What Did Jesus Do In Hell?

Commentary by Jack Kelley

“I believe in God the Father Almighty Creator of Heaven and Earth and in Jesus Christ, his Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty” (Excerpt from the Apostle’s Creed).

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Flesh, Bone, And Blood

Q.  In your article “Believe in Your Heart”, you mention that Jesus walked with His disciples, talked with them, ate with them and permitted them to touch Him to assure themselves He was not just a spirit, but a man with flesh and bone.  Paul writes that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 15:50).  So after the Rapture, will our glorified bodies no longer have flowing blood and a pumping heart?

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Why Isn’t Jesus Still In Hell?

Q.  I was asked this question and don’t know how to respond.  Since Jesus died for our sins that should have brought eternal separation from God. How is it that He is sitting at the right hand of the Father and not still serving “time” for us now?

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Two Resurrections

Q.  In Matthew 27:52-54 we see a resurrection of saints, either OT or those saved during Jesus earthly ministry who passed away. Am I correct in teaching that the first resurrection is a kind of resurrection (resurrection unto, or of  life) and not just the number order, although it is that as well, and that there are phases to it?

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Rapture / Resurrection Bodies

Q.  I have a question regarding the rapture.  I get the impression from books, commentary I have read, and from bad movies I have seen that when the rapture occurs all those who are in Christ will disappear from the earth, however I don’t understand why God would have any use for our physical bodies.  It seems to me that when the rapture occurs God will receive our spirits and that the corpses of all those who believe will the left on earth.  Is my understanding incorrect?

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New Bodies For Old

Q.  Some bodies of deceased believers have been cremated and/or destroyed via explosion.  Others have been devoured by wild animals, and still others by fish and other creatures of the sea.  Are these the same bodies that Christ will make new during the rapture?  Or, do you think that Christ will make completely new bodies for those believers?

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What Changed Them?

Q.  Perhaps I am missing something on your site, but what I have not seen is how the days after our Lord’s resurrection really changed the lives of the disciples.  It seems to me that they were convicted up until the moment of the cross, but didn’t realize until the resurrection everything Jesus was here for.  They seemed to waiver back and forth in their faith through out their time with Him, but as soon as they saw Him after the resurrection they absolutely believed, to the point of death.

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About The Lord’s Burial

Q.  Mark 16:1 says spices were bought after the Sabbath for anointing Jesus.  Luke 23:54-56 seems to say that spices were prepared to anoint the body before the Sabbath.  If Jesus was crucified on Thursday there would be two consecutive Sabbaths where no work was allowed.  I am confused about this.  Can you help clarify it?

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