In the Confessional Presbyterian, Vol. 3, p. 104ff., Daniel Hyde wrote about several different views of the Descendit - the descent of Christ into Hell - in his article "In Defense of the Descendit: A Confessional Response to Contemporary Critics of Christ's Descent into Hell". I found the article helpful, but found myself a bit puzzled on what exactly each of the views thought concerning where Christ was at any point during the Descendit. According to the orthodox view, Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. His divine nature is God, and therefore omnipresent. But His human nature is the same as ours, yet without sin. So, for these different views of the Descendit, where is Jesus' human body, and where is His human soul during the events of the Crucifixion, Descent, Resurrection, and Ascension?
The four views about which Daniel Hyde wrote about are the following:
- The Punishment View (Christ's human soul undergoing more suffering in order to finish our redemption)
- The Second-Chance View (to give those who died before His first coming the chance to repent)
- Pronouncement of Triumph to Believers View
- Pronouncement of Triumph to Satan View
If you know a particular view's beliefs (it doesn't have to be in this list), I'd be happy to see them here.
What I'm looking for is a sort of chart that has the four events I mentioned above along the top for the columns, and Jesus' human body and human soul along the left for two different rows. So that's 8 table entries per view of the Descendit. Example: