Theological inquiry on FB: “If Jesus was the Son of God then why did He get sent to Hell for three long days?” Reference Scriptures: Ephesians 4:7-10; 1 Peter 3:19
The Scriptures do not say Jesus descended into Hell and why would He, there is no one capable of redemption in Hell at this time as Hell does not become relevant for human kind until subsequent the Judgement of the Condemned (Revelation 20:11-15)?
The Scriptures teach that Jesus, subsequent to the death of His Earthly body at Golgotha, while His Earthly body laid in the tomb, descended into the region known as Sheol in the Hebrew Scriptures and Hades in the Greek Scriptures and often mistranslated as “Hell” by the KJV translators (Luke 16). The Scriptures teach that though the Old Testament saints were saved by “faith” in God (Hebrews 11), their sins has not been atoned for because Messiah had not yet made atonement for sin and even in the Covenant of Law, the Holy Spirit tells us that the blood of animals could never take away sin (Hebrews 10:4); therefore, the Old Testament saints who were saved by faith were relegated to the region of Sheol-Paradise (fully conscious/fully aware) and awaited Messiah’s atonement there as the Holy Spirit has told us that “nothing impure” is permitted to enter the Kingdom of God (Revelation 21:27).
Jesus told the thief on the cross next to Him at the Crucifixion that he, the thief, having confessed faith in Jesus as Lord, would be with Jesus in “paradise” that very day (Luke 23:43). The Holy Spirit teaches that Jesus, while His body laid in the tomb, descended to Sheol/Hades-Paradise (Abraham’s Bosom – See Luke 16; Ephesians 4:7-10; 1 Peter 3:19 ) and preached liberty and freedom i.e. the Gospel to the captives there and then personally escorted the Old Testament saints into the Kingdom of God as their sin had been atoned for by Messiah’s sinless blood (Matthew 26:28). Today, everyone who dies having believed in Jesus as Lord, their spirit, free from the body of death and sin, is immediately translated into the presence of God in the Kingdom (2 Corinthians 5:8) and Sheol/Hades-Paradise/Abraham’s Bosom is now empty and the only region of the dead remaining and being filled daily is Sheol-Hades-Torments (Luke 16) which is the repository of all dead (fully conscious/full aware) who have died from the Genesis forward having rejected faith in God in the Hebrew Scriptures and having rejected Jesus as Lord in the Covenant of Grace…it is here, Hades-Torments, the unrighteous dead, in their disembodied spirit, await the Judgment of the Condemned (Revelation 20:11-15).
King David also speaks of this…