Jesus Preaches to Those in Prison

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1 Peter 3:18- 20  Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned , but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit. So he went and preached to the spirits in prison— those who disobeyed God long ago when God waited patiently while Noah was building his boat. 

1 Peter 5:6  But remember that they will have to face God, who stands ready to judge everyone, both the living and the dead. That is why the Good News was preached to those who are now dead  —so although they were destined to die like all people,  they now live forever with God in the Spirit.  

Ephesians 4:8-10  Wherefore he saith, When he ascended on high, he led captivity captive, And gave gifts unto men. Now this, He ascended, what is it but that he also descended into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.

Some interpretations of 1 Peter state that Jesus preached to the dead before the flood when they were still living, through Noah.  It appears that in Ephesians, Paul is saying, no he went to the prison of the dead and preached to them.  He preached,  Peter wrote,  so they could live according to God in the spirit.   This is a very powerful thought to ponder.  If Jesus preached to the dead and they could then live in the spirit for God, what is this “prison” after death for non believers?  Looking forward to your comments! 

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