Debate Question: "Did Jesus Go To Hell Between His Death And Resurrection?"


Reader, do you believe Jesus went to Hell? There is a great deal of confusion in regards to this question. This concept comes primarily from the Apostles' Creed, which states, “He descended into hell.” There are also a few Scriptures which, depending on how they are translated, describe Jesus going to “hell.”

Many preachers/pastors/teachers have taught down through the years that Jesus’ spirit descended into hell after His death on the cross.

Basing this idea on Ephesians 4:8–10 and 1 Peter 3:18–20, most of those who have taught that Jesus’spirit went to hell after His death has said that He went there to proclaim judgment to sinners and/or rescue the saints of the Old Testament. 

Today, many in the Word of Faith movement teach that the crucifixion was insufficient to atone for our sins and that Jesus also had to suffer three days of torment in hell. I know what I believe but what do you all believe, did he go to hell?

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  1. "Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

    Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?

    He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)"
    Ephesians 4: 8-10

    It looks to me when he "ascended", he led captivity captive.

    Some teach he "descended" to lead captivity captive.

    This is NOT TRUE!

    The Scriptures said "He ASCENDED".

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  2. ASCENDED MEANS TO GO UP. ACCOUNT TO WEBSTER'S DICTIONARY. AND ACCESS TO GOOGLE. AND ME BEING EDUCATED AND KNOWING HOW TO READ AND KNOWING HOW TO ASK GOD ALSO. FOR WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING OF HIS HOLY WORD. NO OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST DIDN'T GO DOWN HE WENT UP. THESE PREACHER'S NEEDS TO STOP PREACHING THERE OWN AGENDA FOR HYPE . LEADING FOLKS ASTRAY. MISINTERPRETING GOD'S WORD.

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  3. The short answer to this question is: "No." The biblical authors were more accurate in their use of words than some of our Bible translators or creed writers. There are two Greek words for the abode of the dead. (Greek is the language in which the New Testament of the Bible was originally written.) Hell (Geenna in Greek, also called the lake of fire and the eternal fire) was made for the Devil and his minions (Matthew 25:41) and will be occupied by all the unrighteous after the last judgement (Revelation 19:20-21 and 20:10-15). There is no biblical evidence that anyone has gone there or will go there until after Jesus' Second Coming (Revelation 19:11-16). This includes Jesus Himself.

    The other Greek word is Hadas (from which we get the English word Hades). This is the region of the dead. Before Jesus' ascension, the spirits of all people went to Hades. After His ascension, only the spirits of unbelievers go to Hades, while the spirits of believers go directly to be with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:1-8). It is into this region that Jesus entered after His crucifixion (Acts 2:25-31 in which Peter quotes from Psalm 16:9-10). Ephesians 4:8-10 says that Jesus, "had descended into the lower parts of the earth." This may also speak of Jesus' visit to Hades before His ascension. Finally, Romans 10:7 refers to Jesus in "the abyss" while He was among the dead. After the final judgment, Hades will be cast into Hell (Revelation 20:14). Therefore, the longer answer is: "Yes, Jesus descended into Hades but not into Hell."

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  4. See the parable of Lazarus and the rich man in Luke 16:19-31. Also reference the thief on the cross: Luke 23:38-43. Lazarus was in Abraham's Bosom the thief went to paradise. Where did the Old Testament saints go who died in faith? Where did the disbelievers from the flood go? The place of the dead is divided The Jews referred to this place as paradise or Abraham's Bosom for the righteous, Sheol (Hades in Greek) for the unrighteous. This is commonly referred to as hell, but not in the classic sense that we refer to which is the Lake of fire (Rev. 20:10). Also not in the sense that the Word of Faith teaches. He indeed led captivity captive He preached His victory on the cross to all, led the righteous to heaven. He did indeed go to Hell, but again not the lake of fire which we tend to think of when referring to Hell.

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  5. I just read I Peter 3:18-19 (KJV): "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: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison."

    The meaning of quickened is to be made alive.

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