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Death Before The Resurrection & Christ's Descent into The Underworld

Matthew 12:40

40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

There are many things that Christian's debate about and what Christ did between his death and resurrection is one of them.

We can begin understanding that our Lord had and has a Human Spirit.

What is our Soul (Human Spirit)?

From the death of Adam onward God had to have a place (or dimension) for all of the souls of men and women to go until Christ and the resurrection. Enoch and Elijah were the only known exceptions.

Remember God sees at of time/history/everything all at once. He knows what is going to happen throughout all of human history and he takes care of all things.

So when Christ died on the Cross his soul/human spirit went to Sheol like all human spirits did at that time. But Christ was also "God Incarnate"! God's attributes include his presence everywhere. Therefore he knew whom he had placed on which side of Sheol. God knew the righteous and the unrighteous.

The Apostle's Creed is Secondary to Scripture

The fact that Christ as part of his Passion needed to descend to "Sheol" and confront the powers of darkness is scriptural and not only illustrated by "The Apostles Creed".

Matthew 12:40

40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Acts 2:27

27 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,

you will not let your holy one see decay.

The claims that The Apostles Creed is incorrect are examples of how scripture has been diluted and poorly understood. Modern day scientism and secular denial of the supernatural reality of life have infiltrated everything, including theology.

The Apostles Creed reinforces scripture.

If we are to understand Christ and the Kingdom of God we must get past this major error in what happened from Christ's birth until his resurrection and now his living presence in Heaven at the Right Hand of the Father.

At that time The New Covenant began and the destination of Sheol was no longer relevant for believers, they and we will go to Heaven to be with Christ.

When we die we no longer go to the place called "Abraham's Bosom".

Unbelievers however still go to the Place of Torment.

Listen to this excellent sermon from Pastor Allen Nolan at Cornerstone Fellowship. he provides a very clear understanding of what is called "The Harrowing of Hell".

Jesus in Hell: Where Jesus Was Between His Death and His Resurrection | Allen Nolan

"What did Jesus do between His crucifixion and resurrection? What did Jesus do in Hell? Join Allen Nolan for this fascinating look at the death of Jesus, and what the early church believed and taught about Jesus' death. Many today find the topic of Jesus and what He did in Hell to be controversial. ---------- CHAPTERS 0:00 Introduction 1:45 Happy Easter 3:09 3 Days and 3 Nights 4:48 Matthew Chapter 12 Verse 40 7:02 Job Chapter 10 Verses 19 through 22 9:10 Today You Will Be With Me in Paradise 10:00 Luke Chapter 16 Verses 19 through 26 15:00 Sheol's Two Sides 16:55 Death in Old Covenant 18:50 The Apostle's Creed 22:24 Acts Chapter 2 Verse 27 24:42 Ephesians Chapter 4 Verses 8 through 10 27:57 Early Church Fathers 35:45 Liberal Theologians 37:18 Mosaic Sacrificial System 38:48 Death in New Covenant 41:20 Is God in Hell? 42:59 Revelation Chapter 14 Verses 9 through 10 44:28 Jesus said It Is Finished! 49:47 Why Does This Matter?' from video introduction

What or Where is Sheol?

"Sheol" in Hebrew means the "place of the dead". It was understood at that time, prior to Christ (Old Testament), when people died their Soul went to Sheol.

Death as we know it is abnormal and not what was originally designed by God. Therefore the construct that God created to handle where all people's souls went after death, from Adam onward was very different to what we understand in this covenant time.

The word used by the original translators for this place was "Sheol". The place was in another dimension, perhaps in the earth we do not know.

"Sheol" was the place God kept separate the souls of the wicked and the souls of the righteous.

The profound nature of this reality should make you think deeply about your life and your sins!

Do you know where your souls will be after you die? Think about it.

Now is the time to contemplate this and to cry out to God! Pray to God for cleansing of your sins, confess and change your behavior. Ask for help to change your behavior. God is waiting and does not want any to perish!

What Happens After Death?

"Within the Christian faith, there is a significant amount of confusion regarding what happens after death. Some hold that after death everyone “sleeps” until the final judgment, after which everyone will be sent to heaven or hell. Others believe that at the moment of death people are instantly judged and sent to their eternal destinations. Still others claim that, when people die, their souls/spirits are sent to a “temporary” heaven or hell to await the final resurrection, the final judgment, and the finality of their eternal destination. So, what exactly does the Bible say happens after death?.." from the article: What happens after death?

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