“After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits” (1 Peter 3:19)
In the mystery, of which we can only speculate, Jesus died once for all in order that all who believe, even those who believed before His appearing, would live into the eternal life He promises. The Holy Spirit did not just appear on the day of Pentecost, but is eternal as the Father and Son are eternal, one God, now and forever. The Lord has always been calling to Himself those who would come in faith that His grace would save.
Lord, I have been imprisoned by sin and death. You have answered the prayers of all who cried out to You. You hear and have saved as many as believe. That is a great mystery beyond my ability to comprehend. Guide me, dear Lord, in the way of everlasting life so that I would forever look to You, my Lord and God, as the One who truly is leading me in the way of righteousness.
Whether I have known it or not, You have been with us from the beginning, Holy Spirit. Guide me always in the way of life everlasting in order that I would walk whatever path You set before me. Help me to see more clearly each day the life You have promised. Thank You for making the mysteries known to those who have eyes to see and ears to hear, that Your kingdom would be of every tribe, tongue, and nation. Amen.