SUBJECT: Jesus Christ, Sin and Eternal Life
QUESTION: If the penalty of sin is eternal death and
Jesus took our sins why didn't Jesus die eternally?
The simple answer to your question is that it was NOT in
God's will to do so. God and Christ have an overall plan
for mankind. The plan extends far out into eternity. It
was not God's will to die eternally. What purpose would
The penalty of eternal death is something applied to humans
who sin. Jesus did NOT sin. He could have because He was
human but He did not. He died for our sins so that we might
have an opportunity at eternal life. It was enough for Him
to die for our sins. It serves no purpose for a God being
to stay dead eternally to accomplish this purpose. It is
unthinkable that a God being would do so. Asking a God
being to do this would be considered blasphemous.
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and
death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all
The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith,
Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of
1 John 3:5
And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins;
and in him is no sin.
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the
forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
1 John 1:7
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have
fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ
Son cleanseth us from all sin.
Note: We see
that Jesus died to take away our sins and it was
accomplished by the shedding of blood and not eternal
death. Jesus was, if fact, taking away eternal death. If
you take away sin, you take away eternal death. There is,
of course, much more to the plan and the story such as our
calling to enter into a Salvation Process where we each
overcome sin and become more like Jesus Christ
ON ETERNAL DEATH
For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye
through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye
lived through the Spirit and did mortify the deeds of the
body. He lived.
And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the
righteous into life eternal.
Note: Jesus was
righteous and therefore was showing two important elements
by his death and resurrection. 1) that sin results in
death, something He came to take away; actually to show us
the procedure for avoiding. 2) that a righteous life of
overcoming sin and becoming like Christ in every way we can
have eternal life.
There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy:
who art thou that judgest another?
Note: Christ is
the one who has power over eternal life and eternal death.
2 Thessalonians 1:7-8
7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord
Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not
God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Note: Part of
the reason for His coming to earth in the first place was to
spread the gospel and the process of
Salvation which everyone who has ever lived will at one time
or another be given. If they fail in this Salvation
process, then verse 8 applies.
21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth
them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.
22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all
judgment unto the Son:
23 That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour
the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the
Father which hath sent him.
24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word,
and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life,
and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from
death unto life.
Note: Jesus will
quicken whom he will. Everything that is done by God and
Christ are done by their will. Jesus is the main element in
eternal life for the rest of mankind.
No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I
have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it
again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
Note: Only Christ
has power over the resurrection and eternal life.
19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple,
and in three days I will raise it up.
20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple
in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?
21 But he spake of the temple of his body.
stated that He would be dead only 3 days and 3 nights. This
is the reason He did not remain dead eternally. Clearly it
was not necessary for Him to be dead eternally. It is still
also clear that if we refuse eternal life through the
Process of Salvation, then we will also experience eternal
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