Suicide and Whose in Prison?

  Before we get to the study, I need to make a few comments on some observations I have had the opportunity to make the last few days.  I am on that has a police scanner on pretty much 24/7.  Most of the time it is traffic stops, runaways teenagers, a few domestic calls, and the various traffic accidents and ambulance runs. If you have ever worked in law enforcement or in the medical field these are pretty routine day to day occurrences. What is another routine occurrence is the suicide or attempted suicide call. The past few days It seems there have been an unusaly high number of these calls- there might be one or two in a days time. Tonight there were five and last night there were three.  Of course, just listening to the officers and the dispatcher I get very little information of what is happening other that it is and does happen.  As I think about these people they are obviously hurting and angry either at themselves, at someone they love or just mad at life in general. Suicide and suicide attempts are the result of untreated depression or other mental disorder such as bipolar disease.  As with any other disease, if not treated properly the end result is death.  There are many tests on the internet that you can take to see if you suffer from depression.  Many times the depression is temporary ( situational depression).  Other times the depression may actually be caused by some physical illnesses that have gone undetected.  If you think you may suffering from this disease, call your doctor and do more than talk- communicate clearly with them- do not the doctor rush through an exam then head for the door.   They can prescribe anit depressants and set you up to talk to a therapist( this is called “talk therapy’) and a combination of the two is very effective.  One of the first  signs of depression is a disturbance  of the sleep pattern. This could be sleeping more than normal or insomnia.  While I cannot offer any meds nor am I a licensed counselor, I can offer some scripture verses to take to heart that will provide comfort and may even reveal what is the cause of the depression. I believe that at the root of all of our problems are deep rooted spiritual  problems and these spiritual problems are usually the result of two things, one is by  concealing sin, by that I mean un-confessed sin, and the natural result of this is guilt, and it is that guilt that will become overwhelming.  There are a number of scriptures that deal with depression and provide practical answers . 

Proverbs 28:13

New King James Version (NKJV)

13 He who covers his sins will not prosper,
But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.
The reason Cain was depressed was because of guilt over what he had done.

Genesis 4:6-7

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6 So the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”

King David suffered from depression because of his sin with Bathsheba, until he confessed that sin.

Psalm 32:3-4

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3 When I kept silent, my bones grew old
Through my groaning all the day long.
4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me;
My vitality was turned into the drought of summer.  Selah

Relief form depression caused by guilt is found by confession and seeking God’s forgiveness. 

Psalm 32:5

New King James Version (NKJV)

5 I acknowledged my sin to You,
And my iniquity I have not hidden.
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,”
And You forgave the iniquity of my sin.  Selah

Psalm 32:1-2

New King James Version (NKJV)

 

Psalm 32

A Psalm of David. A Contemplation.[a]
 1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,
Whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity,
And in whose spirit there is no deceit.

Psalm 32:11

New King James Version (NKJV)

11 Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous;
And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

There are many more verses dealing with confession and sin and guilt, if you have Bible that has a concordance -look these words up in the concordance and you might even try looking up depression, doubt and related words.  Lets get to 1 Peter 3:18-22.  

1 Peter 3:18-22

New King James Version (NKJV)

 

Christ’s Suffering and Ours

18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us[a] to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, 19 by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, 20 who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited[b] in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. 21 There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him. 

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Peter 3:18 NU-Text and M-Text read you.
  2. 1 Peter 3:20 NU-Text and M-Text read when the longsuffering of God waited patiently.
18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us[a] to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, 
Jesus died on the cross once to pay for all sins, He only had to do this once. We do not need to put Jesus back on the cross each time we sin. He paid the penalty for the sins of everyone that has ever lived, is living or ever will live, Jesus died once for all sins, past, present and future sins.  This was a one time event! Jesus died on the cross for our sins so that through Him  we might be reconciled to God and once again have fellowship with God and can stand before God as righteous. It is the blood shed on the cross that blots our sins from God’s eyes. God cannot see our sins, only the shed blood of His Son. 
19 by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison,
This is one of the most difficult passage in all of scripture.  There are many different interpretations of this verse the phrase “spirits in prison” is ambiguous at best. The Greek word translated as spirits could mean human spirits, angels or demons.  There are three main interpretations for this verse:
1. Jesus went to where fallen angels are incarcerated and declaring His final victory over evil.
2. Christ was speaking to the human spirits who had died in Noah’s time and were in the realm of the dead. that is hell or hades.  
3. That this is Christ speaking through Noah, preaching to those that were unbelievers of that day and are in prison (hell) since they rejected the Noah’s message of salvation.
Lets stop here for now and pick up in verse 20 next time.
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One comment on “Suicide and Whose in Prison?

  1. There is a lot of that going on. I just returned from a midnight call from a depressed person who was having those thoughts. The devil knows his time is short. There is about to break forth a huge revival all across the world, and the devil is trying to take as many souls with him as he can. Through the power of Jesus Christ, given to us, we will reclaim those souls. We will not let the devil have them!!! We will stand up and tell the devil NO.

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