DID GOD DIE ?
“Death as applied to human person refers to the SEPARATION of soul from the body. Whereas death that is applied to soul means cessation of existence of activity or existence.”
Right after Christ died on the cross, His soul went to the abode of the dead as it can be read in 1 Peter 3:19 :
“By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; “
Thus, here we come to understand the glaring theological fact that God died in the person of Christ but that His soul continued to exist and still could wander right even after death. As death is never a reality of annihilation or total destruction but a mere separation of the spiritual from the carnal.
The points thru which we demonstrate the reality are the following :
1. The Divinity of Christ is united with, and is inseparable from the humanity.
2. Death refers to the separation of SOUL from humanity, and not ” soul from Divinity”. He who preaches in the abode of the dead is a Divine Soul. A nature that wills is a PERSON.
3. The Divinity is possessed by the SPIRIT unto which the humanity is assumed from the first moment of existence of Christ in the womb of the Ever Virgin.
4. Christ’s Soul is likewise assumed unto the dominion of the Divine Spirit. The Soul and Spirit are now confluent, they become one.
5. The humanity of Christ has no existence of its own not until it was assumed into the dominion of the Divine Soul.
6. Natures are abstract.
7. Hypostasis comes from the two greek words, HUPPO which means “UNDER” and STASIS which means standing.
8. The two natures subsist in the Hypostasis or Person of Christ, or, much clear to say, “under the standing” of the Person.
9. Thus, a Person is always the subject of the actions or activities that operate thru either or both the divine nature and human nature.
10. Natures answer the question WHAT while Persons answer the question WHO.
11. Natures don’t die. Persons do.
12. Incarnation is inseparable from Redemption.
* After He assumed human nature, God is now made subject to suffering and death, because the two are real operations thru a human nature. Although suffering and death may denote negativity for the subject of which is God, these two did not make God any less of a God as His DIVINITY is immutable or unchangeable.
His Divinity had never changed even after He became Man. Thus, nothing was added to, nor anything was lessened from His Divinity from the moment He became Man.
A light will always be a light no matter how small or large the size of a window thru which it passes. And so if applied to the case of God — God will forever be God even if He transcends another dimension, be it a lower dimension such as the world of created beings. His DIVINITY is like the light that passes thru a window which remains to be unchanged and unchangeable.
Thus, when God became man, that reality then should never be treated as anything like a question of Divinity, rather a question of place or dimension. From infinite heaven to finite earth.
The same analogy is applied to His death. His death is never a question of Divinity but of a dimension. His Divinity still resided in the soul even after death. There was indeed one particular change that had to take place upon death, but the change was not as to the Divinity but rather to the dimension — from earth down to the abode of the dead.
* There can never be Redemption without the Incarnation. The death of God is our Redemption from sins. But the real question now is, WHO then died anyway —
A. Jesus who is a mere man ?
B Jesus who is both God and Man ?
The answer now lies in how much orthodox theology you have earned out of fighting heresies like Nestorianism.
Jesus never has been two separate Persons. There was never a HUMAN Person in Christ as it has clearly been mentioned earlier that His humanity is rather assumed into the dominion of His Divinity right from the first moment of His own conception. Thus, it should always be counted on Jesus that He is but a DIVINE Person.
But, one may still insist, “Would it be valid to ask the question WHAT died in Jesus ? “
* Definitely not. The question is silly and sounds so comic. Would anyone dare question — what died in Jose Rizal at the very moment a gunshot aimed at his back ?
So then, as for any cases of death be it by individual or by a number, the question that has to be asked as normal is, WHO DIED anyway ?
THE COUNCIL OF TRENT puts it :
” It is God who died. God born of a Virgin.” ~ The emphasis on God’s Death is made thru the emphasis of God’s becoming man thru the bones and flesh He acquired from His Mother.
God died thru the operation of soul unto which humanity is assumed. The moment His soul went separate from His body, He died. Death is made possible for God because He had two natures. A reality of Separation will always presuppose more than one factor.
If God in Christ is pure spirit He shall never die. But if God is just a man Christ, then He is never God, but just a man — a hallucinative man perhaps. But that Jesus is both God and Man. So separation is possible such as to say that the God who died on the cross is God-man but then again and unchangeably forever, He is and remains to be God. And this ought not to be figurative as Jesus is real, the nail is real, the cross is real and so is death. God died literally on the cross.
It is not a question of what but WHO.
CFD LAS PIÑAS FORMATION
Jan 27, 2019