The Triumphant Of Christ at the Cross
First Peter 3:18-22
Peter looks at the cross,
he sees not only a triumphant sin-bearing,
he sees a triumphant sermon is preached to defeated demons,
he sees a triumphant salvation accomplished as when Christ Himself is undergoing all of the fires of judgment and all of the hatred of demons and men, He is an ark of safety for all who believe for all ages,
he sees yet beyond that a triumphant supremacy. Verse 22: “This resurrected Jesus Christ who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him.”
I believe He went to declare His victory over demons and that the spirits refer to demons. You say, “Why do you…why do you say demons?”
This lesson started with the sermon that Jesus delived in the prison.
You say, “Well why would He go and herald a triumph to a bunch of demons?”
By the way, nowhere in Scripture are the souls of men ever said to be imprisoned. But these spirits are imprisoned. Phulakē is the term and it is not, now listen carefully, it is not a condition, it is a location. It refers to an actual location, not some condition of being imprisoned in sin. It is a place.
Definition: of Prison (strongs 5438)
guard, watch, a watching, keeping watch, to keep watch, persons keeping watch, a guard, sentinels, of the place where captives are kept, a prison
A short couse Angelology.
Now you say, “Wait a minute. OK, some are loose and some are bound. How did they get bound?
What did they do to get permanently bound in this place?” First Peter 3:20 tells you. Well, they once were disobedient. You say, “Wait a minute. Demons are always disobedient. But what in the world does that mean?” Once at some point in the past they overstepped even God’s limitations. They went too far. “When the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah during the construction of the ark in which a few, that is eight persons, were brought safely through the water.”
You say, “Well, when were they disobedient?”
The Ark: Its main purpose wasn’t to be a boat.
So, the time of Noah was apparently a hey-day for demonic activity.
Now, were all the demons put in prison? No, because some are still what? Loose. Which ones were? 2 Peter 2:4.
By the way, the word “hell” would you notice that word in verse 4 is the word tartarōsas or literally we could call it in an English transliteration Tartarus.]
Now, God didn’t send all of them there. Which ones did He send? Jude verse 6 -7.
What was their specific sin? Look at verse 7. They didn’t keep their own domain. They abandoned their proper abode just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these, that is these demons in the same way as Sodom and Gomorrah, indulged in gross what?
Immorality. Porneia, pornography, they indulged in gross immorality. Genesis 19, Genesis 6:4
Who are the Nephilim?
Now giants were upon the earth in those days. For after the sons of God went in to the daughters of men and they brought forth children, these are the mighty men of old, men of renown.
You say, “What in the world is this?” I’ll tell you what it is. “Sons of God” are demons, “sons of God” is a term used in the Old Testament to refer to angels.
You say, “Well, they attempted then to breed a sort of unredeemable race, didn’t they?” Yes. And that’s one of the reasons God had to drown the whole earth, to drown that race. They wanted to corrupt, now listen to this, the human stream. If you can create a demon man, then he’s unredeemable, because Christ as the God-Man has come to redeem men, not demon men. They wanted to pollute the human stream to make it unredeemable.