If Jesus died for sin, why did He not remain dead? Why didn’t God kill Satan instead of Jesus?

Two interesting theological questions posted on FB:

1) If Jesus came to die for man’s sins, why didn’t he stay dead after death?

2) Why didn’t God kill satan, the cause of man’s problems, instead of killing his innocent son?

Christian response,

1) Jesus only died in body, not in Spirit and Jesus’ death atoned for mankind’s sin but His resurrection was as the “first fruits” of those who would die and be resurrected in like manner (1 Corinthians 15:20; Philippians 3:21). Jesus set the standard, paved the path for our resurrection, provided the example for us concerning the resurrection that is to come (John 5:29).

2) Satan is an angel, angels do not die (Luke 20:36) and God did not destroy Satan for his sin and rebellion because to do so would have negatively affected God’s relationship with the remaining two-thirds angels that did NOT follow Satan in the rebellion. Had God simply destroyed Satan, the remaining two-thirds would no longer love God via free will but out of fear and view God as arbitrary and wicked – a God who compels love as opposed to displaying love and receiving same; also, true love and relationship cannot exist in fear; in fact, God the Father commissioned the Son, Jesus Christ, to create the Heavens and the Earth as a repository for Satan apart from the Kingdom where nothing impure is permitted to exist (Rev 21:27) and God the Father is dealing with Satan here, partially constrained by Time and physics, as the Son of God, Jesus Christ, entered Time specifically to “destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8b).

God will maintain volitional love with the faithful angelic creation as God has defeated the evil and objectives of Satan through God’s own selfless love via the Gospel as demonstrated at the Cross and first pictured in Genesis 3:21. Satan’s objectives were defeated by Jesus at Golgotha and Satan, the fallen angels, the False Prophet, the Beast, will receive eternal torment in Hell subsequent to the Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ and the faithful angelic creation, having witnessed the horrors of Satan’s deception upon the Earth for 6000+ years, will fully concur with God that their former boss, an anointed cherub angel in direct service of God at the time of the rebellion, does deserve punishment in Hell, forever (Revelation 20:10).

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