by Marvin D. Patterson

Christ Preaching to the Spirits in Prison
Marvin Patterson
1 Peter 3:18-22


A family invited their pastor over for Sunday dinner. After prayer, they were all digging into the very fine meal.

"What lovely meat," said the pastor.

"That's skunk," exclaimed little Johnny.

Dad blushed and Mom told him to be quiet. But Johnny insisted "It is skunk, Mom. I heard you tell Daddy yesterday that you were having that old skunk for dinner."


We come to a very interesting portion of Scripture tonight. We have studied the blessings and benefits of salvation. We also examined the role of the Christian to government, authority, family, and friends. Last week we ended up looking at how to stay secure even in an unfriendly world.

One of the great themes that we see in this great epistle is that the Christian life may involve some suffering. It need not destroy us, for it can propel our faith in God into new territories. We have an example of suffering, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ. He suffered more than anyone has ever suffered. So He is our example on how to handle life when it gets tough.

Tonight, we will examine the substitutionary death of Christ for our sins, but we will also look deeper into what else happened during that three days when He was in the tomb. We know that His body was dead, but was His spirit dead also? Or was He alive in spirit? If so, what was He doing during the time that His body was lying in the tomb of Joseph? These are interesting questions, and we have just the passage that will shed light upon an episode in the life of Christ that many people do not know existed.


1- The Death of Christ
18 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:
We have just concluded a section of teaching on suffering. When we suffer for doing right, then God blesses us with ...

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