What is this verse actually saying?
1 Peter 4:6
ESV - 6 For this is why the gospel was preached even to those who are dead, that though judged in the flesh the way people are, they might live in the spirit the way God does.
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If they are spiritually dead, we need to be faithfully praying for them. If they are physically dead, it's too late.
Col 2:13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses This and other passages certainly lead me to believe that redeeming the dead certainly related to the spiritual condition of people who live in a state of unrepentant sin.
The gospel will not profit the Dead, Luke 16:23-31 tells the story of the rich man and the beggar that died and one went to heaven and the other to hell. The one in hell asked for mercy and the reply was that there was a sphere that prohibit anyone from crossing over, he then asked to have the beggar that was in heaven to return from the dead to warn his family not to come to hell where he was and the response was that they have prophets and preachers in the earth to warn them. Although the only account of the dead being given another chance at salvation after they were physically dead was the account of Jesus after his death on the cross went into hell to conquer death and the scriptures says that he led captivity captive and gave gifts unto them. But that would be the only exception. After death then comes judgement and they will be without excuse.
It appointed unto a man to die once after which is judgement, it's when they are still physical alive but spiritually they are dead b'cos they are still living in sin. The gospel of Jesus Christ is preach only to the living.
Rom 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are "alive from the dead", and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. The dead spoken of are those the living dead servants of sin.
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