Was Jesus spiritually aseptic or ascetic?

a : preventing infection
• aseptic techniques
b : free or freed from pathogenic microorganisms
• an aseptic operating room

characterized by or suggesting the practice of severe self-discipline and abstention from all forms of indulgence, typically for religious reasons.

Was Jesus completely free of the contamination of sin or was Jesus practicing some form of severe self-discipline and abstention to remain sinless? Does Jesus come to give us life that is aseptic or ascetic?  Does He offer us a discipline for purity or Himself for purity?

The answer to these questions is extremely important to discipleship and spiritual life. Getting these questions wrong has led believers into unnecessary effort, frustration and mistreatment of themselves and others.

Anyone looking at and hearing Jesus carefully can see that He was not “trying hard” to be good.  Seeing Him and watching Him leads us to see that Jesus was “aseptic”.  He was uncontaminated by sin and able to bring purity to others by His presence.

As disciples we are called to have Christ formed in us.  We are to join the apostle Paul as He says “I no longer live but Christ lives in me.”  “For to me to live is Christ…”

Jesus was, is and always has been “aseptic” or 100% free of the contamination of sin.  Jesus in us right now is free of the contamination of sin.  Our current weaknesses and tendencies toward sin do not change who and what He is.  He is in us in order to free us from the contamination of sin just as surely as He freed us from the condemnation of sin at Calvary.

To the extent that we abide in Jesus we can be enabled by His perfect purity to bear visible fruit of His perfection and purity.  We do this while constantly affirming that  without Him we can do nothing.  It is His “aseptic” nature that we reveal as fruit, not ours.

Jesus does not call us to a life of severe discipline or asceticism.  He calls us to abide restfully in His perfection, purity and grace.  Only constant contact and cooperation with Jesus’ perfection, purity and grace can make us fruitful and glorify the Father.

Truly it is Christ in us that is the only hope of glory.  Abide!


Bud McCord

Abide International

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