Did Jesus Descend Into Hell?

Great people teach others not just how to live, but also how to die.

One Pastor's Thoughts . . .

Evidence for this Doctrine Comes From Two Sources

1. The Scriptures
2. Historical Interpretation of the Scriptures


The Scriptural Evidence is pretty light . . . see the following:

The Historical interpretation of the doctrine has been immortalized in the original version of the apostle's creed. Later versions, as you will see, delete the words “he descended into hell.” I think that later scholars believe there is not much biblical evidence for the doctrine.

Scriptures
Psalm 16:10
10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

Eph 4:8-10
8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

Apostles Creed
THE APOSTLES' CREED TRADITIONAL VERSION Affirmations of Faith #881
I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried;* the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

* Traditional use of this creed includes the words: "He descended into hell."

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