From His Word..
"As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says:
“When He ascended on high,
He took many captives
and gave gifts to His people.”
(What does “He ascended” mean except that He also descended to the lower, earthly regions? He who descended is the very One who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)
So Christ Himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, [the gifts He gave to His people]
to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ."
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED, BELOVED, WHAT CHRIST DID DURING THOSE THREE DAYS OF BURIAL?
Descended is the word, but yes. Paradise was once a compartment under the earth where the righteous souls were until Jesus died for our sins and rose again. He preached to the fallen angels there proclaiming His victory. Now those righteous souls are with Him in heaven. Paradise is now empty, its contents being removed to heaven.
See:THE FIFTH COMPARTMENT is called Paradise (Luke 16:19-31, 23:43). It is a place of comfort, water, and bliss. It was where the righteous souls and spirits lived after leaving their bodies at physical death. All the righteous went into this prison and were held captive by the devil against their will (Hebrews 2:14,15; Ephesians 4:7-11). The devil had the power of death and of the underworld before Christ conquered him. (Colossians 2:14-17; Revelations 1:18) It was into this prison that the penitent thief and Jesus went on the day they died. Luke 23:43, Matthew 12:40, Ephesians 4:7-11 make it clear that Paradise is located in the heart and lower parts of the Earth. Christ not only went into his prison, but He also went into Tartarus and preached to the angels. In fact, He conquered death, hell and the grave during his crucifixion and during the three days He was in the underworld. He rescued all the righteous souls who were in Paradise and took them to Heaven when he ascended on high. He now has the keys of hell and death. Ever since that time, the righteous go directly to Heaven (2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:21-35; Hebrews 12:23; and Revelations 6:9,11
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Question: "Where was Jesus for the three days between His death and resurrection?"
Answer: 1 Peter 3:18-19 states, "For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit, through whom also he went and preached to the spirits in prison." The phrase, "by the Spirit," in verse 18 is exactly the same construction as the phrase, "in the flesh." So it seems best to relate the word "spirit" to the same realm as the word "flesh." The flesh and spirit are Christ's flesh and spirit. The words "made alive by (in) the spirit" point to the fact that Christ's sin-bearing and death brought about the separation of His human spirit from the Father (Matthew 27:46). The contrast is between flesh and spirit, as in Matthew 27:46 and Romans 1:3-4, and not between Christ's flesh and the Holy Spirit. When Christ's atonement for sin was completed, His spirit restored the fellowship which had been broken.
First Peter 3:18-22 describes a necessary link between Christ's suffering (verse 18) and His glorification (verse 22). Only Peter gives specific information about what happened between these two events. The word "preached" in verse 19 is not the usual word in the New Testament to describe the preaching of the gospel. It literally means to herald a message. Jesus suffered and died on the Cross, His body being put to death, and His spirit died when He was made sin. But His spirit was made alive and He yielded it to the Father. According to Peter, sometime between His death and His resurrection Jesus made a special proclamation to "the spirits in prison."
To begin with, Peter referred to people as "souls" and not "spirits" (3:20). In the New Testament, the word "spirits" is used to describe angels or demons, not human beings, and verse 22 seems to bear out this meaning. Also, nowhere in the Bible are we told that Jesus visited hell. Acts 2:31 says that He went to "Hades" (New American Standard Bible), but "Hades" is not hell. The word "Hades" refers to the realm of the dead, a temporary place where they await the resurrection. Revelation 20:11-15 in the NASB or the New International Version give a clear distinction between the two. Hell is the permanent and final place of judgment for the lost. Hades is a temporary place.
Our Lord yielded His spirit to the Father, died, and at some time between death and resurrection, visited the realm of the dead where He delivered a message to spirit beings (probably fallen angels; see Jude 6) who were somehow related to the period before the flood in Noah's time. Verse 20 makes this clear. Peter did not tell us what He proclaimed to these imprisoned spirits, but it could not be a message of redemption since angels cannot be saved (Hebrews 2:16). It was probably a declaration of victory over Satan and his hosts (1 Peter 3:22; Colossians 2:15). Ephesians 4:8-10 also seems to indicate that Christ went to “paradise” (Luke 16:20; 23:43) and took to heaven all those who had believed in Him prior to His death. The passage doesn’t give a great amount of detail about what occurred, but most Bible scholars agree that this is what is meant by “led captivity captive.”
So, all that to say, the Bible isn’t entirely clear what exactly Christ did for the three days between His death and resurrection. It does seem, though, that He was preaching victory over the fallen angels and/or unbelievers. What we can know for sure is that Jesus was not giving people a second chance for salvation. The Bible tells us that we face judgment after death (Hebrews 9:27), not a second chance. There isn't really any definitively clear answer for what Jesus was doing for the time between His death and resurrection. Perhaps this is one of the mysteries we will understand once we reach glory.
Recommended Resources: Jesus: The Greatest Life of All by Charles Swindoll and Logos Bible Software.
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