Did Jesus visit Hell?

Question: What does the Apostle’s Creed mean when it says that Jesus descended into Hell?

Answer: Sometimes the word “hell” has been used to designate the place of the dead (alternatively called Sheol or Hades). Jesus indicates in Luke 16:19-31 that there are two areas in the place of the dead, one a place of torment and the other a place of comfort (“Abraham’s bosom”). Another name for this place of comfort is “Paradise”. Jesus told the thief on the cross who believed, that he would be with him in Paradise that day. That means that Jesus’ spirit went to the place of comfort, Abraham’s bosom, or Paradise immediately upon death. What he did there we do not know, but when he ascended into heaven he must have taken all the believers with him, because now when believers die their spirits go immediately to Jesus in heaven (2 Cor. 5:6-8; Phil. 1:21-24).

Randall Johnson


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