Who died on the Cross?

Oberland's picture

Hi all,

At our mid week bible study the Pastor said that God (as in the second person of the Trinity) died on the Cross. Instinctively I believed that to be wrong, and so I checked it out, first from the Word and then from trusted sources, I ended up with R.C.Sproul saying that it was impossible for God (the second person of the Trinity) to die, and John Macarthur said that God did die on the cross.I'm hoping that someone could shed some light on the subject.

Thank you


ElderDad's picture

Yes and No

Jesus died physically and was resurrected physically, so even that death was not permanent, but it would be correct to say that was His incarnate body that died. Of course, Jesus' spirit did not die.

Jesus is never said in Scripture to have died to sin, because He was sinless. It is we who are sinful who the Bible speaks of dying to sin. That is the miraculous change that occurs in our lives.

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