Did Jesus Go to Hell After the Crucifixion? (Part 1)

Jesus defeating and casting off, spoiling the forces of hell.

Jesus defeating and casting off, spoiling the forces of hell.

Did Jesus go to hell between His death and His resurrection 2000 years ago that we remember on Good Friday and Easter Sunday?

The Apostles’ Creed states that Jesus, “was crucified, dead, and buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead.” The Athanasian Creed, speaking of Jesus, asserts, “Who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell, rose again the third day from the dead.” Therefore, two of the three great ancient creeds affirm that Jesus “descended into hell” sometime between His crucifixion and resurrection.

While today we may see these creeds as rather academic and dry, in their day many were tormented, persecuted, maimed, tortured, impoverished, imprisoned, and died to say them, so this was not a trivial issue when these creeds were written. Yet on a casual Internet search, I find many conflicting views on this.

Part of the confusion of this matter is from mistranslations of Hebrew words and then carrying that over into the New Testament. So what we have is a continual clash of Hebrew and Greek cultural concepts concerning death and the afterlife. For starters I do not even know what the original (Latin?) languages for hell are in these two creeds. But we do know the English translations are “hell.” In our Western culture hell is a place of torment for the dead, is located in the deeps of the Earth and the realm of evil/Satan.

Please bear with me as I go over some word definitions.

In Hebrew the word sheol, Strong’s OT, 7585, is used some 65 times in the OT. In the KJV it is translated as grave 31 times, hell 31 times and pit 3 times. The only problem is that the use of the word grave as a place in the ground for the dead body is not accurate. If you say that place that the grave becomes entrance to, then perhaps it is acceptable. But that is not how it is used with the word grave. In all cases in the OT if you use – place where the spirits and souls of people after death go, which is into the deeper parts of the Earth, that is correct for sheol.

To resolve this translation issue, the Revised Standard, and therefore the Amplified, transliterated by spelling out the Hebrew word, Sheol in the OT, and Hades in the NT. This is because in modern English there is not a word that accurately fits with Sheol or Hades in our cultural concepts.

In the OT Sheol was not primarily considered a place of punishment, but more so as a storage place for dead spirit-souls. That understanding as a place of punishment came with Jesus in the gospels in Luke 16:19-31. Here Jesus describes the abode of the dead as two regions separated by a great gulf. For the righteous it is called Paradise or the Bosom of Abraham. The other side of the gulf is a place of burning and torment, akin to what our modern culture would call Hell and Jesus called Gehenna.

The Hebrew word for grave is giberah or qiberah, Strong’s OT 6913. It is a geographical location for internment of dead human bodies, a sepulcher. So the use of grave as a geographical location on the crust of the Earth or in the sea to translate Sheol causes much confusion and not more than one errant group has gone astray with it, such as Jehovah Witnesses.

The NT word that compares with sheol is hades, Strong’s NT, 86. It is found 11 times in the NT. In the KJV it is translated hell 10 times and 1 time as grave in: 1 Cor 15:55 “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” And this is a quote from Hosea 13:14. So the confusion persists as in Hosea, the Hebrew word is Sheol.

The NIV does not do any better here, where Peter is quoting Psalm 16:10:

Acts 2:27

KJV “Because thou wilt not leave my soul in HELL (Greek “Hades”/Hebrew “Sheol”) …”

NIV “…because you will not abandon me to the GRAVE…”

Acts 2:31

KJV ” He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul (his person) was not left in HELL (Greek “Hades”/Hebrew ”Sheol”), neither his flesh (body) did see corruption.”

NIV “Seeing what was ahead, he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to the GRAVE, nor did his body see decay.”

So we see absolutely that Jesus did go to Hades or Sheol after He died and was there 3 days.

Since part of Jesus’ mission was to die, when He told the thief “today, you shall be with me in Paradise,” Jesus was indicating to where Jesus was headed next but it may have not been exactly that “day.” There is no punctuation in the original documents so Jesus could well have said, “I say today, that you shall be with Me in Paradise.” Here the word today is in the manner of a King making a promise, and not necessarily a chronological specification for when it was to happen. Also what is not clear directly in Scripture is whether Jesus went just to Paradise or also to the hell or suffering part of Sheol/Hades.

