Do you ever wonder just how Jesus did it? How was he able, as a man like us in every way, to live a perfect life? Was He really made as vulnerable to temptation as we are, or was He given a grace that made Him immune to the corruption of this world?We may not know the full answer to these questions in this life, but Luke points us towards an observation worth consideration. Luke recorded this - “the child was growing and was developing mastery in spirit, being filled or filling Himself with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon Him.” The word Luke used - ἐκραταιοῦτο - conveys the idea of sufficient strength to gain complete mastery. Jesus grew to completely mastery IN SPIRIT. This strength (mastery) of spirit was the foundation for Him not giving way to those things that war against the soul. Jesus gained mastery at being led by His spirit. Mastery of spirit allowed His inner man to govern His soul and body. This mastery of spirit also allowed Him to fully commune with His Father, who is Spirit. Paul wrote that - “If we live BY THE SPIRIT, we will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.”Perhaps the reason many of us struggle to consistently live by the spirit is that we have yet to grow into a mastery of spirit like our Lord did as a child. Paul’s prayer for the believers in Ephesus was that they would experience this mastery of spirit in their inner man so that Jesus Christ would dwell in their hearts by faith. If we are consistently losing the battle against the lusts of our flesh, perhaps we should consider that we have yet to grow into the mastery of spirit that our Lord grew into even as a child. May we experience this grace of mastery in spirit, so that we will be filled with the wisdom of God just like our Lord was filled with wisdom growing up as a child.
_________________Alan and Dina Martin
Sin came through the one man Adam. I've heard people say that the sin nature comes through the father of a child still. Sorry I don't know the whole teaching of it.But they say that because of the Virgin birth and there being no earthly father, the sin nature wasn't present in Jesus. Even though he was tempted in all ways that we are. When you think of Jesus telling his disciples of forgiving a brother seventy times seven we can see it's a discipline of the will more than just languishing in the spirit hoping for that way of life to arrive. Maybe being slaves to righteousness is the path. Taking each thought captive. It's getting that balance of receiving life of the Holy Spirit and dying to self I would think.