July 3, 2022
17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.
Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;
2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.
3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:
4 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:
5 Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.
6 For 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 live
according to God in the spirit.
“For this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, …” “He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to hell. (my emphasis) The third day he rose again from the dead.” (the Apostles’ Creed)
Talk about a ‘mighty salvation’! Jesus went among the dead – even the long dead; back even to Adam and Eve to preach the Gospel. Because we are not held responsible that what we never knew. This should be great comfort for folks who have lost loved ones who didn’t know Jesus. When we meet our Maker, not knowing Jesus is not held against us. Jesus will stand beside each at the Judgement Day and be our Mediator and Advocate. Amen. Amen. Amen.