There is a third word we need to consider, Gehenna in Greek, which was the name of the city refuse pit outside of Jerusalem. Thus it was a place of never-ending fire; and this is a description that most seem to consider for hell. So we have in Sheol or Hades two parts – Paradise and Hell/Gehenna. Jesus used Gehenna which is translated as hell in the KJV and many other modern translations.

So in summary we have these words:

HADES Greek, NT 86, {hah’-dace} realm of the dead under or deep in the Earth

  1. name Hades or Pluto, the god of the lower regions, the nether world,      the realm of the dead
  2. located in the deep of the Earth
  3. later use of this word: the death, and inaccurately grave, hell
  4. In Biblical Greek it is associated with Orcus, the infernal regions, a      dark and dismal place in the very depths of the earth, the common      receptacle of disembodied spirits.
  5. Usually Hades is just the abode of the wicked, Lu. 16:23, Rev.      20:13,14; a very uncomfortable place.

GEHENNA Greek, Strong’s NT 1067 {gheh’-en-nah} hell, hell fire, place of torment for the dead

  1. Hell is the place of the future punishment call “Gehenna” or “Gehenna      of fire”. This was originally the valley of Hinnom, south of Jerusalem,      where the filth and dead animals of the city were cast out and burned; a      fit symbol of the wicked and their future destruction and torment.
  2. Located under the surface of the Earth, or in the belly or heart of      the Earth

SHEOL Hebrew, OT 7585 {sheh-ole’}

  1. sheol, underworld, hell, pit
  2. Sheol – the OT designation for the abode of the dead
  3. place of no return
  4. located in the deep of the Earth
  5. wicked sent there for punishment
  6. righteous not abandoned to it

GIBERAH Hebrew, Strong’s OT 6913 {kib-raw’}

  1. A geographical location for the internment of dead bodies, sepulchre,      on or in the surface of the Earth.

Also the bottomless pit of Revelation chapters 9, 11 and 20 is thought by many scholars to be located even deeper in the Earth than Gehenna and under Gehenna.

And all of this can be pictured this way before Jesus’ resurrection and glorification:

______Sheol/Hades – Place of the Dead Spirits with Souls__________

| | | |

|Paradise/Abraham’s | Great Gulf/Gap | Burning Hell/Gehenna |

|Bosom – Blessing |                                        | Torment and Curse |

|Realm of God |                                               | Realm of Satan___|

…………………………………………………………..| | | Bottomless Pit |

| | | |

WHAT DID JESUS EXPERIENCE THERE?

Suffering: The physical and soul suffering of the whipping and crucifixion, while horrible, were not unique to Jesus. The Roman’s were experts at it and they had lots of practice. The suffering of Jesus included His spirit and soul in Sheol. In Psalm 88 we see a Messianic description of Jesus’ suffering in this place where Jesus went after He died and His physical body remained in the sepulcher of Joseph of Arimathea.

Ps 88:6 “Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps. 7 Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, and thou hast afflicted me with all thy waves. Selah.”

In verse 6 is a place of wrath with waves of torment. The lowest would include the lowest of the bottomless pit.

Of course the suffering Jesus did for mankind described in Isaiah 53 beggars description:

Isa 53:3 “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”

Lower Regions: Many argue that there is no scriptural direct statement that Jesus went into the realm of Satan in Gehenna. But there is much by inference. First is Psalm 88 above. Then the statement of Eph 4 which is a quote of Psalm 68:18.

Eph 4:7 “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 8 Wherefore he saith, When he (Jesus) ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. 9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)”

Notice in verse 9, “the lower parts” includes all of Sheol as well as the bottomless pit. The article “the” in the Greek makes it a particular region with a specification. Thus one could not leave out any of the lower parts of the Earth or that region, and would include the “lowest.”

In this next verse it seems pretty clear to me that Jesus went not only to Sheol or Hades, but to the very bottom, the abyss or “deep”.

