Hell 5

Posted: July 27, 2017 in Hell
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This week, most Christians know that Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead after three days, but where
did Jesus go during those three days?

1 Peter 3:19  …He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit, through whom also he went and
preached to the spirits in prison who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah
while the ark was being built.

Jesus descended into hell for three days and preach to the unbelievers of the past.  He may have pro-
claimed the gospel or he may have made a declaration of victory or both.

Contrary to some Christians belief, Christ DID NOT descend into hell to bring early believers out of a place
called Abraham’s Bosom.  There is no such thing as Abraham’s Bosom- a so called good area of hell that
held believers until the time of Jesus.

The false idea of Abraham’s Bosom comes from Luke 16:19-26.  These scriptures are a story or parable to make a
point.  Jesus often spoke in parables.  The phrase Abraham’s Bosom is never mentioned.  The great chasm
between the rich man and Lazarus refers to the separation between hell and heaven (heaven is where Abraham re-
sides) and not the separation between hell and some holding place where Abraham supposedly resided.

Again, there is no such thing as a holding place.  Reading 2 Corinthians 5:8 Apostle Paul says “We are of good courage, I say, and prefer to be absent from the body and home with the Lord.”  Believers go immediately to
heaven and nonbelievers go immediately to hell.

Next week we will conclude our study of hell.

Thank you so much for reading. God bless.

Jeff

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Comments
  1. If all the good souls, who died before Christ, could immediately go to Heaven, then what was the point of His descent into Hell at all? To change bad souls to good? That seems impossible to reconcile with the point of the parable you allude to… If it’s not true that one can’t cross “the chasm,” then the parable is emptied of all its force. More importantly, what was the point of dying on the Cross, if not to open the gates of Heaven by paying the debt of sin that all men owed through the fault of Adam? Your view also seems to run up against Zechariah 9:11 and Colossians 2:15 quite explicitly.

    What do you think?

    • Hi Christian Renaissance Movement, I hope things are well and your faith is strong. I’d like to respond to your 7/27/17 comment. You said if a person can’t cross
      the chasm, the parable is empty of it’s force. Remember, this parable is not referring to a person who is lost and can’t come to know Christ. Of coarse they can.

      This parable is an example of a person already in hell and how bad it is. Luke 16:26 says “no one can cross over.” Once in hell there is no crossing over into a
      better place. It was so bad that the person asked if Lazarus could warn his family of this place “hell.” Luke 16:31 “He said to them, ‘If they do not listen to
      Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.”

      Thanks and God Bless.
      Jeff

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