The Spirits in Prison: I Peter 3:18-20:

Are Spirits in Prison angels or people? First we look   I Peter 3:18 in an accurate and unprejudiced translation: For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit… (RSV). […]

Could you shed some light on 1 Peter 3:18-20?

republished with permission from ROLLER UPDATE #42 – May 25, 2011 QUESTION OF THE MONTH Q: Could you shed some light on 1 Peter 3:18-20? A: I’ll try. Bible scholars are nearly unanimous in saying that this is THE most “difficult” and “obscure” passage in all of Scripture! First, let me state a general principle: […]

The Gospel Preached to the Dead ?

The Gospel To The Dead By J. Eustace Mills from Resurrection Magazine, Volume 94, Number 4, 1991 “Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead. For this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but […]

Great Words In God’s Word: Zoopoieo, “Quicken”

By Sidney A. Hatch in Brief Bible Studies, Vol.9, No. 4, p.18 (1978). “The Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them.” –John 5:21. A great word in God’s word is the Greek, zoopoieo. The King James Version translates this word three different ways, “quicken,” “make alive,” and “give life.” Zoopoieo’s first occurrence is in […]

The Spirits in Prison

Who are the “spirits in prison” to whom Christ preached? ( 1 Pet. 3:18-20). This passage links up with 2 Pet. 2:4 and Jude 6. Note the following: Human beings are never referred to in the Bible as “spirits” without qualification (e.g. “the spirits of just men made perfect”). Angels and demons are referred to […]