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Jesus in hell? What did Jesus do between the cross and the resurrection. Anyone who says they know for sure the exact details of everything Jesus did between the cross and the resurrection may be exceeding what is written. The Bible only gives us a little bit of light in Ephesians 4:8 and 1 Peter 3:19.
1 Peter 3:18–19
18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison…
Therefore it says, When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.”
This question is sourced in the belief that we’re really not that bad – because we really don’t understand God’s law and how severely we have broken it.
You can’t get 10 seconds or 10 inches into the 10 Commandments without seeing how completely bad we are by God’s standards. Isaiah 64:6 says, “Our righteousness is as filthy rags” in God’s sight. The very things we believe would commend us to God are the things that are most despised in His eyes – because those are the things that make us think we don’t need Jesus.
Judge Not | But What About Separating Truth From Error
If we’re not supposed to judge other Christians, how can we separate truth from error or restore a fallen brother? Well, when God says, “Judge not lest you be judged.” Or “Judgment is without mercy to the one who shows no mercy.” Or “The same measure that you use will be used on you.” All of those are very strong, God, down to us, “Get off my property.” So the big thing in not judging is that’s God’s job, and if I was you, I wouldn’t get between the hammer and the work on that. God is very much in the process of assessing all of us. Each one will give an account of himself to God, and that’s why it says in I think 1 Corinthians 4, “Judge nothing before the time, for the time will come when the Lord will bring to light the hidden things of darkness. Then each one’s praise will come from God alone.” So the main reason why we don’t judge is because it’s God’s job, not ours. And why is it God’s job? Because God sees everything, we don’t. God waits till the end, we wanna do it now. Okay. And we’re supposed to be focused on ourselves, not on others. Now, with that as a backdrop, God is really saying, “Let Me do My job.”