In our church, we recite the Apostles' Creed. What does it mean when we confess that "He descended into hell?" 1 Peter 3:19 says of Christ, "He went and preached to the spirits in prison," which some believe occurred when He literally went to hell. The following devotional from Ligonier Ministries corrects this notion and explains that Jesus did not literally descend into hell between his death and resurrection, but precisely the opposite.
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Guilt-inducing racism is being employed as a political tool, imposed on the schools, teaching children that they are collectively and individually responsible for racism by virtue of their skin color.
Friday, July 23, 2021
Today, millions of people around the world are watching the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics. As the world’s greatest athletes compete and contend, Ligonier is taking this opportunity to raise critical questions: What is the most important goal you’re striving for in life? Is it truly worth pursuing?
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
The following is an excerpt from a chapter in the book No Little People, by Francis Schaffer.
There is no source of power for God’s people—for preaching or teaching or anything else—except Christ Himself. Apart from Christ, anything which seems to be spiritual power is actually the power of the flesh. Luke’s record of Jesus’ pre-ascension statements has exactly the same emphasis: “But ye shall receive power after the Holy Spirit 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” (Acts 1:8). The force of the Greek is, “ye shall receive power; then ye shall be witnesses.” A specific order is involved: after having the Holy Spirit come upon them, the disciples were to witness. Though we today are immediately indwelt by the Holy Spirit when we accept Christ as Savior, being indwelt is not the same as having the fullness of the power of the Holy Spirit. The disciples had to wait to receive the Spirit at Pentecost. Christians today are to follow the same order: to be indwelt by the Holy Spirit at salvation and to know something of the reality of the power of Christ through the agency of the Holy Spirit—and then to work and witness. The order cannot be reversed. There are to be many “fillings.” Doing the Lord’s work in the Lord’s way is not a matter of being saved and then simply working hard. After Jesus ascended, the disciples waited quietly in prayer for the coming of His Spirit. Their first motion was not toward activism—Christ has risen, now let us be busy. Though they looked at the world with Christ’s compassion, they obeyed His clear command to wait before they witnessed. If we who are Christians and therefore indwelt by the Spirit are to preach to our generation with tongues of fire, we also must have something more than an activism which men can easily duplicate. We must know something of the power of the Holy Spirit. (Schaeffer, Francis A., No Little People, pp. 64-65, Crossway)