1 Peter 4:6 | Bible Exposition Commentary (2023)

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by Grant Richison | Nov 14, 1997 | 1 Peter | 85 comments

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“For this reason the gospel was preached also to those who are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.”

This verse is one of the most challenging verses in the Bible to interpret. The rules of interpretation that we should keep in mind are that we interpret unclear verses with clear verses and the minority of texts with the majority of texts. Unfortunately, neither is this verse clear nor the majority of texts dealing with this subject.

For this reason

“For” is a term of explanation. Peter is explaining that unbelievers must give account to God (v.5).

“This reason” means unto this end. For what purpose was the gospel preached? There is a twofold purpose found in this verse:

1. that non-Christians will evaluate Christians as people in the flesh, and

2. that those who accept the gospel will live forever according to God’s norms

the gospel was preached also

The tense in the verb “was preached” is most important (aorist tense [one point], indicative mood [actually happened]). Peter deals here with the historical past. He is not saying that the gospel is in the process of being preached to the dead. The preaching took place when these “dead ones” were still amid the living. This is the only time when preaching is effective — when we are alive physically on earth. Thus, the “dead” here are those physically dead at the point of writing First Peter.

to those who are dead,

There is no verb “are” in this verse. Literally, this phrase would read “to dead ones.” They are dead from the viewpoint of the remaining Christians on earth. The dead Christians of verse six had the gospel preached to them while alive on earth (aorist tense; indicative mood). They became Christians while on earth and are now dead. They heard the gospel while alive and have now passed into eternity before the writing of this epistle. This statement encourages Christians that they have something for which to live beyond this present life.

What is the difference between the “dead” of verse five and verse six? The dead of verse five “will give account” (future tense). Therefore, these persons are spiritually dead, dead in sin. They are eternally out of fellowship with God (Romans 5:12; 6:23; Ephesians 2:1; Colossians 2:13). The “dead” of this verse are Christians who have come to Christ and have their sins eternally paid for by the sufferings of Jesus on the cross.


Christians face an altogether different future than the lost.


Is there a gospel of the second chance? According to this verse–no! There is no second chance. The only time we can come to Christ is when we are alive on earth.

The Bible says that those without Christ are dead while still physically living. They are dead spiritually.

“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12).

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23)

“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1).

Are you dead, spiritually? Would you like to come alive spiritually? All it takes is trust in Christ’s death for your sins to give you eternal life.

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life” (John 5:24).

Note that the above passage says that you immediately pass from death (spiritual) into life (eternal) at the moment of belief. Will you now trust what Christ has done for you?

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    Phouliphan, Saisavanhon December 3, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Dear Dr. Grant
    I am student at Mountain View College in Phillippines. I come from Laos and I am planing to have my research about this text 1 Peter 4:6. I need more yoursuggestionabout this text and how can I have good research or how can I find sources about this more? Please help me.
    Thanks and God bless you Dr. Grant !
    Phouliphan, Saisavanh

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    Granton December 4, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Phouliphan, thanks for your comment. It is a blessing that you will seriously study this passage.

    As you may notice that I did this study in 1997 and I do not remember the resources that I used. I know that I used the Greek text because that is always the basis of my interpretation.

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    Jimmyon April 4, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    I think it is a fairly simple verse if you read 1 Peter chapter 3:18 and forward to this part. Jesus went and preached the gospel during His 3 days before resurrectionin the heart of the earth to those who were disobedient in Noah's day. The Word of God is not complex or difficult to understand. God bless !!

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    Jimmyon April 4, 2013 at 9:18 pm


    I just saw the comments above and I am not a Mormon. It is a fairly easy verse to understand like I said above. Thank you and keep reading the Word of our Savior Jesus. By His blood alone we are saved. Thanks for the forum here. amen

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    Chrison May 10, 2013 at 4:33 am

    Hi Dr. Grant,

    Please,could you explain to me what these two rules of interpretation means? to

    "interpret unclear verses with the clear verses' and "interpret the minority of texts with the majority of texs"

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    Granton May 15, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Chris, if there is an unclear passage before us then we chose two rules of interpretation that clarifies the problem passage: 1) what does the majority of texts speak the the issue in the problem passage and 2) what do the clearer passage speak to the problem.

