I’ve been wrestling with if God punishes sin or is the suffering consequence of sin itself our punishment? Case in point, did God curse Adam to death or was God explaining the consequences of Adams rebellion against God and it’s effect on all creation .
The reason why I ask this is Jesus was the express image of the Father, Jesus said I did not come to condemn and he never did condemn sinners. It seems to me that Gods nature is not one of condemnation but salvation from it. The condemnation being spiritual death, again a result of sin not a punishment for it.