Does One Receive a Second Chance in Hell?
Questions and Answers with Irvin Baxter
Vickie – KS
I have a question on 1 Peter 3:18-22. It’s a difficult passage and I had a friend tell me that his minister said that it means we have a second chance when we go down to Hell because of that scripture. It shows that Jesus went to hell and it says, “Through whom also we went and preached to the spirits in prison who preached long ago.” I am really troubled by it and I wanted to know your interpretation, because I had never heard that view before.
Like you said, it’s a difficult passage. I don’t want to give it a light dealing with so let me read it,
For Christ also once hath once suffered for sins, just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the long suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water
(1 Peter 3:18-20).
There are a lot of people that put all kinds of twists and turns and interpretations on this. My opinion is that this passage talks about He’s quickened by the spirit and by the spirit He preached to the spirits in prison. I believe that was through Noah, back in the Old Testament and then it goes on to say, whereas eight souls were saved by water. And then verse twenty-one, the like figure whereunto even baptism also doth now save us. It’s almost like the flood; there were eight souls that were saved in spite of the flood through the water. And it says likewise, we are saved. Baptism doth now save us by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. So it’s my opinion that he’s talking about in the spirit, through Noah, he preached to the people in Noah’s day and the one’s that rejected him were destroyed and eight souls were saved.
Like you said, it’s a debatable passage that a lot of people have thought a lot of things about it. This is my personal opinion of the passage.
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