HUMANITY DIED, DIVINITY NOT DIED – LITERAL DEATH?

The book “Trinity” from Andrews University, which serves as a reference for many theologians for the “argumentation” of the Trinity, comes literally from the other side!

On its title page is a picture with a ‘triquetra’ pagan-druid-catholic symbol. This book teaches that Jesus “did not” literally die on the cross, but “only” His garment of the human mortal body and that Jesus “awakened” Himself because He was “alive” in the grave!

  • Satan suggested to his mind that if Jesus was the Son of God he could not die.” {Ellen White: 3SP 231.1}

Nowadays, this Satan’s suggestion has been accepted, and unfortunately raised as a loud shout! This “truth” has since been quoted like the Bible by much of the Adventist leadership. We remember our youth. Did any preacher ever believe that Jesus did not literally and in every way die on the cross? What do the controversial quotes really say?

  • “I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of My Father.“ {John 10:18}

The phrase “Humanity died, Divinity did not die” along with all the other quotes does not mean that Jesus did not die completely for us! The authority to “lay down life” does not mean that he was not laid down, but that Jesus himself could decide whether to give his life for us! “To take life again” means that that life during his sojourn in the tomb was not in Jesus because otherwise, he would not have had to take it back!

The power to “take it again” means that Jesus, as a Divine Being overcame sin on the cross and that he had the inalienable right to take back His Divine life and heavenly Divine position, i.e. receive from the Father, because he received that authority (right) from the Father! The term “life in self” means the absolutely immortal Divine life, which in the whole universe is possessed only by the Father and the Son. Since Jesus laid down this life and His Deity with the Father and came in mortal nature, we read that this is why God the Father restored that Divine life to Him at the resurrection:

  • “The salvation of souls was the great object for which Christ sacrificed His royal robe and kingly crown, the glory of heaven, and the homage of angels, and laying aside His Divinity, (after that) came to earth to labor and suffer with humanity upon Him.” {Ellen White: RH, 21. November 1907}
  • “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear thevoice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. For as the Father hath life in himself; so HATH HE GIVEN TO THE SON to have life in himself.“ {John 5, 25.26}
  • Humanity died; divinity did not di.e. In His divinity, Christ possessed the power to BREAK THE BONDS OF DEATH. He declares that He has life in Himself to quicken whom He will.” {Ellen White: 1SM 301.1; FG1.317}

Jesus is not a sinful being and is not subject to the chains of death, nor should he break them for Himself! Jesus gave His life through His free decision. The term “bonds of death” means the fact that fallen mankind was forever bound by that eternal death. It has nothing to do with Jesus’ personal resurrection, nor does it mean that He resurrected Himself! 

Breaking those chains of death is the result of His sacrifice! 

One Divine Being with complete Divine nature possesses absolute and indestructible immortality as well as the impossibility of any temptation and falling into sin. Therefore, when Jesus came to earth, He left all immortal Divine attributes except His Divine Person. Jesus could not replace it with a human one, because He is only a Divine Person! There were no two Persons, man Jesus, and God Jesus so we can say that Jesus died only as a man. No Being contains two Persons!

And that explains the meaning of the expression that Jesus on earth was 100% God and 100% man within nature. 100% Divine referred to His Divine Person, Who was not part of human nature. Thus, Jesus could literally and completely die for us, and yet at the same time, as God, take the price of our sins upon Himself! Jesus could have died through the death of His human body because the human body became one with His Divine Person. 

There are several quotations, which describe Jesus with the complete Divine nature under the human garment. This applies to all eternity, i.e., after His sojourn on earth and resurrection. That is why Ellen White writes quite clearly that Jesus kept only the Divine character on earth:

  • “Jesus Christ ‘counted it not a thing to be grasped to be equal with God (the Father).’ Because divinity alone could be efficacious in the restoration of man from the poisonous bruise of the serpent, God himself (the Father), IN his only begotten Son, assumed human nature, and in the weakness of human nature SUSTAINED the CHARACTER of God, vindicated his holy law in every particular, and accepted the sentence of wrath and death for the sons of men.” {Ellen White: YI, February 11. 1897}

Although Jesus as the Person remained God, He voluntarily reduced the capacity of His knowledge to the human level, to be under the same temptations as we are, with no advantage over us. That is why we read in the Bible that Jesus as a child with human nature grew in knowledge and wisdom.

