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Gospel Preached To The Dead

First Peter 4:6 says," For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit." Give your interpretation of this verse.

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Peter 4:6 is refering to man's state before being born again. We are dead in sin and trespasses.
---shira3877 on 11/20/10

The passage is saying in 1 Peter
"4:5 "to judge the living and the dead" that all the unsave, currently alive or dead, will be brought before the judge, the Lord Jesus Christ at the Great White Throne of Judgment (Rev. 20:11-15, Rom. 3:19). v.6
to those who are dead" meaning the preaching of the gospel not only offers a ceasing from sin v.1 and a good conscience (3:21) also an escape from final judgment. Peter had in mind believers who had heard and accepted the gospel of Christ when they were still alive, but who had died by the time Peter wrote this letter. Some of them perhaps had been martyred for their faith. Though they were dead physically, they were triumphantly alive in their Spirit Heb. 12:23.
---Mark_V. on 11/20/10

"The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor, He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to [those who are] bound, To open blind eyes, To bring out prisoners from the prison, those who sit in darkness from the prison house. To set at liberty those who are oppressed. For the Father who commanded light to shine out of darkness, has shone in 'our' hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus, [The] Christ." The prison that binds 'the living dead' is the carnal darkness, obscurity and ignorance of His thinking. These are those to whom the Gospel was/is preached.
---joseph on 11/16/10

Many good answers, this question goes a little bit beyond milk. And Sophia's statement,"Peter is saying that the dead were preached too by Christ after Christ died." Is certainly true. Question ,were the spirits whom Christ preached too the ones in Paradise or those spiritually dead, those in Hades? Both were physically dead but he spoke to the spirits in prison. Can prison be equated with Paradise????

---mima on 11/16/10

sophia, note that St. Paul did not say, "Why are WE baptized for the dead," but "THEY".

In other words, he was using the practice of the heretics ("they") to show that even the heretics who baptized for the dead at least believed in the Resurrection of the dead, which is what the entire passage is about.

The polytheistic fertility cult known as Mormonism is simply gnosticism mixed up with the heresies of Origen and given a Christian veneer.

Mormonism can offer neither health to the sinews nor marrow in the bone, because there is no power in its priesthood for itself, its descendants, or anyone else, forever.
---Cluny on 11/16/10

Peter and Paul seemed to have some sort of belief in an ongoing ministry for and among the dead. Paul said, "else why are they baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all". Paul was saying, "hey you know there are baptisms being performed for the dead and why would anyone do this if the dead aren't ressurected". Peter is saying that the dead were preached too by Christ after Christ died. So you have Peter saying that Christ ministered and taught the spirits of the dead and you have Paul saying that people were doing baptisms for these dead people because they knew that there was a ressurection of the dead.
---sophia on 11/15/10

That verse is self explanatory. Does no one read the bible any longer? When the body of Jesus was lying in the tomb. "For Jesus went and preached unto the spirits in prison, that were disobedient at the time of Noah." There will be billions of people born into this world that will never hear the gospel. It states God is no respecter of persons. The moment he condemns one person who heard his gospel over someone who didn't he ceases to exist, because the bible becomes lies. EVERYONE will hear the gospel, have their freedom to accept or reject it and that is how they will be judged. If someone tells you that anyone will be condemned for not hearing it, flee from the person because they are a false teacher and follower of Satan.
---Ashley on 11/14/10

He will judge, and "for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, (To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,) that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, (because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died,) but live according to God in the spirit." For ("[believers] He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins. Therefore He says: "Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light."
What is the interpretation? "The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. He that hath the Son hath life, he that hath not the Son of God hath not life."
---joseph on 11/12/10

The word "dead" does NOT mean dead physically, but dead SPIRITUALLY (without Christ in sin). This is why the Gospel exists - for those that are spiritually dead, without Christ in sin. The Gospel is to bring people to Christ and repentance, so they will no longer be dead spiritually (walking dead). As the Bible says, you MUST be born again (born of the Holy Spirit through Christ) to inherit eternal life (spiritually).
---Leslie on 11/11/10

First is you compare Bible versions many have the word now in front of dead.

"judged in the flesh" by human standards could and should here in my opinion indicate martyrs. They'll be alive to God spiritually after all as he says. If it were true for every one to have the second chance after death there'd be no need to live the holy life in Christ now, and no suffering or being "judged in the flesh by human standards."

If there were a chance you could go and preach to grandpas tombstone and he inherit life the grave yard would already be filled with such people...that's the peculiar thing about people we can figure things out weather we want to look into them or not.
---Pharisee on 11/11/10

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