We will examine Ephesians 4:8 and 9, “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive and gave gifts to men. Now this expression, ‘He ascended,’ what does it mean except that He also descended into the lower parts of the earth”. We should note that He ascended into heaven after His resurrection, from the earth. Therefore He first descended into the lower parts of the earth. He could only descend to the place from which He ascended. The comparison has to be logical and orderly. Therefore, this ascension does not show any meaning of Him having been in hell. Also, the early creeds did not say “He descended into hell”. This belief did not arise in a creed until the sixth century, in the Athanasian Creed of the Roman Catholic Church that is also now used in the Anglican churches. The use of that creed with its belief that Jesus descended into hell in death, led many other denominations and believers to take on that doctrine. However, it was not the belief of the early church.
The English ManJanuary 9, 2017 @ 6:13 am@Dr. Irene
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What did Paul, Peter and John preach? Was it the Old Testament Law? Certainly, they did base their preaching on the prophecies of the Old Testament regarding Christ and His gospel. Yet that was not what their preaching encompassed. They preached that which Jesus began to preach and that was the gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, as disclosed in the New Testament.