What Jesus Did In Hell

Q. There is a very controversial issue that Christ went to Hades and had an encounter with Satan. Some say that after the death on the cross, Christ went to Hades and suffered more trouble before He was risen. Others maintain that He went and kicked the devil. Please share your views with scripture proofs.

A. The best argument that Jesus didn’t endure further suffering in Hell is the Bible doesn’t mention it. It does however mention three things that make this view impossible.

The first is in John 19:30 The last word Jesus spoke from the cross was recorded by John. In the Greek language it’s teleo, translated it is finished. It means to bring to close, or end. It was also a legal term that appeared on paid invoices and the documents accompanying a prisoner’s release upon completion of his sentence. When used that way ,it meant “Paid In Full.” If Jesus had further suffering to do, He couldn’t have used that word.

The second and third ones are from Peter’s first letter. 1 Peter 3:18-20 tells us that Jesus visited the unsaved dead from the time of Noah during those 3 days, and 1 Peter 4:6 says that He also preached to the saved dead. Obviously He couldn’t have done this if He was enduring additional punishment from Satan.

So if the Lord thought these things were important to mention, why would he have omitted the far more important fact of His continued suffering on our behalf, unless it didn’t happen. He went into the abode of the dead as a conqueror, telling those who had died in faith that their faith had saved them, and to get ready to leave .

Some believe that the disobedient spirits of Noah’s day are the fallen angels whose offspring, the neplilim, almost got control of the entire planet and were a major cause of the Great Flood. If so, He likely told them to abandon any hope of ever being freed.

As for going there to defeat Satan, that too had already been done. Colossians 2:15 tells us that “having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” The phrase “powers and authorities” refers to Satan and his kind.

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