The death of Jesus is never called “sleep”
Jesus died but did not perish. The death of Jesus is never called “sleep”. Those who die outside of Christ will perish on judgment day. Those who die in Christ will sleep until Jesus comes and raises them from the dead.
The punishment for sin is death, not only what happens before death. The wages of sin is death. The soul that sins shall die. The degrees of infinity thing does not impress me much, if people who talk about that are saying that the non-elect being punished are never quite punished enough, even when they are punished more than others.
David Wells, Christianity Today, March 20 1987 — “If God is as good as the Bible says, if his character is as pure, if his life is as infinite, then sin is infinitely unpardonable and not merely momentarily mischievous. To be commensurate with the offense, God’s response must be correspondingly infinite. Annhilationism instead looks instead for a finished, finite, temporal response. An infinite response, however, is what we see happening at the cross. Was Jesus annihilated? Jesus could exhaust infinite punishment because he himself was the infinite God? Jesus did not bear a punishment MERELY LIKE that which sinners deserved. Jesus did not bear a death that was MERELY ANALOGOUS to theirs..”
Mark: To be “commensurate”, is Jesus still dying on the cross and will He do so forever?
If Jesus is not still dying on the cross, how is His death even LIKE that of non-elect people dying but never getting dead?
Where does the Bible talk about “infinity”? And where does the Bible talk about the suffering before the death being “infinite”? When did the “infinite punishment” of Jesus begin and when did it end?
If Christ only suffered an equivalent of “eternal torment in Hell”, does that mean that God’s (nominalist) grace arbitrarily (merely, only) “accepted” the punishment of Christ as the same?
Since the punishment of the non-elect will never be finished, does that mean that the punishment of the non-elect will never be infinite?
Since there will always be more to repay, does “I will repay” mean that “I will have never repaid”?
If duration of the pain is the real punishment, why is there any need to die after that punishment is done?
If the punishment is never done, so that the condemned can never die, why does the Bible teach that the wages of sin is death?
When you translate, the result is a translation.
When you destroy, the result is destruction.
When you finish dying, you are dead.
If you never finish dying, you are not yet dead.