Rom 10:5 “For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall zao/live by them. 6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) 7 Or, Who shall descend into the abussos/deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)”

Notice verse 7, here is what Vine has to say about this word abussos, here translated as “deep,” and it is conclusive:

abussos NT:12), “bottomless” (from a, intensive, and bussos, “a depth”; akin to bathus, “deep”; Eng., “bath”), is used as a noun denoting the abyss (KJV, “bottomless pit”). It describes an immeasurable depth, the underworld, the lower regions, the abyss of Sheol. In Rom 10:7, quoted from Deut 30:13, the abyss (the abode of the lost dead) is substituted for the sea (the change in the quotation is due to the facts of the death and resurrection of Christ); the KJV has “deep” here and in Luke 8:31; the reference is to the lower regions as the abode of demons, out of which they can be let loose, Rev 11:7; 17:8, it is found seven times in the Apocalypse, 9:1,2,11; 11:7; 17:8; 20:1,3; in 9:1,2 the RV has “the pit of the abyss.”
(from Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.)

So by the very word chosen, Jesus went to the pit of Hell, the abode of demons, the bottomless pit. In Rom 10:6-7 God is not talking about the battle so much as the triumph. Jesus went there, conquered and returned in triumph, not just victory, but the celebration after the victory, as the basis for our faith in His finished work.

Rom 10:8 “But what saith it [the word of faith which we preach that produces righteousness by faith]? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be sozo/saved.”

If getting “saved” depended on theological precision and every nuance of description, then no one could be saved until or when the “perfect” Bible scholar could explain in detail to the unregenerate or un-born again, and that is not consistent with the work of Paul and the others who preached to the Gentiles in the Bible, much less the overwhelming experience of today. People have received dramatic, life changing salvations even with non-biblically sound prayers. Our salvation for eternity or for paying our bills is the work of an intensely loving Father who looks for any prayer of faith in the right direction to move into the Earth to help us.

Heb 13:6 “So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”

Made Sin: Jesus as made sin with our sin.

2 Cor 5:20 “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21 For he (Father God) hath made him (Jesus) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him (Jesus).”

Here Jesus was the actual of which all other sacrifices were the type or shadow.

Made the Curse of Sin:

Gal 3:13 “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”

Gehenna is included in the curse of sin, so if Jesus became the curse of sin, He went to the place reserved for the cursed, Gehenna.

Abraham’s Bosom Emptied: It appears that after He died and went to the place or realm of Satan, He defeated Satan and death, and took the spirit-souls in Paradise/Abraham’s Bosom and sent them to Heaven after His own resurrection. People who are new-creation Christians typically go to Heaven with Jesus when they die. Some may go like Enoch and Elijah, but that they do is not common knowledge. The un-born again go to Gehenna.

Matt 27:52 “And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 53 and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.”

Jesus Preached in Prison:

1 Peter 3:18 “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:19 by which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; 20 which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were sozo/saved by water. 21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: 22 who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.”

Nowhere in Scripture is Paradise called a prison or a place of captivity, yet Hell/Gehenna is. So by inference “prison” sounds like “Hell/Gehenna” to me.

Our Redemption: So Jesus was made unjust/unrighteous/sin for us so that mankind could be made just.

Rom 4:24 “But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed (righteousness), if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; 25 who was delivered for our offences (trespasses, commissions and omissions), and was raised again for our justification (or when we were justified, made righteous.)”

When God raised Jesus from the dead all of our offenses were paid for by Jesus so He could redeem/ransom mankind, and Jesus could not have been raised until we were justified to the level of the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.

Gal 3:13 “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”

Victory-Satan “Bruised”: While Satan is the prince of this world; his realm includes the torment of hell or Gehenna.

Here is a description of what Jesus did.

Col 2:15 “And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”

Jesus went into the realm of Satan and defeated them, taking them captive and parading them in a triumphant parade before Heaven. Also this is repeated in Ephesians 4:8 where Jesus “led captivity captive.” That word “spoiled” includes – destroyed, ruined, bruised, crushed, and/or removed from power.

