bkmitchell — 2017-09-15T12:05:22-04:00 — #1
In your opinion what does 1 Peter 3:18–20 mean when it says that Jesus went and preached to the spirits in prison?
(1) Who or what are the spirits?
Are, the spirits of fallen Angles? Humans from the past?
(2) Why did Jesus preach to them?
(3) What did Jesus preach?
(a) Did he preach the gospel so that they might be saved?
(b) Did he come to inform them that they were already saved because salvation had come?
(c) Did he come to preach judgment on them?
(4) Where is this prison?
(a) in Hell/Hades/Sheol?
(b) In some type of purgatory
(c) in the land of the undead?
dave_l — 2017-09-15T17:50:55-04:00 — #2
Jesus preached through Noah to those later destroyed in the Flood who are now in chains of darkness waiting judgement?
gao_lu — 2017-09-15T18:52:32-04:00 — #3
If you happen to have the Bercot's In A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs: you will see that early on, good Christian men were all over the map on this one. My flighty opinions on the matter probably hover over about the same topography, but that dove hasn't set her foot to rest on this matter yet.
bkmitchell — 2017-09-15T19:00:25-04:00 — #4
Gao Lu, thank you for chiming in on this thread and confirming that this passage has been a one that men/women of faith have struggled over.
(EDIT/POST SCRIPT: thank you for altering me to the existence of the fascinating resource mentioned above. A few minutes ago I acquired a license to faith-life/Logos edition.)
gao_lu — 2017-09-15T20:49:20-04:00 — #5
That dictionary really is amazing, one-of-a-kind as far as I know.
Here is a better link for anyone interested.