Jeff Bartell

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Did Jesus go to hell?

Acts 2:31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.

Where did Jesus go for the 3 days and 3 nights that he was in the grave?  His body was in the tomb.  His soul was in hell.  That seems to bother people.  Jesus certainly can’t go to hell, can He?!  Let’s look at the evidence.

Acts 2:27 (from Psa. 16:10) and Acts 2:31 clearly state that his soul was not LEFT in hell.  For that to be possible, His soul had to have been there – at least for a little while.

Can God be in hell? Of course He can!  Psalms 139:8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

Ephesians 4:9-10 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) Jesus clearly went into the “lower parts of the earth” before His resurrection.

Matthew 12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

What is in the lower parts of the earth?  Hell.  Hell is always described as being “down” or, “beneath.”

Proverbs 15:24 The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.

Amos 9:2 Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down:

Ezekiel 32:27 And they shall not lie with the mighty that are fallen of the uncircumcised, which are gone down to hell with their weapons of war: and they have laid their swords under their heads, but their iniquities shall be upon their bones, though they were the terror of the mighty in the land of the living.

Isaiah 14:9  Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.

At the time of Jesus Christ, hell, the center of the earth, had two compartments.  There was the place of torments and there was Abraham’s bosom.  Luke 16:22-23 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.  Abraham’s bosom is also referred to as paradise.  Luke 23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

What did He do there?  He proclaimed victory over sin, death and His enemies.  1 Peter 3:18-19 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;

He led “captivity captive” – in other words, He took those souls from paradise (Abraham’s bosom) which were still captive in the earth, and led them out of the earth to be resurrected with Him on the 3rd day.  (Eph 4:8, Matt 27:52-53)

He carried away our sins.  Jesus “bore” our sins “in his own body” (1Pet 2:24).  He is the Lamb of God that “takes away” the sins of the world (John 1:29).  He became sin for us (2Cor 5:21).  So what did He do with them?  When He returns, He returns “without sin.”  Hebrews 9:26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. Hebrews 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

Jesus took our sin upon him and deposited it in hell (where it belongs)!  He then proclaimed victory to the captives and led the faithful out from Abraham’s bosom to be resurrected.  This shouldn’t cause anyone to be upset or surprised.  We need to simply rejoice and give thanks that Jesus loves us so much that He did all that for us!  Thanks be to God!

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When Our Lord said,”My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” That began the 3 hours of darkness. This ‘forsaking’ is hell, compressed by Our Father into 3 hours as before Our Lord died He said, “It is Finished.” I quote Isaiah 54.7-8 ‘ For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back. In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you.’ Our Lord then passed into sheol of the righteous. What we may call paradise. The story of the rich man and Lazarus notes this (Parables never mention a person by name.). As He promised the criminal on the cross. This is partly based on Hebrew language and lore. I refer your attention to 1Peter 3.18-19,’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 who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently…’ To end, I mention that hell is created for the devil and his angels and it’s advent is after the Judgment of shame. I hope this gives light and encouragement to you.


A slight improvement to my previous comment. Our Saviour did not deposit our sins ‘in hell where they belong’, rather He became sin and took the full eternal punishment times by the number He saved before He died. Most translations of Hell are sheol or hades in original manuscripts, when the hell we mean is actually infinitely worse. Jesus called it outer-darkness


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