1 Peter 3:22 “Who (Jesus) is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.”

So Jesus went into the lower parts of the Earth, suffered the curse of all mankind for us, fought and captured Satan and his horde, and they were made subject to Him.

Not Clear When: What is not clear in Scripture is when Jesus had His triumphant parade after His resurrection. Was it in the eight days after the resurrection? Or was it after the Ascension? In the same manner, it is not clear exactly when Jesus carried His blood as High Priest to the heavenly, the true Marcy Seat of God. What we do know is that after Jesus rose from the dead He told Martha (John 20:17) that He had not yet ascended to His Father, and we assume that meant that Jesus had not yet placed His blood on the true Mercy Seat. Nor do we know if it was part of the same events as the triumphant parade with Satan, captivity now made captive, and dethroned and brought to nought.

1 Cor 2:41 “And my (Paul’s) speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of dunamis/power: 5 that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the dunamis/power of God. 6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought (dethroned): 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: 8 which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”

Yes, the crucifixion was the great ambush of God. By surrendering Himself to death, Jesus conquered Satan and his works.

1 John 3:8 “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”

Heb 2:14 “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15 and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”

The Missing 8 Days:

John 20:26 “And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.”

The Ascension:

Luke 24:50 “And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. 51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.”

Acts 1:9 “And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”

Jesus Got the Job Done:

Rev 1:5 “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that agape/loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, 6 and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. … 17 And when I (John) saw him (Jesus), I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: 18 I am he that zao/liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am zao/alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell (Hades/Sheol) and of death.”

For us today it matters little exactly when Jesus led Satan in the triumphant parade. For us it is already done and the man Jesus sits on the throne of God.

The key issue is not that you have the exact sequence of these events in perfect order, although that is wonderful. It is not that you have a perfect theology of our redemption and righteousness in Jesus, although I think that is even more important. The key is can God use you like He did Jesus in power to finish the job of destroying, bruising Satan?

Just like the US recently ended the reign of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, yet the fighting goes on. So it is our job to get with God’s program and continue to extend the Kingdom of God in power. That appears to be the situation for us now. Satan has been legally removed from all authority, yet he still has power to afflict man. And Christ has given the church, His body the job of instructing all the spiritual hosts, including Satan, what Jesus accomplished by power against power and removing the kingdom of darkness and establishing the Kingdom of God.

Eph 3:10 “To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, 11 according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Behold It. So we have been given the job of exercising the power of God and removing the power of the devil and his works.

Luke 10:19 “Behold, I (Jesus) give unto you (early believers and therefore all believers) power (authority, commission and the resources of Heaven) to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the dunamis/power (ability, works, and reign) of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”

That word “behold” is a military term and it means to perceive and MAKE it change the way you live your life. For a watchman who sees an enemy coming, it is to sound the alarm. For the Christian it is a command to renew your mind on the rest of verse 19 and 20 in a manner that it changes the way you now live your life in purpose and results.

One Job for Sin Forever: Jesus died once for the sins of mankind 2000 years ago and it will never need to happen again. Once forever for all. So if your sins were not dealt with 2000 years ago, they never will be again for Jesus need only die once.

Heb 9:11 “But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12 neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: … 25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; 26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”

So yes, your sin, my sins, the sins of humanity were paid for and we were redeemed 2000 years ago. These are the facts we are to major on to make our faith effective and powerful in God. So for us today, this is all 2000 year ago, all past tense, the job got done.

Philemon 6 “That the communication of thy faith may become effectual (to make things happen by Holy Spirit in your life) by the epignosis/acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.”

Is this your testimony?

Rom 16:20 “And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.”

This happens every time I cast out a demon in the name of Jesus, every time I heal a sick one in the name of Jesus, every time I preach the Kingdom and people get born again, and every time I aiteo God and get answers to prayer.

Every one of these times I am bruising Satan with Jesus doing the miracles. I do the believing, the commanding and the declaring, He does the works.

Mark 16:20 “And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.”

For Jesus said we will have power to do these things.

