For as much then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same…
I have often asked myself what was the effect in hell when Christ gained the victory over sin and death. There is a striking picture in the "Apocryphal Gospels " of what it might have been. At the moment Christ died the tidings reached Beelzebub, "Jesus hath died, and hath overthrown thy kingdom on earth." Then David with his harp of gold, and Isaiah, the prophet, are heard singing and shouting with joy, "Lift up your heads, oh ye gates, and be ye lift up ye everlasting doors, and the King of Glory shall come in" (Psalm 24.). Beelzebub replies with the haughty question, "Who is this King of Glory?" And the answer comes: "The Lord strong and mighty: the Lord mighty in battle." Again in trembling tones Beelzebub asks: "Who is the King of Glory?" And again rings out the paean of triumph, "The Lord of Hosts, He is the King of Glory." Then just as the Philistines fled before David, so all the devils flee when they hear what Christ has done. That is figure, but this is fact, that through death Christ overcame him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.
(H. W. Webb-Peploe, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
WEB: Since then the children have shared in flesh and blood, he also himself in the same way partook of the same, that through death he might bring to nothing him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,