Did Jesus Actually “Descend to Hell” Before His Resurrection? Pastor Matt Chandler Continues His Sermon Series on the Apostles’ Creed

SCREENSHOT Pastor Matt Chandler speaking on the Apostles' Creed.
Pastor Matt Chandler speaking on the Apostles’ Creed.

Did Jesus actually “descend to hell” before He rose from the dead, as the Apostles’ Creed says? Pastor Matt Chandler of The Village Church in Texas tackled this question in a sermon, taking forward his 12-week series on the statement of faith.

“We’re not really preaching the creed; we’re preaching the Bible,” Pastor Chandler clarified in the beginning of his recent sermon, titled “He Descended to Hell, The Third Day He Rose Again from the Dead,” part of a series on the Apostles’ Creed, which finds its genesis in the Apostles’ teachings.

When believers read the creed publicly, they reject “popular stories of our day,” the pastor explained. “We’re saying we don’t agree with these popular narratives, these ways the world is trying to disciple us and shape us and mold us.”

As Christians, we reject postmodernism, he added. “We do not believe that truth is relative, that your truth is your truth, and my truth is my truth. We believe there is a truth for all men everywhere across all time.”

We also reject emotionalism, Chandler said. “We would reject the idea that our emotions tell us what is true.”

Talking about the phrase “descended into hell,” the pastor said it was added in the fifth century and wasn’t read much until the sixth or seventh century. “Even to this day, there are large swaths of evangelicals who read the creed but leave out ‘descended into hell’ because we don’t believe He actually went to the place of hell and did that. Right? The Bible certainly doesn’t teach that.”

Chandler then read Matthew 27, which describes Jesus’ crucifixion.

“What we know to be true in the Scriptures is that on the cross of Christ, Jesus is absorbing all of the sins of all of those who would believe upon the name of Jesus throughout history,” the megachurch pastor told the crowd.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Anugrah Kumar