Acts 1:8 “But ye shall receive dunamis/power (ability, works, and lordship), after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

Thus as a member of the Body of Jesus Christ, the Lord of Heaven and Earth, when I, as a “little Christ,” a Christian, do what Jesus did, I am doing what I am made to do in the new birth.

Rom 13:14 “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.”

So I may not have the exact sequence of events in perfect order, but Jesus can and does confirm His word on my lips with signs following. Because Jesus working with me or anyone is not about our perfection, but His love, truth and grace.

Acts 20:32 “And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.”

Acts 14:3 “Long time therefore abode they (Paul and Barnabas) speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.”

Conclusion: So if by no other scripture, Rom 10:7 makes it clear Jesus when to the bottomless pit, the abode of demons, as part of His great work of His suffering, death, 3 days in the deep of the Earth, resurrection and finally His glorification at the right hand of God. And this is to be included in our message of the Gospel per Rom 10:5-21.

And the minimal requirement is:

Rom 10:9 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be sozo/saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness [of zoe/life – Rom 5:18]; and with the mouth confession is made unto soteria/salvation.”

But there is more, please see Part 2 of this article.

God is no respecter of persons. His ways apply to all, all the time. If you do not see God move, the problem is not on the “God” end.

We are destroyed, walk in failure, fear and confusion, by lack of knowledge and lies, not some administrative decision by God.

God is no respecter of persons. Do the right things and you will get the right results; do anything different and you will be unhappy sooner or later. Digital Universe.

Evil works inspired and powered by the devil are no match for the Living God, but they sure tempt fleshly leaky neurons, even in those spiritually righteous.

There are no wrong answers here, only seek more of Jesus who already paid for every failure we ever made, are now making, or will make. Since He was healed of it, so are you.

It will be shameful for you to show up on the Day of Judgment and see that every hardness of heart was already healed and waiting for you to do the right labour to get that hardness of heart healing already done in Jesus.

A Bible not devoured is like bags of seed stored away. The potential of God into the Earth is there, but never a harvest is made. Jesus is the Seed. The only soil that matters is your heart.

Keep Working the Word so God can Work!

God Bless You and Yours in the Name of Jesus to be more Noble in Him (Acts 17:11-12)

Jesus is Lord of Heaven and Earth!

Donald

Donald C. Mann

Speaker, teacher, navigator and author of:

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Link to PART 2 of this article: http://blog.covenantpeace.com/2013/03/30/did-jesus-go-to-hell-after-the-crucifixion-part-2/

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      Thank you for the complement. I am glad you find the articles helpful. And to me that means for you, more answers to prayer, greater peace in troubles, more wisdom, and Holy Spirit-powered signs and wonders.

      I write what I wish I had had available to me 45-50 years ago when I first started to get serious in the Lord. I was born-again in Jesus as a child, but most of what I was taught was well-intentioned and with great sincerity, but at best, was not helpful in God. Most of my blog articles are driven by discussion, questions in my seminars, my own musings, or answering one person’s question and then expanding it to be more complete.

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      I always start or check with Scripture and or facts of science I know and research. My first blogs were so full of Scripture, people would not read them. So I now leave out most of the verses that come to mind. I try to write so one can take what is written and use it to make their or other’s lives better.

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      If an article topic is not practical, then I will try to turn some part of the article to something people can use. I do drink some of my own advice. I do aim to spend 2 hours a day speaking in Holy Spirit tongues, and 3-6 hours a day in the Scriptures and sound teaching. Some days I fall way short of this, others, like driving on a long trip, are spent with 8-12 hours in tongues while listening to accurate Bible teaching. Also I listen and sing a lot of scriptures set to music. Prayer in my own language rises all during the day for needs and concerns as they come up. And I do follow the program in “OK, God Now What” as part of my Scripture and prayer time.

      Once an article is written, if possible, I let it sit a few days and go back over it to make it better, at least to me. By the time I have posted it, I have read that article between 5-25 times. And sometime I get more revelation and understanding and go back and add to the article. This could be weeks or months later.

      And as you may have noticed, I follow this same process as I reply to comments and questions.

      I hope this answered your question and was helpful. Please let me know if I can be of more help.

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