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The Spirits In Prison

The Spirits In Prison1 Peter 3:18-22 The mystery of the “spirits in prison” (vv. 19–20) has perplexed students for years and not all interpreters agree on its meaning. Just keep in mind the main lesson of this passage: Christ suffered wrongly, but God honored Him and gave Him glory (v. 22). The rest of this passage describes mainly the good conscience of the believer toward God. As for the problems raised by other parts of the passage, several explanations have been given.
 Some suggest that Christ gave the dead in hell a second chance to be saved, but this is contrary to what is taught in the rest of the Bible. Others suggest that Peter is only saying that the same Holy Spirit who raised Christ from the dead (v. 18) preached through Noah, and that Christ, between His death and resurrection, visited the spirits of these lost people in prison (the world of the dead) and announced His victory. Why Jesus visited these men and not others is not explained.
One good explanation, however, i…

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

October 16: Mercy and Judgment
Ezekiel 32:1–33:33; Revelation 16:1–21; Job 37:9–15

“God is judge,” we like to say—especially when someone is struggling with injustice. When we get to the book of Revelation, though, we might struggle to understand God’s judgment. Yet even as John describes God dispensing judgment, he emphasizes God’s righteousness and loving nature. He tells us we should not forget that God is a righteous judge.
The Bible is unapologetic and straightforward when speaking about God’s judgment. This is especially true in Revelation. Here the judgment God exacts echoes the plagues that He sent on Pharaoh and Egypt in the book of Exodus—blood, darkness, fiery hail, and locusts. Although Pharaoh was given multiple opportunities to obey God’s request, he still chose his own way. By turning the bodies of water into blood, God spoke what Pharaoh should have realized: “By this you will know that I am Yahweh” (Exod 7:17).

Revelation 16 pronounces God righteous not in spite of His j…