Saturday, July 25, 2009

He Descended into Hell

the Senior Minister of Grove Chapel in Camberwell, London covers the most controversial clause in the Apostles' Creed @ . He notes:

"We see the scale of its significance reflected in the Apostles' Creed in the way that it skips immediately from confessing the incarnation of Christ to confessing his death upon the cross:

He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died and was buried;
He descended into hell.

It is made all the more intriguing when we realise that this third line of the triplet was a much later addition to the Creed - most likely in the latter part of the Fourth Century AD. Not surprisingly it is an addition that has sparked no small measure of controversy and debate as to its precise meaning.

The Innocent Suffering in the Place of the Guilty

The Blessed One Cursed that the Cursed might be Blessed

The Supreme Judge facing the Final Judgment

Additional Resources:
Affirming the Apostles Creed by J.I. Packer

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