Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Apostles' Creed: Descended into the dead, rose on the third day

With election season in full swing and no good candidates leading, it is good to hear some good news  Here is the next step in Recovery following the twelve divisions of the Apostles' Creed from tradition.

The first part: he descended into the dead.  I came from a tradition that says he descended into hell.  Most just say Hades.

The important thing is that he truly died.  Jesus took the complete punishment for my sins and for the sins of all his elect believers and suffered God's wrath on the cross in my place.

I do believe he experienced the hell that the reprobate will experience for eternity, but he experienced it all on the cross.  He did not go there after he breathed his last breath.  He was immediately in Paradise with the thief who was next to him on his cross.  But indeed, he truly died.  He did not fake it.  It was not an illusion.  God the Son really died and suffered God the Father's wrath.

Part two: He rose again on the third day.  He wasn't even dead three days.  One evening, one whole day, and then Sunday morning, he was alive.  His body was alive, people touched him, watched him ate, and he partied with his disciples for 40 days.

Recovering?  Remember that he did both of these things for you if you believe in him.  Believe on him and you will be saved.  You, too, will rise from the dead.  The people you love who have died who believed in him will rise from the dead.  In fact, everyone will rise from the dead and then some will go to eternal punishment while God's redeemed experience eternal live and an eternal kingdom ruled by God on this earth and in this universe.

Start living for this kingdom now.  Trust him.  Put away your idols and trust him.

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