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This question is based off of an assumption that the spiritually dead could not go to “Paradise.” This, however, overlooks the fact that sins were not taken away until the atonement was completed (Hebrews 10:1-4). While the OT saints had life, they only had it in view of the cross of Christ. Under the Law they were still considered spiritually dead.
So, everyone under the Law died in a state of spiritual separation because of man’s inability to follow the law perfectly. The difference lies within if they tried to keep the law or not. One group was destined to rise to eternal life, but the other was destined to shame and everlasting contempt (Daniel 12:2) Therefore, Christ could give His soul as an offering and still go to “Paradise” because of His perfect keeping of the Law.
This represents the heart of the debate between futurism and preterism. The death that Jesus came to defeat is the death that entered in the garden, the death Adam experienced the day he ate of the fruit. When Adam ate, he lived for another 900 years and had children, one who died physically before he did. Thus, the death Adam died was not physical, but spiritual: he became separated from God. Thus, the death Jesus came to defeat is not physical death, but spiritual. Bodies are still in graves after the resurrection has taken place because the Bible does not speak about the resurrection of physical bodies, but reunion between God and man, made possible through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.