Kolb, Robert. The Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2000.
Epitome “IX Concerning Christ’s Descent into Hell” pp. 514-515.
Solid Declaration “IX Concerning Christ’s Descent into Hell” pp. 634-635.
In this very brief article the authors describe a dispute about how Jesus descended into hell. The article is not entirely comprehensible by reason, but is grasped by faith. “[I]t is enough that we know that Christ descended into hell and destroyed hell for all believers and that he redeemed them from the power of death, the devil, and the eternal damnation of hellish retribution” (Kolb 2000, 514). However, the authors confess that we do not know how it happened.
The Solid Declaration does acknowledge that there are numerous possible explanations which have been used in Church history. However, again, it affirms that we will not understand the fullness of the doctrine, we merely confess it as is consistent with the Scriptures (Kolb 2000, 635).