27: Exodus 15:11


365 Prophecies: Prophecy 27

The Character of the Messiah will be power according to the Spirit of Holiness.

Old Testament Prediction:

Exodus 15:11 “Who is like You, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, Fearful in praises, doing wonders?”

New Testament Fulfillment:

Romans 1:4 Jesus… declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.


The Book of Exodus, chapter 15:11 declares that the Messiah will exhibit a perfect life of holiness, from where He will derive the power to lay down His life for the sins of the world, and take it back again in resurrection.

Romans 1:4 announces that Jesus lived this perfect life of holiness, without sin. It was His life of perfection which qualified Him to be the Savior of the world, and made it clear that He is the fulfillment of all the Old Testament prophecies concerning the coming Messiah.

We are learning through our study of these 365 Prophecies that in a single text of scripture, there may be multiple prophecies pointing to Jesus as the promised Messiah. Exodus Chapter 15 is one of these important places, where the Holy Spirit has lodged several inferences to the Character of the Messiah and what we can expect from the One who will be the Savior of all people.

In Exodus Chapter 15, verse 11, we see a reference to the fact that the Messiah’s Holiness will be one of His most important attributes. Only a human being who has a perfect life, without a single sin, could be qualified to be the Savior of all other men. There is no other person in the history of the world that has this life of perfection other than Jesus Christ. Those who lived with Jesus and knew Him personally testified that He was without sin. Jesus Himself claimed that He was without sin, and there has never been a single successful impeachment of His claim throughout history.

Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

Very often, when a particular point is of the utmost importance to the Holy Spirit, we will see a principle repeated more than once. In stating once again that the Messiah will find His power to save all men through the Holy life He lives, we see just how important Jesus being without sin is to our salvation. As I have previously stated, if Jesus had yielded to a single sin throughout His life, He could not have been the Savior of anyone.

In order for Jesus to be the Savior of all people, He would need to be perfect just as the Passover Lamb, from the book of Exodus, had to be without spot or blemish.

As Jesus’ life is examined under careful scrutiny, it can be seen that there was not a single failure on His part to keep the entire law of God perfectly. Jesus came to submit His life to God under the Law, so that by perfectly fulfilling the law, He could transfer His righteousness to us, if we would believe upon Him for our Salvation.

Galatians 4:4-5 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

Romans 8:3-4 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Not once in the New Testament is there any attribution of sin accounted to Jesus’ life. Even Jesus Himself boldly stated to the Scribes and Pharisees that they could not accuse Him of any sin, nor make any accusation of sin valid:

John 8:46 Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me?

When the angel Gabriel comes to Mary to inform her that this Son who would be born to her will be the Savior of all men, he tells Mary that Jesus will be called The Holy One, the Son of God.

Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.”

Paul wrote that it was Jesus’ Holiness which gave Him the power to defeat sin and death and raise Himself from the dead:

Romans 1:4 Jesus… declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.

Each one of us who have placed all of our trust in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins have appropriated to our account this same Holiness that Jesus possesses. His power and Holiness residing within us will enable us to overcome death and be raised to a new and eternal life, at the moment He comes for us at the Rapture. No one makes it to heaven without being perfect and having fulfilled all the requirements of God’s law perfectly. Because we have trusted in Jesus, who was born under the law and has kept all of the law by perfect holiness, He can exchange all of our sins for all of His Righteousness and make us all perfect; and therefore, qualified to enter heaven.

2 Corinthians 5:21 For He made Jesus who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Peter had lived with Jesus for nearly 3 1/2 years. He carefully observed Jesus’ character, behavior and manner of living. Peter gave his testimony that He was a Holy Servant of God. Later, Peter stated that Jesus’ crucifixion was God’s plan to defeat sin and death, and give to all those who believe in Him the right to be called the sons and daughters of God.

Acts 4:27-28 For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done.

When Peter was confronted with his own sin, he observed the perfection of Jesus and pronounced to Him that He should have nothing to do with a sinner such as he.

Luke 5:8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”

The fulfillment of this 27th Old Testament Prophecy is found in the above verses from Luke 1:35 and Acts 4:27-28. Jesus was born without sin and He lived a perfect life without sin. His flawless life was offered up to God for the payment of all our sins. His sacrifice was accepted by God as signified by His resurrection from the dead. The right to be the Messiah and Savior of the world came from His holy life. There has never been, nor will there ever be, anyone else who could rightly claim that they were without sin. Therefore, only Jesus is competent to be the Messiah and the only One that we should trust for our salvation and eternal life.

It is not narrow minded nor unreasonable to state something that is absolutely true. God provided the only person in the history of the world who was capable of saving us because He lived a perfect and Holy life. Because only Jesus has a flawless life, He is the only way to heaven. The fact of the Messiah’s life without sin is predicted in this 27th Old Testament Prophecy and fulfilled by the Life of Jesus Christ, as attested to in the New Testament.

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