DID JESUS REALLY DIE?
                                

What is the scriptural testimony?
  Romans 5:6  For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
  
Romans 5:10  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
  Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Also see Romans 8:34, 14:9, 14:15, 1st Corinthians 8:11, 15:3, 2nd Corinthians 5:14).

Jesus declared, “I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” (Revelation 1:18)

Jesus Himself, after He was glorified and gone to heaven, said that He is the one who was dead.

Who Was It That Died for Us?


Paul wrote,
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation 2758 [“to empty, to deprive of force, of Christ, he laid aside equality with or the form of God”*] , and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name.” (Philippians 2:5-9)

The same one who was in the form of God in verse six died in verse eight. The one who died is the same one who came down from heaven. The one who died was not merely a human part that had never been in heaven, but the same person who was in heaven with His Father.

John wrote these words:
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

The same Word that created all things was made flesh. It doesn’t say the Word somehow took flesh onto Himself, but it says “the Word was made flesh.” That Word is the One who died to redeem us back to God, His Father. The Divine Son of GOD became the Son of man, Divinity and Humanity were joined in one person never to be parted. And the scriptures declare that the Son of GOD died.


WHO RAISED CHRIST FROM THE DEAD?

The Bible says more than thirty times that God, the Father, raised Christ from the dead. Here are a few examples:

Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Galatians 1:1 Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)


IS IT IMPORANT TO BELIEVE THAT CHRIST DIED AND WAS RAISED BY THE FATHER?


Our salvation depends upon the death and resurrection of Christ for our sins. Paul wrote, “
if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9)

Paul said that the gospel that he preached was the following:

1st Corinthians 15:1-4 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;  By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

To say that Christ did not die is to preach a different gospel than what Paul preached; to which Paul said:

Galatians 1:9  As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed [Damned].


JESUS PREACHED TO THE SOULS IN PURGATORY?


1Peter 3:18-20  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, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

When this passage is conjoined with the creeds of Catholicism these verses seems to give a clear indication that Jesus wasn’t really dead, but behind a pulpit in purgatory preaching the gospel to the dearly departed. Yet, this conclusion does not stand the test of scrutiny, in the light of bible truth. Lets break down this passage and see what it is really saying.

1Peter 3:18  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:

Here it is declared that Jesus Christ was put to death in the flesh, but was made alive again by the holy Spirit (Romans 8:11).

1Peter 3:19   By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;

And it was by the Spirit that Jesus also went and preached unto the spirits in prison. When did this occur?

1Peter 3:20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

Jesus Christ preached to the souls prior to the flood.

Now how did Christ do this? The bible tells us that it was Christ through the holy Spirit that inspired the prophets of old.

1Peter 1:10-11
Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:  Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

It was Jesus Christ who preached through Noah a warning of the coming Judgment and offered a way of escape (2nd Peter 2:5). The message was preached to an ungodly generation, where in only eight souls was found worthy to be saved. The generation was slaves, or prisoners to sin and vice. Jesus Christ is the great liberator, if they would of accepted the gospel call of Christ, which was preached through Noah, then they would have been freed from the bonds of that sinful world, and would of inherited a brand new earth.

Did Jesus preach while he was dead to the souls in limbo?

1st Peter 3:19
By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;

“Its full meaning is met by the interpretation that Christ once preached to the spirits then in prison, to wit, in the days of Noah; that is, that he caused a Divine message to be borne to them [through the person of Noah]... .the question will be asked why are they called "spirits?" Were they spirits then, or were they men like others? To this the answer is easy. Peter speaks of them as they were when he wrote; not as they had been at the time when the message was preached to them. The idea is, that to those spirits who were then in prison who had formerly lived in the days of Noah, the message had been in fact delivered... [For an example of the language we can] go among the graves of the first settlers of New Haven, and say, "Davenport came from England to preach to the dead men around us." – BARNES New Testament Notes   

“By the divine Spirit. He went and preached; by Noah. Unto the spirits; which, when Peter wrote, were confined in prison. – Family New Testament Notes

Christ is he who in those days (when God through his patience appointed a time of repentance to the world) was present, not in corporal presence, but by his divine power, preaching repentance, even by the mouth of Noah himself who then prepared the ark, to those disobedient spirits who are now in prison, waiting for the full recompence of their rebellion, and saved those few, (that is, only eight people) in the water. – Geneva Bible Notes

“The plain and easy sense of the words is, that Christ, by his Spirit, by which he was quickened, went in the ministry of Noah, the preacher of righteousness, and preached both by words and deeds, by the personal ministry of Noah, and by the building of the ark, to that generation who was then in being; and who being disobedient, and continuing so, a flood was brought upon them which destroyed them all; and whose spirits, or separate souls, were then in the prison.  JOHN GILL

“Christ went "in spirit" in the person of Noah and by him preached to those who were afterwards held in prison” -- Peoples New Testament Notes

“Wohlenberg holds that Peter means that Christ in his preexistent state preached to those who rejected the preaching of Noah who are now in prison. Augustine held that Christ was in Noah when he preached”. – Robertson’s NT word pictures

What is the prison?

The bible teaches that the wicked are ‘reserved’ unto the day of judgment after which they shall be punished.

2nd Peter 2:9  The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to
reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

The term ‘reserved’ means ‘guarded’ or held in custody.

The term prison that is found in 1st Peter 3:19 means a guarding or watching. Thus Christ through the Noah preached to the persons who died in the flood, whose spirits are now reserved, kept in store until judgment.


GOSPEL PREACHED TO THE DEAD?

John 8:33-36 They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
Jesus by delivering us from the prison of sin also delivers us from the bondage of fear. The greatest fear of the lost is the fear of death.

Hebrews 2:15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

If the sinner would realize that this fear is generated because he is already dead, then he could seek for life before it was too late.

Colossians 2:13   And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses

Ephesians 2:1  And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

Romans 6:13  Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

When Christ Spirit enters the heart, then true life begins, for they live according to God’s principle.

Romans 7:6   But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

Romans 8:10  And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

1st Peter 4:6  For, for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.


                                                  
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