Can God Die?
Of course God could die if he wished. The Bible makes it clear, however, that the Father does not wish to die and that he will continue living. He is called by four letters known as the Tetragrammaton (YHVH) which signifies, according to classical usage, an abbreviation of the first letters of the Hebrew verb "to be" which denotes the indefinite past, the continuing present, and the indefinite future. In a word, the name could mean "the Eternal One." And indeed, one of the characteristics of God is the fact that he is the only one who has inherent immortality. The apostle Paul said that God is one "who only has immortality" (I Timothy 6:16).
As for the role of Christ Jesus, we are told that he was the firstborn of all creation (Colossians 1:15) and that through him (or by him – which is perfectly proper to use in this fashion) the rest of the universe was brought into existence (Colossians 1:16-21). But Christ emptied himself of his previous glory and became a human being (Philippians 2:6-8) for the express purpose of living and dying for the sins of all humanity. Christ both died and was resurrected from the dead some three days later. And while Christ was dead, he was very dead. Christ was dead in body; he was dead in soul; and he was dead in spirit (the three component parts that make a human being to be a living person) (I Thessalonians 5:23). Christ only went to the angelic spirits in prison and taught them after he was resurrected from the dead – and this is precisely what Peter said – it was after Christ was "quickened" (that is, made alive again) that he went and preached to those spirits (I Peter 3:18,19).
All human beings except Christ, have sins within their flesh (Colossians 2:11); they have sins of the soul (Ezekiel 18:4; Romans 6:23); and they have sins of the spirit II Corinthians 7:1). For Christ to have become a sin offering to pay for all of mankind’s sins (which he was), he had to die in flesh, in soul and in spirit. And this is precisely what he did. For three days Christ was absolutely dead without a shadow of life in him. He was in the condition that is described in the Book of Ecclesiastes. "The dead know not any thing" (Ecclesiastes 9:5 see also Psalm 6:5). Or, as Psalm 146:4 states: "His breath goes forth, he returns to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish." Accounts of the dead supposedly being alive (like Lazarus and the Rich Man) are parables. The dead are truly dead until their resurrections.
In the case of Christ, he was alive again in three days. As for us, when we die we will remain completely dead and thoroughly unconscious ("his thoughts perish") until the resurrection from the dead at Christ’s second advent (I Corinthians 15:42-56). All the New Testament apostles along with Joseph and Mary (Christ’s mother) are all unconscious in their graves. Any appearance by a spirit calling herself "Mary," is a false spirit and is not telling the truth—the Bible says to avoid such spirits (I John 4:1). Mary is as dead as Adam and Eve and the rest of humanity. Only Christ has had a resurrection to spiritual life (I Corinthians 15:20-22).
One of the most damnable doctrines that was ever forced into biblical teaching from the outside is the teaching of the "Immortality of the Soul" or the "Immortality of the Spirit of mankind." The New Testament states explicitly that only God has immortality at the present (I Timothy 6:16) and that mankind will only achieve the same immortality at their resurrections from the dead at Christ’s second advent (I Corinthians 15:42-54). [See question Eighty-Three for more important biblical teaching on this most important subject.]
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