Yet Without Sin

The phrase “yet without sin” (Heb. 4:15) has been taught to mean that “Christ did not sin.” He had forbidden desires like us, but “He didn’t give in” is the interpretation often given. The word “yet” has been added to the original text. The remaining portion, “without sin,” would be better rendered “sin apart.” The same original Greek words are used in Hebrews 9:28, where it speaks of Christ returning the second time, “sin apart,” or “without reference to sin.” He came the first time to be a propitiation for our sins (1 John 2:2; 4:10). His second coming will not be in reference to that work again. The writer of Hebrews 4:15 is trying to protect against the very thing that many have taught it to mean. He is telling us that Christ was “tried” in every way as we, but, lest we think this includes temptations from inward sin, he adds “sin apart.” Christ had no temptations from “within” as He was without sin.