Many theologians preach and believe that Jesus went to hell after his death on the cross. However, according to this Christian man who also the has a Youtube page called “Bible Flock Box”, says this simply isn’t true. He points out in 1 Peter 3:18-20, saying it states in that Jesus preached to the spirits in prison. This verse is an example of why many people assume Jesus did descend into hell, that he preached to the spirits in prison. However, according to this Biblical expert, that is not what the verse is speaking of because hell doesn’t even exist yet in that form.
Matthew 13: 49-50 “…at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”
This verse above implies that only after the end of the world and Christ’s second coming will the wicked be thrown into hellfire. Therefore, Jesus couldn’t have gone to hell after he died on the cross.
What is the other explanation then of 1 Peter 3:18-20? What did it mean for Jesus to speak to the spirits in prison? This is talking about disobedient people who lived in the days of Noah. The people living in Noah’s who were called “spirits who are in prison” were simply people who had not repented of their sins or had them paid for through Jesus’ sacrifice and death on the cross.
The verse in 1 Peter 3 where it talks about Noah seems to imply that Noah is the one who preached to the spirits in prison. Jesus comes in because he came to set them free, setting all free, even those who lived in the time of Noah. In other words, Jesus’ sacrifice set them free eternally many years later but Noah preached to them in person.
Honestly, when it comes to interrupting the Bible many people have different views on what the scriptures mean. However, ABOVE ALL we encourage you to READ YOUR BIBLE so you can interrupt them yourself.
In the mean-time, watch the video below as the man explains it how he understands it.