Can a Spirit being die?
Can A Spirit Being Die?
More exactly: Can a Celestial Being (a Divine Being, or a God) die? If Yahshua the Messiah pre-existed as a Celestial Being (a Deity), or as a 'Spiritual Being' before the Cosmos was created, was it possible for him to die on the tree (pale, stake)? Let's let the Scriptures answer this question.
"And Yahshua answering said unto them, the sons of this age marry, and are given in marriage, but those who are accounted worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage, for they cannot die any more, because they are equal to the angels; and are sons of Yahweh, being sons of the resurrection." (Luke 20: 34-36, RSV).
We see that the messengers (angels) serving Yahweh cannot die. Once resurrected, those (accounted worthy) will be "equal to the messengers (angels)" in that we cannot die either. Why is this? It is because they are sons of Yahweh, being sons of the resurrection. But when do they (we believers) become spirit beings?
Is this the same as becoming "sons of Yahweh?" "But some man will say, How are the dead raised up, and with what body do they come? So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body" (1Cor.15: 35, 42-44).
It is at the (first) resurrection (after the first physical death) that we become a spirit being - that we obtain a spiritual body. Please notice the following things that happen at the (first) resurrection:
1) We are raised in power
2) We are raised in glory
3) We are raised in incorruption
4) We are raised to immortality (1 Cor.15:52)
5) We are raised equal to the messengers (angels)
6) We are raised to become sons of Yahweh, being sons of the resurrection
7) We are raised with a spiritual body
8) We are raised to immortality (so we cannot die any more).
Luke says those of the first resurrection cannot die. Synonyms of "cannot die" are "incorruption" and "immortal." Paul says those of the first resurrection come forth as spiritual bodies and are incorruptible and put on immortality. Accepting the statements of both Luke and Paul, we find that spirit beings cannot die. When did Yahshua become a spirit being? The Scriptures have the answer.
"And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam [Yahshua] was made a quickening [life-giving] spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual" (1Co.15: 44-46).
This clearly indicates the Messiah was not a spirit being before he was physically born. The physical (body) comes, then the spiritual (body). When was Yahshua determined to be the son of Yahweh? Just as we will be sons of Yahweh by our resurrection from the dead, so Yahshua was determined to be the son of Yahweh "by his resurrection from the dead" (Rom.1: 3-4).
Once mortal man receives immortality (a spiritual body) he cannot die. Are Celestial Beings any less? We must conclude, then, that a Celestial Being cannot die - in the past, the present, or in the future. Therefore, Yahshua was not a Celestial Being nor did he pre-exist as a 'spiritual being before the world existed.' He did not exist until his physical birth - except in the plans of the Father - plans that were made from the beginning, just like you and I existed in the plans of the Father. Yahshua, however, is and will always be the only "begotten" Son.
"Who verily was fore-ordained [in the plans] before the foundation of the world, but was manifest [made known, appeared] in these last times for you," (1Pe.1: 20). "That which is born of flesh is flesh, and that which is born of Spirit is spirit" (John.3: 6). It is one or the other. No son of Yahweh can be both at the same time. Is Yahshua in His "now" glorified state Deity? If we define the word Deity as a celestial being which cannot die, and which has supreme authority, then yes, Yahshua Messiah would be Deity. The Son has been given authority (John 5:21). The Father Yahweh has given the Son to have "life in himself" as the Father Himself has (John 5:26). So if one wants to use the word Deity, then yes the Son Yahshua is now Deity. The Son is a distinct Deity from the Father, but with the Father's authority.
Original Author is unknown (General Document Revision, by A.O.Y., Cascade)
Presented for aletheia, by the Assembly of Yahweh, Cascade
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