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    Jaysonon June 20, 2013 at 7:36 am

    i dont think that you understand the verse in the context it was written. Question, what happens to those where the gospel of God never penetrate…what about poeople that never heard about the Gospel or like in Exodus 20…worshiping GOd as idols, what happens to them when they die and never had been given a change to undergo the Gospel…dont you think they also need fair chance to enter heaven to meet their maker.

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    Granton June 20, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Jayson, your interpretation is purely hypothetical based on a preconceived idea that is not biblical. Interpretation should be based on extant statements of Scripture.

    Your point about those who have never heard is answered in Romans 1 and 10. In Romans 1 people "supress" the truth (Greek: hold down) "in unrighteousness." All they have to do is look at creation and go positive toward the Creator then God will send a preacher (Romans 10).

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    Epimacon September 4, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Love you Dr Grant for bearing the hardship unto you. I’ve been reading your explanation and people’s comments, I said it’s a few who can be so kind to reply. I see that you know what you are doing and you are honest gentleman.
    Dr Grant I read the verse and reread it but could not see the meaning of Peter, I said I’ll pray first before coming to it again, but I get some clue by embrancing your explanation. Thanks for your hard work.

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    Granton September 5, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Epimac, this is a passage that is very difficult to understand. I think I remember reading once that this section of1 Peter had over 60 interpretations. Those who try to claim that this passage is simple to understand are simply ignorant of the issues.

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    Epimacon September 9, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Morning Dr Grant, how are you, today I bring Titus 2:13. Would you help me with more explanations. Thank you

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    Granton September 11, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Epimac, that passage refers to the Rapture when Jesus comes to claim His church and take them to heaven. That verse also proclaims that Christ is God Himself.

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    William Bradford Emmonson February 4, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Thank you for this helpful explanation of a passage Steve Brown described in a tape I received last week as entirely confusing. As a brand new reader, I'm grateful to Google for leading me to this site, and for your faithful work in studying, and sharing the Good News


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    Guido Lizzion March 9, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    This could not possibly have anything to do with 3:19-20. Chapter 3 refers to a different thing: it says "spirits in prison". When a person dies, the spirit does not receive salvation nor condemnation (Ecclesiastes 12:7 KJV
    [7] Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it), IT IS THE SOUL THAT IS SAVED OR CONDEMNED.

    In chapter 3:19 Peter speaks of a different thing: Jesus going back to proclaim victory before rebellious spirits that rebelled before the flood (Genesis 6:1-2). Those "sons of God" werespiritual beings who left their position in haven out of lustful rebellion.

    1 Peter 4:6 speaks of evangelism for redemption of the soul of men. I agree completely with the commentary shared here.

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    Guido Lizzion March 9, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Also, the people from the Old Testament had the revelation of God.

    1 Peter 1:9-12 KJV
    [9] Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. [10] Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: [11] Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. [12] Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

    If they didn't, then Kimg David could not possibly be saved, neither Abraham or Noah, or Moses or the prophets. The revelation then was incomplete, but nevertheless powerful to save if accepted in faith. Romans speaks about this quite a lot.

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    Yvan Rheaulton April 16, 2014 at 9:50 am

    This is a very interesting explanation you gave, Dr. Grant. I thought about the parallel contrasted in 1Pi.4:6 highlighted by the greek use of "men" and "de". You did spoke a bit about it. I saw the couples : judged – live ; according to men – according to God ; in the flesh – in the spirit.

    The context of the epistle is persecution and martyrdom as you pointed out. The judgment of men of these believers was death (see James Ac.12:2 or Antipas Re.2:13). Here, Peter gives hope to the remaining living believers by adding that according to God, they are now living in the spiritual realm even if they are dead in their bodies.

    So the main point of Peter saying that is to boost the moral of suffering believers seeing the brothers and sisters dying for the beliefs ; yes, they may be judged by men and put to dead in their bodies but for God they are living in his spiritual realm because God is not the God of the dead but of the living, like Jesus said.

