Concordia Theological Monthly

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death, hell, doctrine, scripture, soul

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


Christ’s descent into hell is not a moot or undecided doctrine, upon which no clear light can be shed and which remains the subject for speculation indefinitely; nor is it one the correct or incorrect teaching of which is a matter of indifference. It is embodied in the Apostolic Creed, and with the Church of old we confess: "suffered under ... He descended into hell." It thus becomes a part of our holy Christian faith and one to which wo must subscribe as well as to the foregoing or the following. But while the words "descended into hell" are confessed by practically all of Christendom, yet the churches are by no means agreed on the interpretation of these words. There is, in fact, such a divergence of opinion on this subject, even among Lutheran theologians, that it is well worth while to inquire again into the teachings of Scripture on this doctrine.


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Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

1 Peter 3:18-20; Acts 2:24; Matthew 24:14; Colossians 1:23; 1 Timothy 3:16; Acts 19:13; Mark 1:7; 1 Corinthians 15:11-14; Mark 7:36; Matthew 10:27;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars