“By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison.” (1 Peter 3:19)
Those Bible students who accept the doctrine of human immortality interpret this verse as meaning that, during the time his body was in the tomb after the Crucifixion, the spirit (or soul) of Jesus went to Hell, considered by them to be the abode of the spirits (or souls) of wicked people of earlier generations, and preached the Gospel to them. (This alleged journey by the disembodied soul of Jesus is referred to in the Apostles’ Creed by the sentence: “He descended into Hell.”)
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Author: P. H. Adams
Keywords: Spirits in prison, Hell, Hades, Soul, Spirit, Preaching to the dead, Preached to the dead, Souls in prison, Dead people, Preaching to spirits, Preaching to souls, Preached to spirits, Jesus preached to the dead, Jesus preached to the spirits, The Flood, Days of Noah, Immortal soul, Immortal spirit
Bible reference(s): 1 Peter 3:19
Source: “Difficulties in the Daily Readings,” The Testimony, Vol. 21, No. 246, June 1951, p. 192. Used with permission.
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