  • And Jesus INCREASED in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.“ {Luke 2:52}
  • He came as a helpless babe, bearing the humanity we bear.” {Ellen White: Ms. 21, 1895}
  • “Divinity not died” primarily referred to the Father, Who was in Jesus! Jesus’ Divine Power in Him during his sojourn on earth, God the Father was present in Him:
  • “To wit, that God (the Father!) was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.“ {2 Corinthians 5:19}

This explains the words in the verse below:

  • “For in Him DWELLETH all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.“ {Colossians 2:9}

The fullness of the Deity in Jesus was the personal presence and power of the Father in Him! That is why we read the word “dwelleth”, i.e. that it is not Jesus himself, but the Father, who dwelt in the land of Jesus! God the Father left Jesus before he died. The Divine Person of Jesus is without the Divine Body, i.e. nature and without the presence of the Father’s fullness and power completely died.

  • “And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?“ {Mark 15:34}
  • “And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit: and having said thus, He gave up the ghost.“ {Luke 23:46}
  • “Jesus, when He had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.“ {Matthew 27:50}
  • Yield the soul, i.e. to restore His Spirit means that she died, not that she literally “slept.” Jesus did die and rise again:
  • “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.“ {Philippians 2:8}
  • “But we see Jesus, Who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man.“ {Hebrews 2:9}
  • “As a member of the human family, He (Jesus) was mortal.” {Ellen White: RH, September 4, 1900}
  • He suffered the death which was ours, that we might receive the life which was His.” {Ellen White: DA, p. 25.2}
  • “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that Heroseagain the third day according to the scriptures“ {1 Corinthians 15:3.4}
  • “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God (the Father) hath raised Him from the dead, THOU SHALT BE SAVED.“ {Romans 10:9}

Because the verse above says that we will be saved if we believe that the Father raised the Son Jesus from the dead. Thus we can see that the rejection of the biblical truth about Jesus’ sacrifice through literal death is a direct rejection of salvation! That is why the latest “argument” that Jesus “was not” dead but only in a dream, “because” an angel addressed Him with a call in the name of the Father, to rise (“Alone”), is absolutely unbiblical! The biblical expression “Jesus slept in the tomb”, and therefore “was alive” is taken as “evidence”. The Bible, on the other hand, makes it clear that death is a symbolic dream:

  • “These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.“ {John 11:11-14}

God’s prophet Ellen White inspired the following words in the context of literal death as the price of our sins:

  • “The justice, the moral excellence, of the law must be maintained and vindicated before the heavenly universe. And that holy law could not be maintained at any smaller price than the death of the Son of God.” {Ellen White: RH, 15 November 1898}

The modern science of the Trinity claims that if Jesus on earth fell to any temptation, then He would return to heaven with a completely Divine body without completing the mission, and the earthly human garment would di.e. That would then mean the existence of two Jesus! In contrast, Ellen White writes that His risk of death was eternal:

  • “If one single sin had tainted His character the stone would never have been rolled away from the door of His rocky chamber, and the world with its burden of guilt would have perished.” {Ellen White: Ms. 81, 1893, p. 11, Diary entry for Sunday, July 2, 1893, Wellington, New Zealand}
  • “Remember that Christ risked all; “tempted like as we are,” he staked even his own ETERNAL existence upon the issue of the conflict.” {Ellen White: General Conference Bulletin 1st December 1895. Art. B, par. 23 ‘Seeking the Lost’}

Did Jesus separate from His Divine nature when He was completely dead on the cross? Did the apostle Paul separate from his human person when he died? No, he will also rise as a man Paul, with the same thoughts as before death, which according to the Bible is only a dream. Likewise, after His death as a Divine Person, Jesus slept in the earthly tomb of His earthly human nature and rose again as a Divine Person.

If Jesus was only half-dead, in the sense of dying only the robe, i.e. of human nature, he could not be resurrected, because the resurrection of someone who is only partially dead is not a resurrection. The Trinity teaches indirectly that sin is not defeated. Why? Because, if he was only partially dead, Jesus did not really rise up or pay the price of our sins, and thus sin and death would not really be defeated! The Bible clearly tells us that Jesus overcame our sins and our death and that those who believe in Him will also overcome sin and death by His power.

In the meantime, the leading authorities of the Trinity introduced even deeper apostasy instead of repentance for the new evidence of their overthrown doctrine of the Trinity, claiming that Jesus “did not” die and that by suffering on Golgotha he wanted to “symbolically show” us His love. Sin blinds more and more, as did the Pharisees, who eventually killed their Savior even though they possessed all parts of the truth about the Messiah in the Old Testament… 

Yet even this description throughout the chapter boils down to just an attempt to explain Jesus ’nature on earth along with quotes from the Bible and Ellen White. Even in eternity, we will not be able to understand what the Divine really remained and was in Jesus besides the presence of the Father! But that does not mean that we have the right to construct a new God who is not. The written message summarizes that Jesus could have been tempted on earth as much as we are and that he could have died in every sense like us because otherwise, he would not have paid the price of our sins.

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