righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit in which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison, that aforetime were disobedient when the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah.?
Bartlett expounds as follows: ??in which? [ pneu>mati , divine nature] ?he went and preached to the spirits in prison when once they disobeyed.? Ajpeiqh>sasin is circumstantial aorist, indicating the time of the preaching as a definite past. It is an anarthrous dative, as in <420827>Luke 8:27; <400823>Matthew 8:23; <441525>Acts 15:25; 22:17. It is an appositive, or predicative, participle. [That the aorist participle does not necessarily describe an action preliminary to that of the principal verb appears from its use in verse 13 qanatwqei>v , in 1Thess. 1:6 ( dexa>menoi , and in <510211> Colossians 2:11, 13.) The connection of thought is: Peter exhorts his readers to endure suffering bravely, because Christ did so, in his lower nature being put to death, in his higher nature enduring the opposition of sinners before the flood. Sinners of that time only are mentioned because this permits an introduction of the subsequent reference to baptism. Cf . Gen. 6:3; <600110>1 Peter 1:10, 11; <610204>2 Peter 2:4, 5.?
(b) The ascension and sitting at the right hand of God.
As the resurrection proclaimed Christ to men as the perfected and glorified man, the conqueror of sin and lord of death, the ascension proclaimed him to the universe as the reinstated God, the possessor of universal dominion, and the omnipresent object of worship and hearer of prayer. Dextra Dei ubique est.
<402818> Matthew 28:18, 20 ? ?All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world?; <411619>Mark 16:19 ? ?So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken unto them, was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God?; <440755>Acts 7:55 ? ?But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God?; <471304>2 Corinthians 13:4 ? ?he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth through the power of God?; <490122>Ephesians 1:22, 23 ? ?he put all things in subjection under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all?; 4:10 ? ?he that descended is the same also that ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.? Philippi, Glaubenslehre, 4:184-189 ? ?Before the resurrection, Christ was the God-man; since the resurrection, he is the God-man...he ate with his
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