Did Jesus Christ Suffer In Hell for Our Sins?

By Brother Eric Nelson



There is a religious movement that seeks to minimize what Jesus Christ has done on our behalf. I have heard many preachers teach that when Jesus Christ was hanging on the cross and stated that IT IS FINISHED (John 19:30) he had paid the debt for all of our sins in full. I once even heard Jimmy Swaggart state that it was blasphemy to say that the Holy Son of God suffered in hell for our sins. Unfortunately, there are many new-age-new-world-order-secret-society-pledging-televangelists that echo Mr Swaggart's sentiments.

{Acts 2: 24----Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the PAINS OF DEATH: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.}.

If God had to raise Jesus Christ from the dead by loosing him from the PAINS OF DEATH, does that not clearly tell us that Jesus Christ suffered in the spiritual realm on our behalf??????

Did sin originate in the natural realm or the spiritual realm?

Well of course sin originated in the spiritual realm; therefore, in order for Jesus Christ to die for our sins he had to die in the realm where sin originated. Sin originated in the spiritual realm yet it permeates both the natural and spiritual spheres----thus causing physical and spiritual death. Jesus Christ loved us so much that he died both spiritually and physically in order to deliver us from eternal damnation.

The book of John is the only section in the entire bible where the term IT IS FINISHED is used. It is interesting to note that the book of John also defines what Jesus meant when he stated IT IS FINISHED. {John 4:34-----Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to FINISH HIS WORK.}{John 5:36----But I have greater witness than that of John: for the WORKS which the Father hath given me to FINISH, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.}{John 17:4---- I have glorified thee on the earth: I have FINISHED THE WORK which thou gavest me to do.}.

When Jesus stated IT IS FINISHED when he was hanging on the cross he was referring to his earthly ministry along with his perfect sinless life----those are the two main components that opened the doorway for him to die both physically and spiritually on our behalf.

The problem I personally have when people recklessly state that IT IS FINISHED means that Christ had finished his sacrificial work on the cross on our behalf----stems from the fact that they are leaving out the most important part of his sacrificial work-------HIS RESURRECTION! Without a resurrection humanity could never have access to eternal salvation. Even after the resurrection, Christ still had to ascend into heaven and sprinkle his blood on the MERCY SEAT before God Almighty----before humanity could even think of receiving full pardon (Hebrews 9:12-28; John 20:17). In other words, our salvation was not yet complete when Jesus stated IT IS FINISHED.

{Acts 2: 29-35 quotes from Psalm 16:10----For thou wilt not LEAVE MY SOUL IN HELL; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.-----(verse 31 of Acts 2 is referring to King David) He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that HIS SOUL WAS NOT LEFT IN HELL, neither his flesh did see corruption.}.

Please take special note of the following scriptures that the root word DESCEND when used as the verb DESCENDED denotes an existence far beyond Sheol aka: the grave-----just like the root word ASCEND when used as the verb ASCENDED denotes an existence far beyond an earthly sky. When Christ DESCENDED it was in the spiritual realm where he was then labeled with those who were spiritually dead.

{Ephesians 4: 8-10----Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that HE ALSO DESCENDED FIRST INTO THE LOWER PARTS OF THE EARTH? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.}

{Romans 10:7----Or, Who shall DESCEND into the DEEP? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)}.

{Mark 12: 26-27----And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err.}.

As we examine Ephesians 4: 8-10; Romans 10:7 & Mark 12: 26-27 in a greater context, we find that when Jesus Christ descended into the heart of the earth where he was labeled among those who had both spiritually and physically died, yet those who did not die apart from God's saving virtue are listed as still being alive even though they had long since died physically. {Mark 12: 26-27----- ....... I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB..... HE IS NOT THE GOD OF THE DEAD, BUT THE GOD OF THE LIVING....}.

Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had long been dead physically but their spirits lived on in the spiritual realm while Christ was classified among those who were dead both physically and spiritually. {Acts 2: 24----Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the PAINS OF DEATH: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.}. Those whose spirits who were in the heart of the earth who had died physically----who were awaiting the death burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ----were not suffering the eternal torments of the damned----even though they were in hell's sub-region located in the heart of the earth (Luke 16:19-31).

Isaiah 53: 8-12 Clearly lets us know that Jesus suffered after his physical death in the spiritual realm for our sins. The following are various quotes from these very disturbing passages of scripture: {He was taken from prison and from judgment:.... for HE WAS CUT OFF OUT OF THE LAND OF THE LIVING: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.}{And he made his grave with the WICKED, and with the rich in his death;}{Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt MAKE HIS SOUL AN OFFERING FOR SIN......}{He shall see of the TRAVAIL OF HIS SOUL, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.}{Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great.... because HE HATH POURED OUT HIS SOUL UNTO DEATH: and he WAS NUMBERED WITH THE TRANSGRESSORS; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.}{Acts 2: 24----Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the PAINS OF DEATH: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.}.

Jesus Christ literally became sin on our behalf even though he had never committed any type of sin in word, thought, or deed. Therefore, since he had never actually sinned his punishment for becoming sin was not an eternal punishment.

Jonah 2 & Matthew 12: 39-40

{Jonah is referred to by Jesus Christ as a prophet----Matthew 12: 39-40-----But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights IN THE HEART OF THE EARTH.}.

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Jonah prophecies about Jesus Christ in hell!

{Jonah 2: 2----And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of HELL cried I, and thou heardest my voice.....}.

In verse six Jonah died and saw the land of the dead aka: HELL in the spiritual realm.

{Jonah 2:6----I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God.

We also have hundreds of examples of burnt offerings in the Old Testament. The fact that old testament offerings had to be burned with fire represented the fact that one day the true sacrificial offering in the person of Jesus Christ would become the ultimate burnt offering. Only a burnt offering as far as the bible is concerned is what created a sweet smelling savor unto God Almighty.

{Leviticus 8:21----And he washed the inwards and the legs in water; and Moses burnt the whole ram upon the altar: IT WAS A BURNT SACRIFICE FOR A SWEET SAVOUR, and an offering made by fire unto the LORD; as the LORD commanded Moses.

{Ephesians 5:2----And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a SWEET SMELLING SAVOUR.}.

{Exodus 29: 18-----Then burn the entire ram on the altar. It is a burnt offering to the LORD, A PLEASING AROMA, a food offering presented to the LORD.}{Numbers 15:3; Leviticus 3:5; Leviticus 1:17; Leviticus 1:13; Hebrews 7:27, etc.....}.

Psalm 88: 4-7 gives us a very slight yet very disturbing-prophetic glimpse into the unimaginable spiritual suffering encountered by the Lord Jesus Christ: {I am counted with them that go down into the pit: I am as a man that hath no strength: Free among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, whom thou rememberest no more: and they are cut off from thy hand. Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps. Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, and thou hast afflicted me with all thy waves. Selah.}.

In conclusion, JESUS CHRIST IS ALIVE FOREVERMORE! {Revelation 18:1----I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.}

Jesus Christ conquered DEATH, HELL, AND THE GRAVE-----and he did it for us! Amen!


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