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


Robert Agbo's picture


Jesus is a divine person with two natures-divine and human. He is not a human person; that would mean he is two persons. His human nature sbsists in his divine person.He is God, since he a divine person.When he died, he died as a person. It is a person, not a nature, that dies.Since he is God in person and died as a person, he died as God. Therefore, when Jesus died, God died in him.
Jesus is God.
Jesus died.
Threrfore, God died.

However,"GOD" has two senses, technically speaking. In one sense, it means the TRINITY-God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, as one inseparable entity,in which sense it is the TRIUNE GOD. In another technical sense, "GOD" means each person of the Trinity. It is in the latter that the death of Jesus is the death of God.
The death of Jesus, therefore, is the death of God as one person of the Trinity, not the death of God as the entire Trinity. It not the death of the entire TRINE GOD, since the Father and the Holy Spirit never died with the Son-Jesus.