by Brian Fletcher

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He Descended into Hell (2 of 2)
Series: Apostle's Creed
Brian Fletcher
1 Peter 1:1-9

The third day he arose from the dead.''

The phrase ''descended into hell'' was actually added at a later date in the fourth century. The phrase has caused much controversy. Some claim that it creates a whole theology around Christ preaching to the dead in hell and giving them a second chance at salvation. That view however, does not fit with the rest of Scripture.
The way we are going to understand it today is that it means Christ actually died. His death was not a simulation, but was certain and real.
As John Piper says,
''There is no textual basis in the New Testament for claiming that between Good Friday and Easter Christ was preaching to souls imprisoned in hell or Hades.''

''The third day He rose from the dead.''

The implications of the resurrection of Christ fills volumes and volumes of books and years and years of sermons. Today, we are going to concentrate on one particular passage and begin to chip away at the tip of this enormous iceberg. God gives us theology and truth in order that we would know Him and be encouraged to live the life He has given us. When we look at this letter from Peter to the churches scattered throughout Asia minor we are reading encouraging words to believers who were facing difficult circumstances, trials and even persecution. Peter writes some very deep and profound theology because our lives are founded and lived out from this theology. Many people will try and take their life experience and then create a theology that fits it. That is not how the Bible wants us to understand life. The Bible gives us truth and theology and then we are to interpret our life experiences through the lens of this theology.

1 Peter 1:1-9

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