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Bible Q & A

Q. What does Peter mean when he states that the gospel was preached to “dead men that they might be judged. In the flesh, but live in the spirit?”
A. I Peter 4:5-6 reads: “But they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For this is why the gospel was preached even to the dead, that though judged in the flesh like men, they might live in the sprit like God.” This scripture is referring to people who are now dead, but had the gospel preached to them while they were alive. The context (v. 5), which refers to God judging “the living and the dead,” refers to the time of the resurrection when those who are now dead will be made alive once again. This is the only logical explanation in light of the other clear Bible passages on this subject. Other scriptures show that God is “not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him” (Luke 20:38).
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