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    Douglas Clineon June 18, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    This is very similar to how I would explain this verse. I have been reading a lot about the Mormon doctrine of ‘baptism for the dead’ and was looking for various explanations for the verses they cite to espouse their teaching. While the doctrine is very attractive; there is no overwhelming scriptural backing to validate it. Thanks for the commentary!

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    Tsar Nicholason March 19, 2018 at 12:17 am

    I think those who are confused by this passsage – especially the author – should read it in conjunction with 1 Peter 3: 18-22. Clearly, Jesus when he died in the flesh, descended into the habitation of those who were dead, physically and not just spiritually. And cross reference with Ephesians 4: 8-9 – He ascended but before that descended and “He led the captives away and gave gifts to men.”

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    Granton March 19, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Tsar, your reference to 3:18ff is without warrant. See my study of 3:18 to the end of the chapter.

    It is important to note that in 3:19 the “spirits” are not human beings. The gospel was not preached to human beings after their physical death. Thus, 4:6 is not an elaboration of 3:19. Also, 3:19 does not refer to preaching the gospel whatsoever but to a “proclamation” of triumph over demonic spirits (see my study on that verse). As well, the verb in “the gospel was preached” (euēngelisthē) is in the passive mood, thus the gospel preached does not refer to the preaching done by Christ but to the preaching of Christ. The preaching was done by human beings, not by Christ. There is no textual evidence for Christ preaching the gospel after a person has died. Neither is there any evidence in the text for limiting the dead to those who lived before the incarnation (OT saints) or for those who have not had an opportunity to hear the gospel. The NT nowhere else suggests that a person can become a believer after death or that all dead will be saved (cf. He 9:17).

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    The argument of First Peter is that believers are to endure persecution knowing that they have eternal life before them. The argument here is that they should persevere because God will judge the lost (v. 5). It does not follow that Peter should change his argument to a promise of a second chance. A second chance rips the heart out of the entire argument of the book.

    The point here is that these people believed the gospel when they were alive but subsequently died. Unbelievers viewed their death as proof that there is no advantage of becoming a believer because everyone without exception dies. To contradict this thinking Peter argues that unbelievers do not get the entire picture. Death is not the last word for believers because God will raise them from the dead.

    The contrast between “flesh” and “spirit” is parallel to 3:18 where Christ died in His flesh but was raised to life by the Holy Spirit. Believers have a similar destiny; they die physical but will be raised to eternal life by the Holy Spirit.

    Peter’s use of the present tense and subjunctive mood shows the certainty of this coming to pass. It is assurance of their eternal future that lies ahead.

    Verse 5 points to the condemnation of unbelievers while the judgment of verse 6 relates to the death of believers. The judgment is “according to men” and they will live “according to God.” The final judgment is not in view in v.6.

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    Steveon July 23, 2019 at 1:08 am

    The rules of interpretation should be as follows. 1) we must understand the background and who the writer is speaking about and the background of the scripture; 2) What are the doctrine and identify the principles; 3) How does it apply to us today. The explanation that you gave made no sense at all. 1 Peter 3:18 is in line with that those that are dead don’t get a chance of Resurrection at all? The problem is that Christianity has watered down and has decided to form doctrine to appease pagan practices and not only that but to come up with a doctrine like the Trinity that took 2 centuries to debate on the deity of God? Just my 2 cents. 🙂

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    Granton July 29, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Steve, it appears that you do not follow your own “rules” of the hermeneutics of which you yourself assert. Then you launch into a non-sequitur which has no relevance to this passage.

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    Angelon June 5, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    Hello Sir.
    This enlightens me, as I’ve been troubled by my brother’s use of this verse to believe that there is a second chance. They are members of a Christian church that is very active in inner healing and deliverance practices. They believe that after someone dies, the spirit roams around and occasionally enters someone’s body. When their group delivers that body, the spirit will have a chance to accept Jesus, receive salvation, and freely enter heaven. This is the first time I’ve heard such a belief expressed in a Christian church. What do you have to say about it?

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    Granton June 6, 2021 at 11:50 am

    Angel, that teaching sounds like Mormonism, which is heresy. It has no biblical basis.

