For to this endthe Good News was preached even to the dead, that they might be judged indeed as men in the flesh, but live as to God in the spirit. But the end of all things is near. Therefore be of sound mind, self-controlled, and sober in prayer. And above all things be earnest in your love among yourselves, for love covers a multitude of sins.(1 Peter 4:6-8, emphasis added)
Mr. Sprenger points out the “dead” cited in these verses are the same “saints in prison” written about earlier. He writes, “Peter is still referring to the souls in prison from the days of Noah, whom Christ preached to, presumably following His crucifixion and descencion into the ‘lower parts of the earth’, in which He ‘lead captive a host of captives…’(Ephesians 4:8,9)” Consider what this means. It reveals the truth “concerning the purpose of God’s judgments on mankind in order to bring about his future plans for them to live in the Spirit!”
The doctrine of universal reconciliation preaches that Christ Jesus is the hope for believers and the hope for unbelievers. Christ Jesus preached to the dead who never heard His Gospel. He saved those who had no inclination to believe He was their Messiah. Consequently, all will be reconciled to Him, to the Father and God will be “all in all.” This is Impartial Grace.