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  1. Harriet Colborn
    April 24, 2013

    I am studying theology at the moment ( a PhD scholarship I miraculously got after I started walking seriously with God again). I have come across the scripture verses of Jesus preaching to the spirits in prison, but have never understood it till today. I feel I cannot get enough of the Word. I just want to know more so I can teach others. Thank you for teaching me today and God bless.

  2. Donna Williamson
    August 1, 2013

    Absolutely love your teaching on I Peter 3:18-20!!!
    God bless your work for His glorious Kingdom here on earth within His children.

  3. Rony
    August 21, 2013

    For sure you explained this very well many sects use the very chapter in supporting their beliefs, yet if we do take it the way they say it would contradict the other bible verses. So thanks very much.

  4. simon zamasiya
    September 2, 2013

    this is amazing, to see how the bible interpret itself. I am now comforted for so long i have struggled searching for an interpretation, for many were excluding the bible principal of interpretation “preciept upon preciept”. This has rely exalted our GOD, The GOD of order and not comfusion. My GOD keep on opening His deepest things, written within the page of the bible to all that earnest seek His word.

  5. Gary Washington
    September 4, 2013

    1 pet3:18 said he was put to death and after that he went and preach to the spirits in prison. 1 Peter 4:6 said he preach to them that (ALSO)are dead. So where were the dead?

    • Will Fults
      September 5, 2013

      Hi Gary,
      Good question 1 Peter 4:6 says “For this reason the gospel was preached also to those who are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.” Notice here that these individuals who were preached to could be made alive according to God in the spirit. Who can be dead but made alive according to God in the spirit? Paul writes of those who were dead but who were made alive in Ephesians 2:1-3
      “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.”

      Notice here that these individuals were spiritually dead but not physically dead. Thus they could be granted eternal life. Some may ask, could these individuals be people who died lost but then received a second chance? No for it is written “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27) Therefore these individuals must be spiritually dead individuals who had the opportunity to hear the gospel and repent. The Bible often refers to the dead and those who are living but are spiritually dead for the Bible says

      ” Then He (Jesus) said to another, “Follow Me.”
      But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”
      Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:59-60) Certainly we would not think the literal physically dead could bury their own dead, therefore it must have a spiritual application. Paul also writes of this when he says

      “And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses” (Colossians 2:3)

      Thus we see the wonderful working power of the gospel in its ability to transform unholy sinners into holy saints who “keep the commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12) May you brother Gary be among that number and may the Lord bless you as you follow Him!

  6. Brent
    November 4, 2013

    I appreciated the explanation of preaching to the Spirits in prison. It fully commends itself to me.

  7. Eric
    January 5, 2014

    Thank you for your biblical explanation of this verse. It was very helpful.

  8. kayode
    March 6, 2014

    Thanks very much brother for explanation of this difficult verse. You are a blessing to the body of christ, keep it up and the lord will make you deep more and more in his word in Jesus name.

  9. ulda rivera
    April 10, 2014

    Very good, I’m a Bible story teacher and this commentary helped me a lot. Thank you very much and God bless.

  10. Jon Holland
    April 21, 2014

    Enjoyed this study as well as your comments addressing the question Br Gary Washington had. I had the same question.

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