The geographical path of Christ’s death
(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) (Ephesians 4:9-10 KJV)
These scripture verses contain a geographical path or map of Jesus Christ’s physical death upon the cross to His ascension unto the throne with God in heaven. Not only does the Bible say that Jesus ascended into Heaven but first He descended into the lower parts of the earth.
There are at least two camps, or set of beliefs, of exactly where Jesus descended in the lower parts of the earth. Some would firmly hold to the belief that these lower parts are in the confines of Hell and that Jesus descended down to Hell prior to ascending upwards into the heavenly realm. This belief does not fit into rightly dividing the entire canon scripture in my opinion. Rather others believe, including me, that Jesus would have no apparent reason to ascend down to Hell but did stopover in a place called Abraham’s bosom to usher in the Old Testament saints to Heaven. When the saints succumbed to physical death in ancient biblical times a path to Heaven was not yet made available. Secondly Abraham’s bosom and Hell were both mentioned in the book of Luke clearly appearing to be two vastly different arenas and existing for two different reasons below the earth:
And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. (Luke 16:22-23 KJV)
Abraham’s bosom, many believe, was a place for the Old testament saints to rest upon their physical death until Jesus Christ came in the New Testament and died upon the cross shedding His precious blood paving a way to an eternal home in the heavenly realm with God forever. Before that time there was no lifeline to God in Heaven but a temporary resting place with Abraham deep in the bowels of the earth; not Hell with unrepentant sinners, but a peaceful place of intermittent rest.
We know for sure Christ’s death on the cross paved the way to a heavenly realm where all believers in Christ go immediately upon their physical death. His death and shed blood on the cross “purchased” a ticket to eternal life with God in the heavenly realm for whosoever will receive it freely. The Bible is very clear about being ushered into Heaven for believer’s or Hell for unbelief immediately upon physical death upon this earth.
The Bible speaks of this in many verses including:
And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. (Luke 23:43 KJV)
Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:6-8 KJV)
Did you know about a resting place for saints of the Old Testament who had placed their faith in God having sought salvation in Him before Jesus Christ’s death upon the cross paved the way to an eternal rest in Heaven for His saints?