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Did Jesus really go to hell?

q.gif (1639 bytes)    Where in the Bible does it discuss Jesus going into hell?


a.gif (1659 bytes)   Ephesians 4:7-10 says, “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)” I Peter 3:18-20 says, “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.” We see that the Lord went and preached unto the spirits in prison (the ones who were disobedient in the days of Noah).

There are two important things to note. Number one, JESUS DID NOT GO TO HELL TO SUFFER FOR OUR SINS. Please note the previous question and answer.






No, Jesus did not go to hell after He died on the cross. First, because of where He said that He would be that very day. Luke 23:39-43 says, “And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, TO DAY SHALT THOU BE WITH ME IN PARADISE.” He would be in paradise — not in hell, that very day.

II Corinthians 12:2-4 tells us that “paradise” is the “third heaven” — not hell. “I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one CAUGHT UP TO THE THIRD HEAVEN. And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) How that he was CAUGHT UP INTO PARADISE, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.”

Secondly, there was no need for Jesus to go to hell after He died on the cross. On the cross He said, “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, IT IS FINISHED: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.” (John 19:30). It was the shedding of His precious blood that paid the terrible price for our sin. Hebrews 9:22 says, “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.” Ephesians 1:7 says, “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.” Suffering in hell cannot take away sins. If His pure, righteous blood could not redeem our souls, then there would have been no hope for us. No amount of suffering in hell can take away one sin. That is why people that go to hell can never get out. No amount of suffering can take away even one sin.




The second important thing to note is that when Jesus preached to those disobedient spirits in prison, He did NOT offer them a chance to get out of hell. The Bible is very clear that when a person is cast into hell, it is for ever and ever.

Luke 16:22-26 says, “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; NEITHER CAN THEY PASS TO US, THAT WOULD COME FROM THENCE.”

Have you repented of your sin and placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ? It is through His precious blood that we have victory!

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