Christ (c. A.D. 30) Preaches to Prisoners in the Afterworld

Descent of Christ to Limbo,” by Andrea di Bonaiuto [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

In one of the most hope-filled passages of scripture for us humans, Peter tells us Christ preached to prisoners in the underworld, held since Noah’s day. Just what Christ preached to these dead rebels we cannot say, but evidently He in some way applied the Gospel to their situation (that the just suffered for the unjust) which suggests hope for at least those who died in the flood without knowledge of Christ. Whether this has any bearing on others who died without knowledge of Christ we will not speculate.

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1 Peter 3:19-21

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; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing…