Preaching To The Spirits In Prison -- By: Archibald Eugene Thomson
BSac 69:273 (Jan 1912) p. 142
Preaching To The Spirits In Prison
“Because Christ also suffered for sins once, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God; being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; in which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison, that aforetime were disobedient, when the long-suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing” (1 Pet. 3:18–20).
The Truth About Hades
This lies at the bottom of a correct understanding of the passage in question. In such a study it is vitally necessary to recognize our utter lack of knowledge except as we may gain it from the Bible. No amount of theory or speculation can for a single moment unlock the doors of the under-world and let us see its status.
1. In the Old Testament little is said about heaven ,or hell. They may be inferred, but explicit statements are wanting. The word for “heaven,” שמים (Shamayim), does not mean the abode of the holy dead, but the skies above the earth. God’s
BSac 69:273 (Jan 1912) p. 143
seat of governmental authority was regarded as located there. “The heaven, even the heaven of heavens, is the Lord’s”; “It is as high as heaven, what canst thou know? “It was said of Elijah that he “went up by a whirlwind into heaven.” That was all Elisha knew or could tell. Elijah went up into the sky. What became of him Elisha did not know, though beyond a doubt he believed that his master was with God. Probably f...
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