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    Danielon April 1, 2022 at 6:24 am

    Hello Dr. Grant,

    Just wanted to give words of encouragement for your honest and diligent biblical studies of the passages presented! I couldn’t quite understand why commentaries were leaning towards the interpretation of the preaching of the dead meaning Christians, but your step-by-step breakdown of the passage helped me to see it much more insightfully. Also wanted to note that I have a profound respect for your responses to other comments that are in disagreement with your interpretation, as you refute it with a biblical account of the canonical perspective and specific verses to back it up!

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    Granton April 1, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    Daniel, thank you for your words of encouragement.

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Pope Gregory I, in Gospel Homily 26, notes that the Son is "sent" by the Father both in the sense of an eternal generation and a temporal Incarnation. Thus, the Spirit is said to be "sent" by the Son from the Father both as to an eternal procession and a temporal mission.

What does he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father mean? ›

The “right hand” is seen as a place of honor and status throughout the biblical text. When the Bible makes statements that Jesus Christ sits at the right hand of the Father, it is affirming that he has equal status to the Father within the Godhead (Hebrews 1:3, 12:2; 1 Peter 3:22; Acts 7:55-56).

What does it mean when Jesus tells his disciples they will become fishers of men? ›

He tells them to “follow me and I'll make you fishers of men.” In other words, you think what you're doing now is good, but if you follow me I can show you greatness. They were content catching fish. Jesus called them to change lives.

What does it mean the Lord himself goes before you and will be with you? ›

“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” — Psalm 34:18. This powerful verse reminds us that God will never leave us. No matter what.

What is the difference between God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit? ›

Among the nontrinitarian beliefs, Sabellianism taught that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are essentially one and the same, the difference being simply verbal, describing different aspects or roles of a single being.

Is the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit one being? ›

Trinity, in Christian doctrine, the unity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as three persons in one Godhead. The doctrine of the Trinity is considered to be one of the central Christian affirmations about God.

Is the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit are one? ›

There is one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, a unity of three co-eternal Persons. God is immortal, all-powerful, all-knowing, above all, and ever present. He is infinite and beyond human comprehension, yet known through His self-revelation.

What does the right hand symbolize? ›

The raised right hand signifies bravery, power, virility; while on the contrary the same hand, turned to the left and placed below the left hand, signifies, according to context, the ideas of death, destruction and burial.

What angel is the right hand of God? ›

Enoch was instrumental in establishing the pre-eminent place of Michael among the angels or archangels, and in later Jewish works he is said to be their chief, mediating the Torah (the law of God) and standing at the right hand of the throne of God.

What did God say before he ascended into heaven? ›

Then just before His Ascension into heaven, the Lord repeated the call: “Ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8). As members of the Church and disciples of Christ, we must come to terms with this challenge today.

Why is Jesus represented by a fish? ›

The Greek letters for ichthus (meaning “fish”, pronounced “ICK-THOOS”) became an acronym: I=Jesus; X=Christ; O=God's; Y=Son; E=Savior. Today, the person who displays the fish symbol has accepted the same New Testament teaching that these early Christians accepted: that Jesus Christ is their Lord and Savior.

What does fish represent in Christianity? ›

The Ichthys symbol (or "Jesus fish") is a sign typically used to proclaim an affiliation with or affinity for Christianity. The fish was originally adopted by early Christians as a secret symbol, but the many variations known today first appeared in the 1980s.

Are Simon and Peter the same person? ›

Peter the Apostle, original name Simeon or Simon, (died 64 ce, Rome [Italy]), disciple of Jesus Christ, recognized in the early Christian church as the leader of the 12 disciples and by the Roman Catholic Church as the first of its unbroken succession of popes.

What happens when the Spirit of the Lord comes upon you? ›

Acts 1:8 says, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” This power that comes from the Holy Spirit allows you to stand strong for the things of God.

How does God reveal himself to us through? ›

➢ Because Human reason is limited, God also reveals himself through divine revelation. ➢ Divine revelation begins with Abraham and ends with Jesus. ➢ Jesus, God made man, is the ultimate expression of Divine Revelation.

Why does God wait before he responds to some of our prayers? ›

Sometimes God waits to answer our prayers because He trusts us to make the right decision. Other times, God requires us to patiently wait for an answer so we can build our faith and trust in Him. And on some occasions, God gives us answers, but they may not be what we'd hoped for.


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