Is There Any Hope for the Dead?

1 Peter 4:6

The Bible says that the gospel was “preached to the dead” (1 Peter 4:6). In this lab, Pastor John gives his answer for whether this text teaches that someone can hear the gospel and repent after death.

Principle for Bible Reading

A Ground

A “ground” is an argument or reason for another statement. One way to remember this is that the ground is the ground upon which another statement is built. The supporting (or grounding) statement comes after the statement it supports. When you come to a grounding statement in the Bible, ask what came before it that it supports.

In This Lab

The meaning of this text largely hinges on the little word “for” in verse 6. Pastor John thinks that verse 6 gives a reason why Christians should take heart in the face of persecution and death.

For more information on a ground.

An Example

“Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” How do we know that Jesus loves us? For (or because) the Bible tells me so.

Key Words

Conjunctions or connecting words are very important in the Bible because they tell us how two statements are related to each other. In this case, a grounding relationship is usually connected with: for, because, or since.

Study Questions

  1. Do you believe that anyone will be able to hear the gospel, repent, and be saved after death? What verses support your answer?
  2. Do you think Peter answers that question in 1 Peter 3:19 and 1 Peter 4:6? Why or why not?
  3. After watching the video, how would you explain Pastor John’s interpretation of these 1 Peter 4:6? Do you agree with it?