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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 Peter 3:19.
*** 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.” Gen. 6:3.
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.
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