The Apostles Creed
The words of the Apostles Creed, “He descended into Hell,” are incessantly questioned. The ancient Church has long held that after Jesus crucifixion, He went to the realm of the dead and spoiled it, “trampling down death by death.” Even though there are several passages of Scripture that support this, it is always exciting to find new ones. Here are two verses that I don’t believe I have ever noticed before in this light.
1 Peter 3:18-20 — “For Christ has also once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but made alive by the Spirit: by which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; which were sometimes disobedient, when once the patience of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.”
1 Peter 4: 6 — “Because of this the gospel was preached also to those who are dead, so that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.”