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The eighth line of the Apostles' Creed reads, "He descended into hell. , Romans , and Ephesians to demonstrate Christ's descent to hell. Christ spent his three days preaching the Gospel to the Old Testament believers . Jesus in Hell - Did Christ go to hell during His time in the grave? the LORD Jesus Christ when He addressed the thief who found faith the day Jesus was delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment" (2 Peter 2: 4).
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Christ's "Descent" to Hell. There are three notable perspectives: Christ spent his three days suffering the wrath of God. Christ spent his three days proclaiming his victory over the Satanic kingdom. Christ spent his three days preaching the Gospel to the Old Testament believers who dwelt in a separated portion of the netherworld. Newsletters Facebook Twitter Donate Contact. Blue Letter Bible is a c 3 nonprofit organization.
Cite this page MLA format. Share this page using one of these tools: Or email this page to a friend: If you disagree with my conclusions, let me know. I believe that true Christians can disagree on this issue and remain faithful siblings in the faith. These four passages seem to support the idea that Jesus entered hell between Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday:. These five passages seem to counter the idea that Jesus went to hell between death and resurrection:. Hades was considered the place of death between this life and final judgement.
Hades was said to be under the earth, below, or in the grave.
Hell was considered the place of final Judgement the lake of fire prepared for the Devil, his angels, and those who reject Christ. Notice in Revelation Therefore, it is important for us to realize that Hades is understood to be a place of death during the time of waiting between now and the final judgement, when Hades will be judged and cast into a place of eternal pain and torment which is called Hell, or Gehenna. With this background that Hades the grave and Hell Gehenna are two different things, we will be better prepared to understand the scriptural evidence and interpretations below.
The verse in question is Acts 2: This is possible, but entirely unclear from this one passage. Left to itself this is not enough evidence to conclude Jesus went to hell. Nothing is said about why He would have went there, or what He would have done while He was there. In context, Paul is talking about how faith should be lived out here on earth — in Christian unity.
The ambiguity of the passage can leave a couple of interpretations. First, Jesus descended to the region below the earth — which could be Hades. However, it would be wildly out of context from what Paul is talking about in the rest of this letter. Paul is talking about the ascension. His emphasis is on Christ being lifted-up as our example for maturity, faith, fullness, unity, and love. The second possible interpretation is that Jesus descended to the region below — which is the earth. In this interpretation, Ephesians 4: That God humbled himself and descended to the earth to be an example for us in how to live in the Kingdom of God.
This interpretation is without assumption, and fits perfectly within the context of Ephesians 4. However, if we take this verse in context it quickly crumbles. Peter is arguing in this passage that people would be wise to consider how they are living.
If verse 6 were describing a second chance for those who were dead to receive the gospel, then why such a stiff warning? Rather, in context — and without assumptions — it seems clear that Peter meant that there are those who are now dead who heard the gospel while they were alive , but because of their love for wild living they are now subject to judgement.
Therefore, we should live, not according to the body, but according to the Spirit. Many Bible scholars have said that this is the most difficult passage in all of the New Testament to interpret. Who am I to argue? There seem to be three prevailing interpretations of this passage in Biblical Scholarship. All of them — every one of them — have problems. The third interpretation, however, seems to be the most credible and fits the context. First, there are some who assert that Peter is being symbolic. The problem with this view is that he seems to be direct and not very symbolic in his language.
If this is only a metaphor, Peter missed an important opportunity to let his readers know that is what he is doing.
They argue that Jesus went to this prison during his entombment and proclaimed the gospel to the wicked dead — those who rejected salvation in the days of Noah. The problem with this view is that it entirely ignores the context of suffering in 1 Peter 3, and would give those who rejected God in the days of Noah a second chance at salvation. What about others who rejected God before and after Noah? A second chance for unbelievers after death is rejected throughout the Bible.
Instead, the Bible seems clear that Old Testament saints were credited for their faith, even though Christ had not yet suffered. The third interpretation of this passage contends, that the messengers of the gospel — who are now suffering for Christ — are suffering just like Noah, and just like Christ.
Many Bible scholars have said that this is the most difficult passage in all of the New Testament to interpret. Christ spent his three days preaching the Gospel to the Old Testament believers who dwelt in a separated portion of the netherworld. What implications does this have for Holy Week? Daily Bible Reading Plans x. Descensus Christi ad Inferos , "the descent of Christ into hell" is the triumphant descent of Christ into Hell or Hades between the time of his Crucifixion and his Resurrection when he brought salvation to all of the righteous who had died since the beginning of the world.
In context, Peter seems to be saying that Christ, by the Spirit, through Noah proclaimed salvation to those who are now in prison, before they died. In the same way, we are proclaiming a message of salvation in our generation by Christ and through the Spirit.