The Spirits in
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In what way did
Christ suffer for the unjust?
"For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust,
that He might bring us to God, being put to death In the flesh, but
quickened by the Spirit." 1 Peter 3:18.
By what was He
quickened, or made alive?
"Being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit."
1 Peter 3:18.
By what did He
preach to the spirits in prison?
"By which also He went and preached unto the spirits in prison." 1
What did the
Saviour say He had been anointed to do?
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to
preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to
preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set
at liberty them that are bruised." Luke 4:18.
By whom is a man
taken into bondage?
"For of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in
bondage." 2 Peter 2:19.
Under what is
one thus sold into bondage?
"For we know that the law is spiritual; but I am carnal, sold under
sin." Rom. 7:14.
NOTE. - The prison in which
men are found is the condition in which sin binds them. Christ came to unloose
these bands, and set the prisoners free.
When did the
Spirit of God preach to these "spirits in prison," who were
"Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God
waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing." 1 Peter 3:20.
Did the Spirit
of God try to deliver the captives of sin in the days of Noah?
"And the Lord said, My Spirit shall not always strive with man, for
that he also is flesh; yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years."
NOTE. - The Spirit of God
strove with the sinful antediluvians. It also moved Noah to build the ark, by
which he and his family were saved. Christ came to earth "in the
flesh" (John 1: 14), and in this condition suffered death; but before this
He was always manifested to the world as the Angel, the representative of God.
See Ex. 23:20-23; 1 Cor. 10:1-4. It was in this way that He preached through
Noah to the spirits in bondage, or prison, during the one hundred and twenty
years in which the ark was being prepared.