Christ Descended Into Hell

By Pastor Glem Melo

Jesus told the thief on the cross, “Today, you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43). Therefore, I don’t believe that Christ “descended into hell” after he died. Instead, he went to heaven to be with the Father (verse 46), and the thief went with him.

But I do believe and confess with all my heart that Christ our Savior “descended into Hell.”

The Crucifixion, seen from the Cross, by James TissotBut when?

On the cross.

I believe that on the cross, Christ suffered the fullness of God’s wrath, and that is hell.

You see, if Christ “descended into hell” after his death then his soul suffered hell, but not his body. This would mean then that there is no atonement for our bodies, and we are only half saved.

That is not what the Bible teaches us. We read in Matthew 27:45-46,

There was darkness over all the land… Jesus cried out with a loud voice… “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

In the Old Testament, darkness is a sign of God’s displeasure and judgment (Exodus 10:21-23; Amos 8:9). It is a vivid picture of the great and horrible torments that Christ suffered for us on the cross.

And then our Savior’s anguished cry… Psalm 22:1 from his mouth.

We can only conclude that, on the cross, cursed and forsaken, our Savior went to the lowest depths of hell and suffered the fullness of God’s wrath as our substitute, body and soul. On the Cross, the Sinless One who bore our sins “descended into hell.”

Therefore, united with Christ by faith, we have full confidence and rest. In him, we have total and complete salvation, body and soul.

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About Glem Melo

I am a believer and follower of Christ, happily married, and have 3 wonderful kids. I am the founder and CEO of Open Eyes Mission, under the care of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) Chicago Metro Presbytery, pastoral intern at Faith Church in Dyer, Indiana, and studying Master of Divinity at Mid-America Reformed Seminary. The Bible teaches that God is real, man is sinful, hell is real, and Jesus is our only hope of salvation. I believe these truths with all of my heart, and I hope to help others learn of them as well. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16) May God give you grace and peace. Glimar "Glem" Melo www.glemmelo.com www.openeyesmission.org
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One Response to Christ Descended Into Hell

  1. Glem Melo says:

    Reblogged this on Pinoy Presby and commented:

    On the cross, Christ “descended into hell.” Therefore, all who believe in him are saved, body and soul.

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