I have been debating with a Muslim lady who asked...
You keep saying that Jesus died for your sin? How does this even make sense? How can you believe that your God can even Die???
Tell me XXXX, what is death?
Indeed, you can not understand death until you have first understood life.
First, the penalty for sin is death.
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
And sin is breaking God’s commandments.
1 John 3:4
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
Therefore, to die you must first have lived, so we need to understand how life began.
And the Lord God
(1) formed man of the dust of the ground,
(2) and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life;
(3) and man became a living soul.
‘Mortal life’ is Triune.
1 Thessalonians 5:23
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole
(1) spirit and
(2) soul and
be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
When we die this triune nature unravels...
Then shall the dust [Body] return to the earth as it was:
and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
But as Jobs asks, where goes The Soul?...
But man dieth, and wasteth away:
yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?
For it is the sentient the Soul that shall be held accountable for sin, even for those things it moved the body to do in the days it was clothed with mortal flesh.
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
36 - For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
37 - Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
8 - (for the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:)
9 - that he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.
So how did Jesus pay for my sin?
Well, God the Word [Jesus - John 1:1] being found in the likeness of man...
7 - but made himself [God the Word] of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 - and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9 - Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Died for us when choosing the Cross...
(1) His spirit returned to the Father…
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.
(2) His body was laid in the tomb, though not to see corrupt for He alone had never sinned, but rather had fulfilled the whole of the Law that we had transgressed.
Psalm 16:9 - [Foretold]
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth:
my flesh [body] also shall rest in hope. [As it waited for His resurrection in the tomb]
(3) Then Jesus’ sentient Soul descended into Hades [Not Hell]
Acts 2:27 - [Fulfilled]
Because thou wilt not leave my soul in
hell [Greek: Hades],
neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One[’s body] to see corruption. [As it waited for His resurrection in the tomb]
Who, if He had sinned but once would have been held in Hades by The Law of Sin and Death until the resurrection of the damned unto the Judgement, where having had His sins examined a place in Hell could be assertained worthy of His sins. And the authority that holds the guilty disembodied souls in a state of death [a disembodied soul] in Hades is as already mentioned, The Law of Sin and Death.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
And as the verse states, Jesus conquered The Law of Sin and Death [If you sin you shall die - Gen 2:17] by which Satan gained authority to hold the guilty within Hades in a state of death [A soul stripped of its body] because of His innocence. Thus Jesus broke the power of Death and Hades because it only had authority to detain the guilty in a state of death, who being innocent rose to eternal life taking with Him everyone who had died before the Cross, believing in God’s promise that He would send them a saviour who would pay for their sins and deliver them from the power of that place with faithful Abraham and all the saints, even their Messiah [Greek: Christ] God’s only begotten Son.
Sing, O ye heavens; for the Lord hath done it:
shout, ye lower parts of the earth: [Hades]
break forth into singing, ye mountains,
O forest, and every tree therein:
for the Lord hath redeemed Jacob,
and glorified himself in Israel.
Even raising faithful Abraham, who believing God’s promise was once prepared to offer up Isaac as a sacrifice having been so commanded though all the promises of God were to come through him. And this he did believing that God would even raise the dead to fulfil His promises, which He did then in a type when providing a ram in his stead.
17 - By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
18 - of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
19 - accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
All of which is why it is written...
I am he [Jesus] that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of
Hell [Greek: Hades] and of death.
And we who believe also have ‘the Faith of Abraham’ believing as Abraham that God shall raise us up with faithful Abraham to keep His promises to us ward, even the promise of the Kingdom and life eternal we having been forgiven our sins through a like faith in His Son’s sacrifice for sin.
7 - Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
8 - And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
9 - So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
And so having ‘the faith of Abraham’ I also believe that God will raise me from the dead having been cleansed from all sin through faith in His offering, even Christ His Son crucified. Who shall never see Hades as did Abraham before the Cross... but rather ascend upon death directly to be with the Lord to await that great day when God shall resurrect [In a New Body] me with faithful Abraham, and this to life eternal and a joy without end.
2 Corinthians 5:8
We [Christians] are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body [dead], and to be present with the Lord. [To await our glorious resurrection from the dead.]
For since Christ paid for sin the definition of who is held in Hades has changed with the New Covenant, now no longer defined by sin, for all have sinned but rather defined by if you choose to die in your sins by rejecting God’s only propitiation for sin, even His Son work of redemption upon a Cross.
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
This salvation was once hidden in ‘The Law and the Prophets’ but has been revealed in these last days in the Gospel [The Good News] of Jesus Christ, though first mentioned in Genesis...
and I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed [Antichrist] and her seed [Christ]; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
XXXX, there is so much more I should, and could say regarding this important issue but shall refrain, only to ask you why I should forsake such a salvation to become a Muslim?
If your god offers a better salvation tell me about it as none yet have. And if you can not, then ask yourself why you have chosen to reject God’s only provision for sin to your own condemnation? You having no sure salvation in Islam that you can explain.