. (Luk 4:2 KJV)
18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
(Heb 2:18-1 KJV)
God Cannot be tempted. Jesus was tempted